Album reviews

[VICTIM NO. 52]
LetsMakeSomeNoise.com / Toni Peltola, 20.06.2004
Kuopion synkillä kujilla pahaa-aavistamattomia uhrejaan vaaniva sekä teurastuksen nimeen vannova nelikko on vuollut ihmislihasta verisen kiekon, joka kantaa pahanenteistä Victim no. 52 -nimeä. Orkesterin virallinen debyytti sisältää kymmenen kappaleen verran sairaita ajatuksia ryyditettynä uskomattoman tiukalla Deicide- ja Morbid Angel -vaikutteisella thrash-mentaliteetilla, joka pakottaa kuuntelijan puimaan nyrkkiä villisti kuin raivotautinen ahma. Heikkouksia levyltä on turha etsiä, vaikka Reign in Bloodin kaltaiseen täydellisyydeen ei aivan ylletäkään. Se tosin onkin sen luokan meriitti, jota ei yksikään bändi tule tavoittamaan.

On turha spekuloida sitä, että mikä on Suomen kovin kuolontuoksuinen thrash-akti, sillä De Lirium's Order vie asenteellaan voiton kaiken maailman Deathchaineista sata nolla, kuin myös monista ulkomaisista yhtyeistä, jotka ovat varmasti olleet kotoisille teurastajillekin suurina esikuvina. Victim no. 52 on yksinkertaisesti sanottuna paras suomalainen death/thrash-albumi koskaan. Minä kumarran teitä!

5 / 5




Suomimetalli / MH, 16.04.2004
De Lirium's Order tulee nurkan takaa ja iskee nyrkin keskelle kasvoja! Montaa bändiä hehkutetaan kuukausikaupalla ennen levyn julkaisua ja usein saa pettyä. Sen sijaan todella mahtavalta tuntuvat tällaiset napakympit, joista ei turhaan lätistä ennen kuin on jotakin konkreettista asiaa. Kyllähän bändi vakuutti jo taannoisella demollaan, mutta "Victim no. 52" jatkaa samaa linjaa ja lykkää pesään vielä muutaman halon lisää.

Levyllä on kymmenen biisiä sanoinkuvaamattoman tehokasta death metallia. Soundit ovat sopivan raskaat, mutta harvinaisen selkeät. Bändi itse muistaakseni kertoi pettyneensä levyn turhankin kirkkaisiin soundeihin, mutta uskallan väittää vastaan. Minusta levyn soundit ovat parhaat mahdolliset, ne antavat oikeutta niin raskaille kitaroille kuin hienoille melodioillekin. Myös rummut ja laulut toimivat täydellisesti. Koko soundipolitiikka on mielestäni parhaassa mahdollisessa tasapainossa.

Levyn biisimateriaali on tasaista ja biisit ovat toinen toistaan parempia, mutta henkilökohtaisiksi suosikeikseni ovat muovautuneet jo demolta löytyneet "Through The Eyes Of Murderer" ja "Abomination". Voi tosin olla että suosikkibiisini vaihtuvat vielä moneen kertaan kuuntelukertojen lisääntyessä. Hienointa antia levyllä on kuitenkin aivan tajuttoman hienot kitarariffit yhdistettynä napakkaan rumpalointiin. Myös Corpsen laulu on A-luokkaa.

Tässä siis luultavasti vuoden paras suomalainen death metal albumi. Levy on täyttä tavaraa alusta loppuun, eikä todellakaan mitään tusinahuttua.

10 / 10




Digitalmetal.com / Apollyon, April '04
This year seems to become one of the strongest of years, like ever, uh huh, for Finnish 'metal scene'. By forgetting such abominations as Nightwish and Trio Niskalaukaus, there's plenty of great gems to be seen and heard underneath the rubble of Spinefarm-boredom. And I'm not talking about Stratovarius' upcoming stand up comedy CD. First there was Diablo with their album Eternium and now out of the blue, without any air raid warning signs, comes De Lirium's Order with their Victim No.52-album.

