Deceased – Ghostly White
Reviewed: January, 2019
Released: 2018, Hells Headbangers
Reviewer: Aaron Yurkiewicz
Over the course of three decades, the metal scene has seen its fair share of trends come and go, and in some cases, come again. But like a sort of zombified, universal constant, Deceased has always been there. JNCOs, ear spools, and corpse paint be damned – King Fowley and company have always been there to reassure us that it’s all going to be okay, that there are still real metal bands that still play real metal. Which seems all the more fitting that given the current “WTF-is-happening?” state of our global climate that Deceased have gifted us with GHOSTLY WHITE, their first new full length since 2011’s SURREAL OVERDOSE. Press play, it’s all going to be okay.
Though Deceased were at the inception of the death metal scene and still proudly wave that flag, GHOSTLY WHITE is a straight up, old school Heavy F@#king Metal record. Save for the gruffness in Fowley’s vocals, there are hardly any remnants of the band’s past trappings across the album, but it all still sounds unmistakably like Deceased. New tunes like the Burnt Offerings inspired “Mrs. Allardyce”, “A Palpitation’s Warning” and the conceptually epic “Pale Surroundings” are the most unabashedly melodic tunes the band has penned since the SUPERNATURAL ADDICTION days, and the horror inspired themes that thread the 8 tracks make the whole thing sound more like Mercyful Fate than Massacre. Bundle all that up with 55-minutes of non-stop, high intensity riffs courtesy of long-time axemen Mike Smith and Shane Fuegel, and you’ve got yourself a Saturday night.
There’s not another band in the underground that sounds like Deceased, and it’s good to have them back. GHOSTLY WHITE sounds like the signature Deceased record you need and want right now, full of the ugly cult goodness that’s earned them a legendary status within the scene. But it’s also got plenty to offer new listeners who haven’t yet entered their mausoleum of metal madness.
1. Mrs. Allardyce
2. Germ of Distorted Lore
3. A Palpitation’s Warning
4. To Serve the Insane
5. Endless Well
6. The Shivers
7. Thoughts from a Leaking Brain
8. Pale Surroundings