Pim B. : A few days before the official release of the new album ‘Ghostly White’ news got out drummer Dave “Scarface” Castillo drowned during a family visit in El Salvador. On behalf of the complete Lords Of Metal crew I send our condolences to family, friends and band members. This doesn’t mean Deceased quits. The band that was formed in 1985 already battled quite a few obstacles and Dave definitely wanted they would continue.
So, this new album was already mentioned in 2012. That was a year after the release of their previous album ’Surreal Overdose’ (2011). It was supposed to come out in 2013. In 2016 the news came out Deceased signed to Hells Headbangers and the album would appear later that year. Now we’re almost in 2019 and ‘Ghostly White’ is finally out. The exact reason for all the setbacks is unknown to me, but we now can listen to these 8 new tracks. In recent years some Deceased material came out but these were re-issues and a compilation with covers.
‘Ghostly White’ was produced by Deceased main man King Fowley. He managed to give the album an authentic sound that fits a band with roots in the 80s. Not an overwhelming sound palette, but a somewhat dry sound that fits the material of this band quite well. Basically this still is death metal with hints of thrash metal. And there are a whole lot of melodic leads that make this stand out. At times it reminds a bit of that Swedish (Gothenburg) approach. The combination of and old-fashioned sound, the compositions and vocals that remind of Cronos and Lemmy result in a timeless album.