Deceased drummer Dave Castillo has passed away at age 43. Tragically, he died this past Monday, November 12th, while visiting family in El Salvador; the apparent cause of death is drowning.
Today, HELLS HEADBANGERS confirms that underground legends DECEASED will release their next full-length album through the label. Set for release later on in 2013 through HELLS HEADBANGERS on both CD and LP formats, the next DECEASED album will be titled Ghostly White and shall feature the following tracklisting:
Deceased has been around for quite a while at this point, but even today they are not that well known, though they really should be. Formed back in 1985, the Arlington, Virginia based Death/Thrash Metal effort has put out a number of releases, though not many full-lengths, having only five up to this point. It’s been roughly six years since their last full-length effort, As the Weird Travel On, and in the same respect this new album also has a new home. Surreal Overdose mark’s the groups sixth full-length effort, and it is being issued by the more underground label Patac Records. Given the large gap between these two releases, one can only wonder whether or not this album will find Deceased on par with what their most recent of full-lengths offered, or if the album is doomed in any way.
When it comes to Deceased, one of the most important albums in the band’s career is the release of their fourth full-length studio effort, Supernatural Addiction. Over the years towards that album, the band continued to grow and work together their morbid, creepier Death Metal approach, and their furious early Thrash Metal sound. On Supernatural Addiction, listeners found the band reaching a pinacle of their growth to a mature sound that felt influenced by both the aforementioned earth Death Metal and Thrash sounds, but also took a little Heavy Metal into consideration, which is someting many songs on this effort show off nicely. But, is this really one of the bands, strongest efforts, or could this be more of an overhyped released due to the production quality working in their favor compared to earlier entries into their discography?
There is no denying that one of the most underrated acts in the Death Metal universe is the band Deceased. Formed back in 1985 in Arlington, Virginia, this group blends their own morbid and slightly gothic approach to mixing Death Metal and Thrash Metal into a rather unique experience. Between intensity, speed, and catchy music, the group has maintained a strong following, especially with the underground in today’s Metal culture. After being the first act to sign to Relapse Records and issuing a few EPs and their first full-length, Luck of the Corpse, the group put out one of their strongest recordings, but easily one of their most overlooked albums, entitled The Blueprints for Madness.
Shortly after the successful Paranormal Addiction, Deceased went back into the studio with some new material to record a follow-up companion EP entitled Behind the Mourner’s Veil. Sadly, this EP was not as widely received as the full-length it supports, but it could be for the majority of the content. The EP features two unreleased tracks in the same vein as the previous effort, as well as a few cover tracks, a nearly eleven minute song about The West Memphis Three, as well as a bonus video on the enhanced portion of the disc. But, what is it about this EP that found many fans not necessarily paying so much attention?