Think of Demigod (new and old) and the new Death Metal-era Behemoth combined together and that's basically what you're getting here. Highly menacing and gut wrenching riffs, piercing solos, controlled drum attacks (Yay! No overused and never ending blast beats!) and strong musicianship all around. And best of all, the songs are actually GOOD. The hooks that impale your puny flesh pull you towards the music violently but hypnotizingly, making the "dull moments"-counter show a well rounded zero. 45 minutes of well written and executed, pure, metal.

Even the production fails to ruin the package, since it's all top notch. And with that, I don't mean overproduced clinical shit that ruins so many albums these days. It's clear, yes - but there's that certain "Death Metal class of '90s"- thing going on which always makes the sociopath in me smile. And the vocals; no irritating high note squealing but consistent low end barrage of demonic and subliminal messages to raise each of our deceased grandfathers roam the streets again and cause an orgy of bloodshed and havoc.

For the first time in a while - I've got nothing to complain about. Except for perhaps the sudden and distracting ending of the second track "Abomination". But even that, after some digesting, turns out to be a special effect that suits the overall theme in some perverse way. Other than that, the problems are so minor that they're dismembered into oblivion by the good things (which there are plenty of). There's still a bit more than half a year left to go of 2004, but I'm already tempted to say that "Victim No. 52" delivers such a spectacle with its sonic bombardment that it just might be the best Death Metal album to come out this year. The contenders will have a hard time trying top this.

No Rating




Heavyworldonline.de / Martin Metz, Sept '04
"Victim No. 52" ist das Debüt der finnischen Newcomer De Liriums Order. Konzeptionell widmet man sich voll und ganz dem grossen Themenbereich der Serienkiller, inklusive Songs welche die Geschichten von Jeffrey Dahmer und Andrei Chikatilo erzählen. So weit so gut, das ist zwar kein neues aber scheinbar immer wieder gern genommenes und gesehenes Thema. Wer jetzt allerdings den nächste Grindcore Ableger oder Cannibal Corpse Klon erwartet liegt glücklicherweise komplett daneben. Die vier Finnen gehen sehr, sehr versiert zu Werke und zocken, grob gesagt, eine Mischung aus technischem Death und aggressivem Thrash Metal. Das gesamte Album ist übersät von hammergeilen Killerriffs (man höre nur "Abomination") und gänsehauterzeugenden, ausgedehnten Solos die technisch kaum besser sein könnten ("Art of Butchering" oder "Victim No. 52"). Das sechste Stück "Through the Eyes of a Murder" ist gar mit einem beneidenswert grandiosen Songaufbau gesegnet und lässt nichts zu wünschen übrig. Insgesamt habe ich allein von der Gitarrenarbeit her in letzter Zeit selten ein so gut durchdachtes und strukturiertes Album gehört wie "Victim No. 52". Aber nicht nur die Metaläxte haben es in sich, auch Sänger Corpse und das ausgefeilte Drumming von E.R. Insane (übrigens sehr amüsante Pseudonyme, welche die 4 Finnen gewählt haben) kann man locker zur Speerspitze ihrer Zunft zählen. Gerade die Stimme von Corpse ist brutal, düster und intensiv. Der Mann hat es einfach drauf! Die Songs sind allesamt sehr komplex strukturiert, bleiben aber trotzdem eingängig und zu jeder Zeit nachvollziehbar - ein Punkt den viele ihrer Kollegen nicht mal nach mehreren Alben auch nur ansatzweise beherrschen. Alleine die Tatsache, das es sich hierbei um ein Debüt handelt, verdient die Höchstpunktzahl. De Liriums Order haben mit "Victim No. 52" womöglich DAS Death Metal Album des Jahres abgeliefert. Ich bin begeistert!

10 / 10




Diabolical Conquest Webzine / Rob, June '05
Finally, a Melodic Death Metal band that actually plays Death Metal. With my opinions on Melodic Death being as they are, it's very difficult for me to not label these guys "Death/Thrash". I don't actually recognize "Melodic Death Metal" as a valid description of the music, or even as a legitimate sub-genre. Most of the Melodic "Death Metal" bands these days seem completely infatuated with clean/female vocals, acoustic interludes, choirs, synthesizers, flowery orchestral arrangements, and grandiose pretentious artsy bullshit. (See Kalmah, Saturnus, Unmoored, etc) Suffice it to say that I thoroughly enjoy Victim No. 52. Thankfully, there's more to De Liriuim's Order than can be said for bands that seem to be cut from the same cloth.

