March 8th, 2010
Release length: 50:55
Visions Of Death is a solid album that finds the band really pushing some good material. “Beyond the Darkness” is a great openning track that really takes you into the band’s straight forward roots with lyrics about murder and other generic and expect lyrical themes. Not all the tracks are like “Beyond the Darkness” however, as much of the album seems to go at a much slower pace like with “Screamatorium” and “Dead But Walking”. There also is a third unavoidable option on here of a varying mix of fast and slow paced music all throught the songs, such as on “Welcome to the Morgue”. The latter track, and those like it such as “They Hear Your Heart Beating”, really jump around between the two, but a good majority of the time it sound alright.
There are some tracks on the album that leave you scratching your head and wondering what the band was thinking. “Welcome To The Morgue” is the perfect example of this, though the guitars on “Screamatorium” is the first thanks to them having a very hollow sound. The song acts more as a story with the vocalist simply narrating you through, starting with him welcoming you to the graveyard. While this is not a bad idea, the vocals used during the song clash so horribly against the very little music the band actually plays during much of the song. This track effectively kills the flow of the album right away, and the material that follows doesn’t really do much to reinstill the faith of the album either.
One positive aspect of the album comes towards the end though, with the band taking some of the lyrical concepts to old horror b-movies. This is also where some of the more structurally sound material kicks in. The track “They Hear Your Heart Beating” is a song based on the old horror film The Tombs Of The Blind Dead, which is also eluded too in the lyrics during the song. You then also have the track “Possessed Dead”, one of the better tracks off the entire release, that clearly takes from the movie Evil Dead, as mentioned within the chorus of the song itself and the mentioning of the Necronomicon. While “They Hear Your Heart Beat” is not as good as “Possessed Dead”, the latter, as well as the faster tracks like “Beyond the Darkness”, “Eternally Entombed” and “Trapped Between Both Worlds” are really where this album shines.
If Disfigured Dead were to concentrate on creating more tracks that really focus on writing faster and heavier music, instead of going from intensity to a crawl like on some of the tracks here, then they would be a band that could easily rip your face off. Visions Of Death is a good album with some great material that fans of the style will honestly enjoy. Sadly, it’s just got a good amount of material that simply won’t have much of a lasting effect on the listener. Either way, this is a band to keep an eye on.
01. Beyond the Darkness – 3:49
02. The Gates of Hell – 3:05
03. Screamatorium – 3:40
04. Mentally Mutilated – 6:08
05. Welcome to the Morgue – 5:59
06. The Act of an Unsound Mind – 3:06
07. Dead But Walking – 4:13
08. Trapped Between Worlds – 3:36
09. Visions of Death – 3:18
10. They Hear Your Heart Beating – 4:00
11. Possessed Dead – 4:17
12. Eternally Entombed – 5:44
|Initial Pressing Score: 6/10
Digital review copy of this release provided by Hells Headbangers.