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A Venom Well Designed - The Great Deceiver

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Genre: Hard Rock & Metal - Heavy Metal / Artist: The Great Deceiver / Audio CD released 2002-05-20 at Peaceville/Snapper

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      13.07.2009 22:18
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      A dark mix of hardcore and industrial with excellent screamed vocals

      On their debut album 'A Venom Well Designed', The Great Deciever merge hardcore and industrial elements along with more than a smattering of nu-metal, but whilst this may sound less than promising the eleven tracks on offer here are actually pretty damn good.

      The songs are fairly straightforward affairs, consisting of punchy, chugging, stop-start riffs, dirgey backing guitars and melancholy melodic guitar leads, but whilst simplistic and frequently nu-metal-like, the crunchy riffs and sombre melodies are both enjoyable and successful in creating a satisfyingly bleak atmosphere, made all the more powerful by the powerful rasping vocals.

      Ah, the vocals. These are performed by none other than Tomas Lindberg of At The Gates, and are as consistently excellent as ever, consisting of his trademark cross between tortured howls and glass-gargling screams that despite their ferocity never mask the thoughtful, yet misanthropic and nihilistic lyrics that fit so perfectly with his unique vocal style. Whilst the album is not devoid of atmosphere musically speaking, the vast majority of its power is down to Lindberg. The album has a slight crust/punk feel going on , and this style has always suited Lindberg's vocals, as is amply demonstrated in his perfomances with both At The Gates and Disfear. The album is tinged with an industrial feel to it as well, and the coldness of the vocals work well in conjuction with the mechanical nature of the music.

      Whilst enjoyable the album does remain somewhat one dimensional however, and is not without is flaws. Chief amongst these is the horrible, clanging drum sound, whereby the same biscuit-tin beat is hammered out endlessly throughout the album. There's very little variation in the drumming, and the drums are too loud in the mix too, but combined with a satisfyingly meaty guitar sound and Tomas's deranged bellowing, as a whole the thing still manages to sound rather good. Lindberg does produce some rather angsty clean vocals on occasion, but whilst these are perhaps a little cliched they by no means spoil the listening experience.

      'A Venom Well Designed' is nothing amazing then, but its gratifyingly stripped down sound, unpretentious nature and the moving, depressive atmosphere afforded by the riffs and vocals makes it a stangely appealing album that remains well worth the occasional spin.

      Tracklisting-

      1. Pierced
      2. The Living End
      3. Poisoned Chalice
      4. After the Flood
      5. Enter the Martyrs
      6. The Demons Lair
      7. Arsenic Dreams
      8. Strychnine
      9. The Blade
      10. Leave it all Behind
      11. Destroy - Adore

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      Disc #1 Tracklisting
      1 Pierced
      2 The Living End
      3 Poisoned Chalice
      4 After the Flood
      5 Enter the Martyrs
      6 The Demons Lair
      7 Arsenic Dreams
      8 Strychnine
      9 The Blade
      10 Leave it all Behind
      11 Destroy - Adore