When I first heard their Morbid Brains Demo several years ago, I was impressed with both their songwriting capabilities, as well as their abilities as musicians. To be completely honest, it surprises me to see them signed to such a small european label. A few songs from that Demo appear here, most notably being Abomination, the second track on this, their debut full-length album for Finnish label Woodcut Records. Primarily, the music on this record is rhythmic, jarring Death Metal. A myriad of extremely well executed palm-muted jackhammer riffs, an abundance of pounding double-bass, layered high/low vocals, and some fret-shredding melodic lead guitar work make up the aural assault that is Victim No. 52. The lead guitars, and some of the backing rhythm lines are where you'll find the melody here. However, as I stated before, it's not extraneous coffeeshop wank melody, it's a melody that actually contributes to the depth of the song, and propels it forward. Crescendo is the name of the game here. A mid-paced phrase is repeated and built upon, until the result is up-tempo thrashing Death Metal.

The lyrics seems to be focused on actual events and the personalities involved, the majority being serial killers and their victims. A sort of intelligent gore. They describe the manners in which the victims died, as well as try to sort of psychoanalyze the morbid mind of a serial killer. The lyrics are notable because they, in and of themselves, make for a fairly interesting read.

The fact that De Lirium's Order are primarily a Death Metal band is what attracts me to them the most. The melodies are more a by-product, rather than a concerted, focused effort. The album opener; Sanctuary Of Incineration, is mid-paced, mostly staccato piece. It's not really the most entertaining song here, but it boasts some decent riffage and definitely gives you a good idea of what to expect in the next half-hour. Abomination follows with massive march-like rhythm, and a vocal cadence that makes me want to raise a tankard of ale and sling my arms. I'm willing to bet that this one is a favorite of the band to play live. The third track; The Art Of Butchering doesn't really get very good until the last minute or two of the song, but if the merit of this album were to be judged solely on the strength of that last minute or two... It would be a 10. The lead guitar in this one is very impressive. Masterpiece Of A Morbid Mind is another song taken from their Demo, and it's less of a task to listen to. It's quite straightforward Death/Thrash, with a nice melodic break thrown in at the 1:15 mark.

We're almost halfway through the record now, and on to the title track Victim No. 52, which is likely the most fast-paced song on the album. It's tempo rarely deviates from full-speed thrashing, with the exception of the bridge and chorus riffs. The verse/chorus/verse mode is repeated twice, then we're treated to an incredible guitar lead courtesy of S.M. Nekroc. This one is most certainly another highlight in an album full of "rewind" moments. Victim No. 52 has the makings of greatness, and we can likely expect little less from them after three releases (two were self-released) of unshakable quality.

Virtually every track has something to offer, and Victim No. 52 is an intelligent, listenable album overall. The melody doesn't detract from the aggression in the least, so this will definitely appeal to fans of bands such as Deranged or Thorium that typically reside in the heavier end of the spectrum. Those who favor their flamboyant limp-wristed finnish countrymen may not take a liking to De Lirium's Order as well. Although they do have their fare share of credibility with the brutal crowd, the music isn't exactly challenging enough to attract only purists.


8.9 / 10




Tuhma / Marko Saarinen, 13.03.2004
Kun metallimedia Imperiumi avasi saittinsa vuoden 2002 loppukesällä, harva olisi arvannut sen kasvavan nykyisen kaltaisiin mittoihinsa. Tuskin moni olisi välttämättä osannut odottaa myöskään oman bändinsä saavan kyseisen sivuston kautta suuren suurta huomiota. Näin kuitenkin kävi, kun joku sai idean pystyttää sainaamattomille yhtyeille oman kilpailun, Eliminaattorin. Yksi tämän skaban voittajista on kuopiolainen De Lirium´s Order, joka nyt kahden demon jälkeen debytoi tällä kotoiselle Woodcut Recordsille nauhoitetulla ensilevyllään.

