The long-running metal maestros have kept the faith since 1985, summoning a slew of cult releases and building up an immensely dedicated fanbase that has followed the band merrily into hell and back. Now, at the dawn of 2011, King Fowley and his band of ‘bangers have returned with Surreal Overdose, their first full-length of all-new material since 2005’s As The Weird Travel On. Armed with a May 13th release date, the album will be unleashed by the Northeast’s gnarliest, PATAC Records. Preorders for the album are currently up on the PATAC website: patac.bigcartel.com/product/deceased-surreal-overdose-cd
The band is also streaming two new songs – “Kindred Assembly” and “The Traumatic” – on their official website. Take a listen here: upthetombstones.net/news_2011.html#1
“Surreal Overdose” track listing:
01. Skin Crawling Progress (7:00)
02. Kindred Assembly (4:30)
03. The Traumatic (5:30)
04. Cloned (Day of the Robot) (5:40)
05. Vulture Shock (4:55)
06. In the Laboratory Of Joyous Gloom (6:55)
07. A Doom-Laden Aura (1:20)
08. Dying In Analog (7:50)
Ringleader King Fowley triumphantly returned to the drum kit for this recording, handling both drums and vocals. The band also welcomed in longtime live member Shane Fuegel on guitar (replacing long time band member Mark Adams who retired from music in 2007), while Mike Smith continued on studio guitar alongside longtime bassist Les Snyder.
Deceased has attained a dedicated, though cult following throughout a lengthy recording and live career. Founded in 1984, by drummer and vocalist King Fowley, the first band to sign Relapse Records, they released four full albums through the label, along with a number of EPs, demos and re-releases of early demos. Leaving Relapse Records in 2003 to sign to Thrash Corner, the band continues to release material to this day. Their sound centers around the powerhouse drumming and horror lyrics barked, sometimes narrated vocals of Fowley, telling tales of zombies and classic works of horror from The Twilight Zone to the works of Edgar Allan Poe (“Dark Chilling Heartbeat” retells “The Tell-Tale Heart” on their Supernatural Addiction album), while the twin guitars often move quickly from riff to riff – the band’s songs typically work through several time signature and tempo changes. From their fairly primitive origins, while their core sound has always retained an almost punk/hardcore edge to its rawness, Deceased became more and more ambitious in terms of their use of melody in their progressive, lengthy thrash guitar workouts. This transition in their career was marked by the release of a full zombie concept LP, “Fearless Undead Machines”, with cover art by painter Wes Benscoter and spoken samples from George A. Romero’s “..of the Dead” films, as well as the band’s own attempts to stage classic horror monologue and storytelling. In 2005 the band signed with Thrash Corner Records and released ‘As the Weird Travel On’ which was accepted instantly in the underground as one of few old-school metal bands still putting out quality material. The band started their own label in 2008 called Shrieks from the Hearse Records. They re-released ‘Fearless Undead Machines’ as a 2 cd set soon after. 2009-10 saw the band on the road more then ever with lengthy tours both on the east and west coasts.