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Deprecated - "Deriding His Creation" (CD)

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"Deriding His Creation" track listing:

1. Deriding His Creation
2. Mentally Deprived
3. Realization of Betrayal
4. Induced Deception

Reviewed by on January 17, 2014

"Featuring members of such vaunted acts as Decrepit Birth, Disgorge, Defeated Sanity, Vital Remains, Dying Fetus, and most of all, Suffocation, Deprecated fits Unique Leader's roster like an Ed Gein custom-made skin mask."

Originally released in 1998, Deprecated's sole recording "Deriding His Creation" has found new life via Unique Leader Records. Those in the know understand there is no better place to reintroduce such an album of bone-snapping, ear-drum-popping force. Featuring members of such vaunted acts as Decrepit Birth, Disgorge, Defeated Sanity, Vital Remains, Dying Fetus, and most of all, Suffocation, Deprecated fits Unique Leader's roster like an Ed Gein custom-made skin mask.

Whether assailing the listener with full-throttle speed or smashing spinal cords with slamming grooves, "Deriding His Creation" is a piercing, pummeling force that never relents. After fully hearing the album, though, this underlining theme results in mixed reactions to the final product, depending on who you ask.

There is a comfortable familiarization due to squealing harmonics and popping bass courtesy of Derek Boyer. Terrance Hobbs (Suffocation) and Matt Sotelo (Decrepit Birth) churn out blistering guitar notes and the band's stop-n-start rhythms that touch on Cannibal Corpse and Suffocation. The opening title track features a hellish rhythm Deicide fans will shoot their infernal load all over. However, when one takes the album as a whole, "Deriding His Creation" lacks the dynamics and technical precision of the above-mentioned artists.

"Deriding His Creation" would benefit greatly from a few Terrance Hobbs solos to differentiate one scathing section from another. There are plenty of meaty parts for listeners to sink their teeth into. The only problem is these parts don't last long enough to fully savor the flavor, as Deprecated doesn't give most of the riffs a chance to breath.

Fans of bands that create music simply for the love of brutality will hail this album as an underground classic. If this is what you seek, then by all means, grab a copy of "Deriding His Creation." This scribe would rather reach for the diversity and complexity found in the bands its members are better known for, however.

Highs: The bone-crunching heaviness

Lows: A lack of dynamics

Bottom line: Buy this only if you're caught up on your Suffocation and Disgorge records.

Rated 2.5 out of 5 skulls
2.5 out of 5 skulls


Key
Rating Description
Rated 5 out of 5 skulls Perfection. (No discernable flaws; one of the reviewer's all-time favorites)
Rated 4.5 out of 5 skulls Near Perfection. (An instant classic with some minor imperfections)
Rated 4 out of 5 skulls Excellent. (An excellent effort worth picking up)
Rated 3.5 out of 5 skulls Good. (A good effort, worth checking out or picking up)
Rated 3 out of 5 skulls Decent. (A decent effort worth checking out if the style fits your tastes)
Rated 2.5 out of 5 skulls Average. (Nothing special; worth checking out if the style fits your taste)
Rated 2 out of 5 skulls Fair. (There is better metal out there)
< 2 skulls Pretty Bad. (Don't bother)