Victim no. 52 pistää pasmat melkoisen sekaisin heti alusta lähtien: kohtuullisen monimutkaisten ja teknisten riffien ja sovitusten sekaan osataan höystää sopivalla mittasuhteella helvetin hienoja, tarttuvia melodisia sooloja. Mukana on runsaasti vauhtia, mutta vastapainoksi myös groovaavampaa ja raskaampaakin mättämistä. Ensikuulemalta on vaikea arvella, mihin suuntaan yhtye kuulijaa milloinkin vie, sillä ankaran ja koukkuisen paahtamisen jälkeen saattaa tulla hieno ja tyylitajuinen, pitkä melodinen soolotilutus, joka pakottaa kuuntelijan höristämään korviaan. Kokonaisuudenkin kannalta erilaisten osien kombinaatio on onnistuttu toteuttamaan kerrassaan mainiosti, vaikka silloin tällöin kappaleet jäävät aavistuksen verran junnaamaan.

Yhtyeen lanseeraama tyyli onnistuu erottumaan tyypillisimmästä tusinamassasta melkoisen kevyesti, ja omaperäisyys on näinä death metallin massatuotannon päivinä enemmän valttia kuin koskaan aiemmin. Teknilliseltä aspektilta tarkasteltuna DLO:n musiikin vaatima henkilökohtainen taituruustaso täyttyy, sillä kitaristit eivät liiemmin sormissaan sekoa, eikä muultakaan osa-alueelta juuri heikkoa lenkkiä löydy. Myös ammoin Deathchainin demolla parjaamani Corpse onnistuu vokaaliosuuksissaan nyt paikkansa täyttävästi. Kun edellä mainittujen asioiden lisäksi vielä toteaa soundipuolen olevan sataprosenttisesti kohdallaan, voi vain todeta kyseessä olevan pirullisen kova ensilevytys. Deathchain, Deathbound ja muutamat muut väkivahvat, ”uudet” nimet saavat De Lirium´s Orderista erinomaisen ja kilpailukykyisen haastajan.

4½ / 5




Metal-Rules.com / Luxi Lahtinen, April 2004
Now we have somewhat an interesting band here... Let's get straight to the point for a change without starting bullshitting about a short history of the band and just that kind of crap, shall we? De Lirium's Order's musical package is, to put it shorthly, a big mish-mash of influences being ripped from Thrash, - Death – and Black Metal genres where you are hear anything from Demigod to Slayer to Dimmu Borgir to Deicide - even to Children of Bodom (I'm referring here to some lead work, tho – and luckily NO synths here at all!). Actually it's really damn hard to categorize them under one specific genre and say they play this and that stuff, so I'll leave this up to a listener to decide if he/or she even necessarily even wants to use a certain category to label them for one reason or the other?

However, it needs to be said, however that I'm having a very strong and promising debut album of De Lirium's Order in my hands right now. I haven't become familiar with the band's music too much earlier and therefore I can honestly say I was quite damn positively surprised by VICTIM NO. 52 due to its very aggressive, highly technical, well-played, a bit progressive even, innovative and malicious metal songs on it. Especially the twin guitar work on the album is frighteningly impressive throughout the whole album, full of razor-sharp kick-ass riffs (check out "Nightmare in Apartment" to become convinced of this fact), awesome leads and just very strong and cutting rhythms that tend to follow each other on the album, one after another. Coprse (also in a Finnish deathrashing combo called Deathchain) has also succeeded in doing his a bit archaistic growling vocal parts very well for the album without sounding corny at all, but more like on the contrary, sounding very powerful and convincing like he would have never sounded better.

Oddly the guys do remind me of some of Demigod's thrashier approach on the band's latest SHADOW MECHANICS album with all those parts where bits of Death Metal cross a bit larger doses of Thrash Metal or just the other way around. De Lirium's Order's 'dimmuborgir'ish' moments, on the other hand, can be experienced in a song called "Pathologist's Perverse Fantasies" where Kuolio from Deathchain does his absolutely very best Shagrath -imitation right after the song has reached 2-minutes mark. He would have a true potentiality to be a lead singer in some Black Metal band, too, - just not a single doubt of it at all.

