Released: 2004, Woodcut Records
Reviewer: Luxi Lahtinen
Now we have somewhat an interesting band here... Let´s get straight to the point for a change without starting bullshitting about a short history of the band and just that kind of crap, shall we? De Lirium´s Order´s musical package is, to put it shorthly, a big mish-mash of influences being ripped from Thrash, - Death – and Black Metal genres where you are hear anything from Demigod to Slayer to Dimmu Borgir to Deicide - even to Children of Bodom (I´m referring here to some lead work, tho – and luckily NO synths here at all!). Actually it´s really damn hard to categorize them under one specific genre and say they play this and that stuff, so I´ll leave this up to a listener to decide if he/or she even necessarily even wants to use a certain category to label them for one reason or the other?
However, it needs to be said, however that I´m having a very strong and promising debut album of De Lirium´s Order in my hands right now. I haven´t become familiar with the band´s music too much earlier and therefore I can honestly say I was quite damn positively surprised by VICTIM NO. 52 due to its very aggressive, highly technical, well-played, a bit progressive even, innovative and malicious metal songs on it. Especially the twin guitar work on the album is frighteningly impressive throughout the whole album, full of razor-sharp kick-ass riffs (check out "Nightmare in Apartment" to become convinced of this fact), awesome leads and just very strong and cutting rhythms that tend to follow each other on the album, one after another. Coprse (also in a Finnish deathrashing combo called Deathchain) has also succeeded in doing his a bit archaistic growling vocal parts very well for the album without sounding corny at all, but more like on the contrary, sounding very powerful and convincing like he would have never sounded better.
Oddly the guys do remind me of some of Demigod´s thrashier approach on the band´s latest SHADOW MECHANICS album with all those parts where bits of Death Metal cross a bit larger doses of Thrash Metal or just the other way around. De Lirium´s Order´s ´dimmuborgir´ish´ moments, on the other hand, can be experienced in a song called "Pathologist´s Perverse Fantasies" where Kuolio from Deathchain does his absolutely very best Shagrath -imitation right after the song has reached 2-minutes mark. He would have a true potentiality to be a lead singer in some Black Metal band, too, - just not a single doubt of it at all.
Well, there really isn´t much else I could ´lie´ more about this album to you... (eh!), I mean, put some facts straight about this pleasingly high-octane deathrashing assault that definitely rocks better and much harder that Elvis ever did in his early prime. And I´m already assuming you also wanna witness very eagerly and anxiously how well De Lirium´s Order does ´rock´ indeed... Don´t you?!