Released: 2007, Shadow World Records
Reviewer: Luxi Lahtinen
It´s been 3 years since this Finnish deathrash combo, De Lirium´s Order, released their debut opus titled VICTIM NO. 52 on Woodcut Records. Since those days the band´s line-up has been changed a bit: Corpse´s (Deathchain) place on vocals has been taken by Infection and K.E. Pestilence (ha, just gotta love these artist names!) has joined the band to take care of the bass duties. I´m not sure whether these line-up changes have necessarily done any good for them because even if these guys prove to be technically skilled enough and capable of playing nearly everything - from their more progressive parts to sheer shredding parts, it´s still somewhat a tough task to get a good grip on the songs on DIAGNOSIS. I mean, after the first 2-3 rough rounds with the album, I was like: “This sounds pretty good, but don´t many other today´s releases do, too?”
De Lirium´s Order throw in 9 of their own songs + “Incarnated Solvent Abuse” which is a Carcass cover song (and which works out even in a pretty amazing way in the hands of this Finnish deathrash camp) on DIAGNOSIS - and undoubtedly the album has its moments (of technical wankery?), but regardless of that I think the album will be sinking into the bottomless pit of many other ´so-so´ sounding metal releases that are floating to the market all the time. I just wish the band could have had more guts to break down some certain, faceless barricades on their way towards the final outcome of the songs on DIAGNOSIS. It´s just that sometime good isn´t good enough - no matter how hard you´d try to prove it to people.
After a heavy rain comes also some sunshine. So let´s consider such songs as “Panzram”, “Ebola Instinct” and “Thy Flesh Consumed” as those so-called much sought-after ´sunshine songs´ off DIAGNOSIS to make the album worth checking out. These three particular songs in question, at least try to show some potentiality in them - being able to rip through the air in a convincing enough way - and to put its listener´s neck muscles to some sort of a test of flexibility. Lethal and mind-piercing riffs are there - so is the necessary amount of catchy hooks and ripping heaviness that all create a nice wholeness together. The problem, however, is that the musical style De Lirium´s Order represents for, is packed by hundreds of similar sounding artists these days and they unfortunately do not differ from this package enough for their own good.