Well, there really isn't much else I could 'lie' to you... (eh!), I mean, tell to you about this pleasingly high-octane deathrashing assault that definitely rocks better and much harder that Elvis ever did in his early prime. And I'm already assuming you also wanna witness very eagerly and anxiously how well De Lirium's Order does 'rock' indeed... Don't you?!

4.3 / 5



Wallsoffire.de / Deni, Sept '04
De Lirium’s Order – a name to remember for everyone in search of great new death metal albums! The Finnish brutality combo was formed in 1998 and consists of Corpse (vocals), S. M. NekroC (guitars), Dr. Lirium (guitars) and E.R. Insane (drums), who deliver with “Victim no. 52” THE debut album of summer 2004. The recording stands out with perfectly clear, massive as hell sound and an insane vocalist, whose deep growls offer everything the genre needs. Add to it the smashing blastbeats of a drummer as exact as a machine-gun, the thrashing down-tuned riffs of the guitar duo and a touch of perverted melody plus very technical playing and catchy arrangements - and you get a fucking heavy thing that will leave no living victim behind! The modern, up-speed compositions are spiced up by intriguing guitar solos (e.g. “The Art of Butchering”, the title track, “Nightmare in Apartment 213”, “The Sunrise”, etc.) and are extremely accessible, not to say absolutely addictive. Thematically things are kept within the blood-drenched recommendations of the style and concern mostly serial killers (including Jeffrey Dahmer and Andrei Chikatilo) and nice stuff alike. Altogether, not one fault or mistake or disadvantage can be found here, except the inclusion of black metal vocal parts on “Pathologist’s Perverse Fantasies”, which is simply unnecessary and doesn’t really fit with the rest. In the end, what De Lirium’s Order do is perhaps not oh so new… But they do it so well and at such a high quality standard, that the only reaction can be thoughtless headbanging and a big praise for a brilliant debut!

4 / 5



Imperiumi / Starbuck, 24.03.2004 (ENGLISH VERSION)
From the northern wastes of Finland we have some butchering and barf (read: regurgitation) metal that is well on par with the going rate these days. Technical and tight, these guys carve a mean meatstick. And not to worry, there is absolutely no KISS FM hit material in this package.

Thick and chunky sounds, lots of depth, yet not colossal. Complex and diverse arrangements keep the songs fresh and intriguing, offering more than just demon puke growls and chainsaw battery. Some nice riffage in songs like De Lirium’s Order: Suffering catch your attention straight away. Twin and solo guitar leads and melodies abound littered throughout in just the right doses in tunes like Masterpiece Of A Morbid Mind to keep the vicious tooth intact without getting too Euro-Death and mainstream.

There’s really nothing to complain about here. Everything is well composed and played out, but if there was one little ditty that could be picked on it would be the absence of standout hooks that would bring just a bit more appeal to the individual songs. Just that little hook in the tunes that would give them a cathcy edge, because even though the idea in death metal isn’t to be sing along stuff, it doesn’t hurt to score a higher grade by peaking the product, especially with the thrash element. Hooks are always good, case closed.

Great production quality from Tico Tico Studios finishes the job with this one. Worth checking out.

8 / 10



Imperiumi / Starbuck, 24.03.2004 (FINNISH VERSION)
Suomen pohjoisilta leveyksiltä meillä on esillä lahtaus- ja laattaus- (lue: oksentamis-) metallia, joka on täysin tämän päivän standardien tasolla. Hemmojen matsku on teknistä ja tiukkaa ja niillä eväillä loihditaan lihaisaa läpyskää. Siitä ei ainakaan ole huolta, että levyllä olisi KISS FM:lle kelvollista hittimateriaalia.

