"Displaying the Art of Carnage" (Epitomite; 2006)

Reviewed by Christopher J. Kelter


Deaden is led by Lividity mainman Von Young. Back from an unanticipated six plus year absence, Deaden’s newest effort “Displaying the Art of Carnage” features brutal death metal with extraordinarily low guttural vocals and a super-precise style approaching grindcore speed/ferocity, but not necessarily compositional complexity. Elements of groove-like death metal make appearances lending the tracks some much needed diversity.

It’s easy to see why certain underground legends will have a second chance at success. And therein lies the appeal – Deaden’s stellar, sturdy reputation has survived the test of time. The music contained on “Displaying the Art of Carnage” is within the narrow confines of the brutal death genre yet at times is both stellar and engaging.

Fans of the brutal death metal genre can generously add one more chainsaw for a three and a half chainsaw rating.

“Displaying the Art of Carnage” was produced by Deaden. I found “Displaying the Art of Carnage” to be more enjoyable through headphones than speakers – this allowed some of the subtler elements of the songs to be heard with more clarity.

Deaden is Von Young on vocals and guitar, Drew Stockman on guitars, Jake Lahniers on bass and vocals, and Ethan Deppe on drums.

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Rating Guide:

A classic. This record will kick your ass.

Killer. Not a classic but it will rock your world.

So-so. You've heard better.

Pretty bad. Might make a nice coaster.

Self explanatory. Just the sight of the cover makes you wanna hurl.

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