Levyllä on tanakat ja syvät soundit, mutta ei mitenkään järkälemäiset. Monimuotoiset ja vaihtelevat sovitukset pitävät biisit tuoreina ja kiehtovina ja tarjolla onkin paljon enemmän kuin vain demonin oksennusta ja mottorisahan säestämää turpasaunaa. Siistit riffit, kuten vaikkapa biisissä De Lirium's Orders: Suffering kiinnittävät kuuntelijan mielenkiinnon oitis. Tupla- ja soolokitaraliidejä ja -melodioita on ripoteltu pitkin levyä juuri sopivassa määrin, kuten esim. Masterpiece Of A Morbid Mindissä. Musiikki kuulostaa ilkeältä eikä vajoa tyypillisen euro -deathmetallin tai valtavirtamateriaalin suohon.

Levyssä ei ole moitteen sijaa. Biisit ovat hyvin sävellettyjä ja soitettuja, mutta jos jokin vika pitää löytää, se on ehdottomien ässäkoukkujen puute. Ne toisivat yksittäisiin biiseihin vielä enemmän vetovoimaa. Jos kappaleista löytyisi se pikku koukku, ne jäisivät paremmin mieleen. Vaikka death metallin idea ei nyt varsinaisesti olekaan olla mitään sing along -tavaraa, ei siltikään olisi haitaksi hioa tuotosta vielä paremmaksi, varsinkaan kun se thrash -elementtikin matskusta löytyy. Koukut kelpaavat aina, ja sillä selvä.

Tico Ticolla loihditut soundit kruunaavat muutenkin hyvän tuotoksen. De Lirium's Order kannattaa ehdottomasti tsekata.

8 / 10



Metal-Observer.com / Alex, 20.07.2004
Death/Thrash from Finland presented to us by DE LIRIUM’S ORDER on their debut "Victim No. 52". Now most people know that I normally quietly retreat once it gets more hefty musically, but here and there I come across a band that I really like and then nobody can understand why, as of late with Belgian IN-QUEST. Now is this Swedish gang part of this category as well? Oh yes, it is!

The band never had introduced itself to me, so let’s have a look who or what DE LIRIUM’S ORDER actually are. Founded in 1998, the band went through several line-up changes as well as style corrections. After two demos they signed up with Woodcut Records, who now released their debut album "Victim No. 52".

Now the Death element is a lot stronger than the Thrash and if you wanted to make it really easy, you could sum DE LIRIUM’S ORDER up with: riffs! Yes, they definitely are in the foreground, together with a damn tight performance of the whole band, "crowned" by Corpse’s (also DEATHCHAIN) grim voice, which gives you a face peeling with sand paper. And all of that with a tremendous production from the Tico-Tico Studios, this is how a musical bulldozer sounds.

Great lead guitars also are an important element, as in the beginning of the furious Thrasher "Victim No. 52", played darn tight, and also with a very technical performance, holy smokes, these guys unleash a more than powerful sound storm! And all this is pepped up with not too obvious, but still immediately hearable melodies, which, with all power, also gives the whole thing a catchy edge, at the same time rounding it off very nicely. And all of this is, what lets "Victim No. 52" slide in so nicely.

On "Pathologist’s Perverse Fantasies" DEATHCHAIN’s Kulio delivers a Shagrath scream, once more embedded into a damn heavy song. The whole Death/Thrash fest is then closed off with the more than seven minute "The Sunrise", which from the title sounds almost romantically and all, but if you have heard the nine songs before that, you won’t expect that and it definitely it is neither, instead the guitars once more push a lot in this mid-paced song, just a bit more melodic and less hefty, which also fits DE LIRIUM’S ORDER quite well, even though they step onto the pedal again later on in the song.

We won’t get a lot of originality on DE LIRIUM’S ORDER’s debut, but the quartet more than makes up for this with its sheer power, these guys really blow you away and give the expression "wall of sound" a new meaning, this CD will give you a new hair do, guaranteed! (Online July 20, 2004)

8 / 10



Hamara / Miika "Mega" Kuusinen, Huhtikuu 2004
Kuopio ei tanssi mutta thrashaa. Sen osoitti Deathchain viime vuonna ilmestyneellä hienolla debyytillään ja tänä vuonna on De Lirium's Orderin vuoro. Vaikka orkesterien jäsenistöissä ja musiikissa onkin hienoisia yhteneväisyyksiä, on Deathchain lähinnä death mausteista vanhan liiton thrashia De Lirium's Orderin soittaessa taas thrash vaikutteista modernimpaa deathia.

Kunnianhimon ja mielikuvituksen puutteesta ei bändiä voi syyttää. Kappaleet on täynnä mitä kummallisempia kiekuroita niiden kuitenkaan muodostumatta itsetarkoituksellisiksi. Kitarointi on kummallisen houreista ja kieroa, mutta samalla myös äärettömän täsmällistä eikä rumpali jää tässä taistossa yhtään jälkeen alati vaihtelevilla tykityksillään. Periaatteessa biisit kulkevat joko thrashin tai death metallin perinteisten kaavojen mukaan, mutta pakkaa pistetään totaalisen sekaisin yllättävillä suunnan- ja temmonmuutoksilla, jotka limittyvät kuitenkin saumattomasti kokonaisuuteen. Kuuntelijaa viedään kuin pässiä narussa ja keskittymisen hetkittäinenkin herpaantuminen tiputtaa välittömästi kelkasta. Jos meno alkaa kuitenkin hirvittämään, on hyvä turvautua perinteiden mukaisesti vedettyihin mutta hyviin toimiviin mureisiin raakkumisiin tai murinoihin.

Victim No. 52 jyrää taatusti päälle ja saa aikaan uhreja, mutta ei tästä musiikiksi iltapäivän ratoksi ole. Vaikka kimuranttisuus onkin olennainen osa bändin musiikkia, kappaleiden hienoinen suoraviivaistaminen ja death metal elementtien kasvattaminen saattaisi tuottaa kirurgisen tarkkoihin iskuihin yhä enemmän murhaavuutta.

3 / 5






[MORBID BRAINS]
Imperiumi / Serpent, 21.02.2003
Kuopiolaisen De Lirium's Orderin toinen demo on kitaristi S.M. NekroC:n omassa Midgard-studiossa nauhoitettu neljän biisin ja reilun vartin mittainen tekele, jonka tyylisuunnaksi bändi ilmoittaa death/thrash -metelin. Thrashista en tiedä, mutta helvetin osaavaa, tiukkaa ja hyväsoundista death metallia demon biisit ainakin ovat. Soitto kulkee reilulla temmolla ja mielenkiintoisia koukkuja on laitettu mukaan biisejä monipuolistamaan, mm. ovelien melodioiden muodossa. Soitto on kuitenkin kaukana melodisesta hömppämetallista, vaan kyse on armottomasta murhatyöstä, jota täydentävät möreät ja vahvat örinävokaalit. Kun vielä soundit ovat näin armottoman raskaat ja repivät, niin oksat pois; tässä on selvästi yksi vuoden kovimmista demoista - ja ainakin kirjoitushetkeen asti saapuneista demoista ehdottomasti vuoden kovin tapaus.

4½ / 5



Metalhel / Thas
Two sample songs from De Lirium's Order's website convinced me about the skills of this band. Now as I received the whole demo/promo I must say this is the best Finnish demo for long time. Thrash Metal is the name of the game, only with more brutal vocals than usually. Morbid Brains contains four thrashing songs which rocks like Hel!

Sound wise there's nothing to complain about and the playing skills are touched up very high. Morbid Brains actually defeats many albumbands in all areas. Riffs are tight and very nicely varying. Some of them remind me of Destruction, but not in a negative way. Fuck, I love that Masterpiece of a Morbid Mind's melody riff! Absolutely great stuff!

If you are into Thrash Metal and not afraid of brutal vocals you should check this out, no excuses! I wonder only one thing; why any record label hasn't signed this band yet. I stay and wait for the full-length to get more!

4½ / 5



Absolutmetal.com / Rev. Barfaroni, Feb 2003
Kiddies, this is what metal should be all about. HOLY FUCK! Trollheim's Grott fans will dig knowing that Corpse is pulling vocal duty on this project. (Chased by Trolls anyone?) How does one express this? I am going to keep this really simple. Granny sure isn't going to be getting any sleep when cranking these guys. The demo, Morbid Brains only touches upon what I can only imagine as a small portion of what this line up can be fully capable of. This is truly some blissfully heavy, earshattering, thought provoking, brutal, elite thrashing death metal. I am impressed all around. Bravo gentlemen of De Lirium's Order, You have given Metal a demo that's worth its weight in gold

9½ / 10



Scissors / Boris Todorovic (Translation: Maja Mojsilovic)
Not long ago, i stumbled across a promo Cd, by De Lirium's Order, a thrash/death band from Finland. Mentioning the actual style of the band, and it can definitely be characterized as death/thrash, with a pure death growl for a vocal, powerful and hard-hitting. The music alone starts of with brutal death metal beats, ace rhythms, fast guitar tunes, then goes on to fast thrash, powerful riffs, chilling melodies with solos, through to melodic death metal. The mix of melodies and tunes is truly fascinating. The history of the band: It all begins in 1998. The band started as a five piece, but under a different name (Adraman) and playing a different style of music, to be specific, melodic black metal. They played in that fashion for some time, rehearsed, performed live gigs, all until 2000 when the band fell apart. Then, they realized that the band can not survive the fall, and so two members, Nekrocancer (guitar) and ErRasane (drums) went in search for new blood. After a while, a guitarist named V. Parviainen join the band, and in 2002 they went to Parkele Studio, and recorded their first demo-album under the name "Termination in Surreal". The album was well produced, somewhat melodic and surrounded by a chilling atmosphere which had black metal tendencies. Before the actual launch of their demo, they change their name once again to De Lirium's Order. After a quiet year of just writing new material, the band gets a welcome addition, the arrival of Corpse (vocal), and in the fresh months of 2003, they record a brand new demo, under the name "Morbid Brains". In contrast to the previous, which had 11 songs, this new piece of art contains only 4, but a worthy 4 indeed. From a production point of view, this is a well established album in the underground whelm. The opening song, "Abomination", contains a fantastic intro, very powerful and addictive riffs which transform into a raw brutal death frenzy. The atmosphere is welcoming and this is a perfect choice for the opening theme. You are gonna be blown away! "Through The Eyes Of A Murderer" is some-what a different tune. A greatly faster tempo with a more brutal feel to it. The thrash edge is maintained on a high pedestal, and Nekrocancer makes a killing with his incredible solos! The older fans of this particular sound will find this album very interesting. "The Sounds Of Mutilation" continues in a similar fashion, but with a greater emphasize on the guitars. Corpse gives it his best to make this number a great sounding one. For the very end, i saved the title track "Masterpiece Of A Morbid Mind". This song is not much different to the rest of the album, but it is definitely worth a listen. In my opinion, De Lirium's Order have a great future ahead of them. The boys have true potential and a great talent, and know how to make good music; they just need to get access to a label, and get their album recorded, and I believe they can be one sick band!

7+ / 10



Suomimetalli / MH, 01.04.2003
De Liriums Order kertoo tyylikseen death/thrash metallin. Mielestäni bändin musiikki on kuitenkin enemmän death metalliin kallellaan. Morbid Brains sisältää neljä todella hyvää biisiä, ne ovat erittäin ankaran kuuloisia, mutta silti tyylikkäitä ja jopa hieman melodisiakin. Bändin musiikki etenee kuin Sars-keuhkokuume maailmalla, se raivaa esteet tieltään vastustamattomalla raivollaan.

Bändi sai tälle tuotokselleen laulajaksi mm. Trollheim's Grottista ja Deathchainistä tutun Corpsen. Ja hän hoiteleekin tonttinsa vähintäänkin mallikkaasti. Muutkin bändin jäsenet osaavat kyllä hommansa, sekä soitto- että sävellystaidot tuntuvat olevan koko bändillä paremmin kuin hyvin hanskassa. Soundit levyllä ovat myös erittäin hyvän laatuiset.

Kaiken kaikkiaan levyllä ei ole oikeastaan mitään kritisoitavaa. Tätä lisää. Mielestäni ehdottomasti levytyssopimuksen arvoinen bändi!

8½ / 10

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