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Dååth The Deceivers


The Deceivers
1. No Rest No End 2. Hex Unending 3. Ascension 4. With Ill Desire 5. The Silent Foray 6. Unwelcome Return 7. Purified by Vengeance 8. Deserving of the Grave 9. Into Forgotten Dirt
2024 self-released
Our score 9

4/29/2024

It’s rare to see albums like The Deceivers come around, even rarer still for bands like Dååth to pull off what they have in their career culminating in an album like The Deceivers. Coming out just over two decades ago, the Atlanta-based group started as a weirdo metal outfit that was waaaaay ahead of their time. Though they enjoyed moderate success, their progressive, groovy metal mixed with industrial and orchestral elements went underappreciated. For me though, their 2007 breakthrough album The Hinderers is one of the most important albums of my life.

 

 

First off, I never expected a band like Dååth to return in any meaningful way. It’s been 14 years since their last album and that one was just all right - why would they come back? Second, if they ever did return, I would not expect or assume for any new work to be this goddamn good and true to form. How many bands have you seen try to rekindle the glory days of their past only to fall flat for a lot of the diehards unless they were delusional? I know y’all got a list. Going into The Deceivers, I was mostly curious after hearing the first few great singles put out over the last year. Surely the whole album couldn’t be as good throughout, right?

 

With only two returning members, you wouldn’t think so. Vocalist since 2008 Sean Zatorsky and guitarist Eyal Levi since the beginning in 2003 pulled together a veritable metal Avengers team to help start their new era. Rafael Trujillo (Obsidious, ex-Obscura) handles lead guitar, Jesse Zuretti (Binary Code) also assists on guitar in addition to keyboards and orchestration, Krimh (Septicflesh, ex-Decapitated) drums, and David Marvuglio (Lesser Glow, Chuggernaut) manages bass. There’s also an unreal amount of guest stars providing guitar solos including Dean Lamb of Archspire, Marc Holcomb of Periphery, and the legendary Jeff Loomis of Arch Enemy and Nevermore fame.

 

 

On paper, the album should be a mess. In practice, it’s one of the most compelling and realized metal albums in quite some time. It retains all the Dååth weirdness - there’s orchestration, theremin, and harpsichord on various tracks in addition to all the potent, catchy riffs on full display. One of the comparisons I kept making in my head is the fretwork along with the boldness of the production is akin to heavy Devin Townsend work, even skirting close to some late-era Strapping Young Lad stuff. Melodies like the ones on “Hex Unending” or “Ascension” really tickle those same spots without outright biting them of course. If you like immaculate, powerful prog metal, The Deceivers is for you.

 

Dååth never lost the ability to craft a profound track intro either. From “Subterfuge” and “Ovum” on The Hinderers to “No Rest No End” and “Ascension” on this one, the band know how to hook you with weight and riffs as well as enrapture with the splendor of more atmospheric accouterments. I love the more grandiose touches at the start of “Unwelcome Return” as well. 

 

 

It’s hard to pick favorite parts though - genuinely, seriously, there are absolutely no weak tracks on here, and no weak sections among them. It’s just sub-44 minutes of raw-ass metal that has its pretty moments, but ultimately seats heavy melody and musicianship ahead of most other things to make for an absurdly competent, dynamic, fun time. Every instrument is flashy in spots, Sean Z sounds amazing and varied on vox to the point where I thought there were a couple guest vocalists, everything is audible to a level that will surely be a fault for some who like it rough, but the pristine, almost sci-fi-like, chromed-out production fits the band well. If I were pressed to give a critique of any level, it would be for the band to rely less on guest musicians since they are plenty capable themselves, but even that rings hollow since the guests perfectly fit into Dååth’s mad scientist sonic modus operandi. 

 

Aside from Carcass’ Surgical Steel, which I’ve written extensively about, this might be the best “comeback” album I’ve ever heard. I never expected to be so utterly blown away by an older band’s new music like this. Dååth remembered precisely who they were, bolstered their ranks with like-minded talent, and made The Deceivers the absolute best it could be not only under their circumstances, but any circumstances. A younger band releasing this would garner the same raw praise from me, but it’s something even more special when an old favorite manages to pull off something this great and unexpected.

 

 

Bottom Line: Dååth did something bands can hardly ever do: make me feel like I’m 20 years younger again without resorting to cheap, kitschy nostalgia. I was wide-eyed while listening to this album. The Deceivers is an astonishingly magical time that shows the band’s core at the top of their game and their judgment to make their continued vision a reality more honed than before. This is a true diamond in the rough.


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anonymous 29 days ago

GGGGGGGGGGAAAAAAAAAAYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYY

anonymous 29 days ago

Urmagerd guyz, lets talk about daath - its so scurry - who knowz what will happen 2 us!

anonymous 29 days ago

Handing out 9's like candy lately. But is it a ZULU 9?!

anonymous 29 days ago

This review is a 9 coming in after that f*cking dumb worthless piece of shit Eliot in the last review

anonymous 29 days ago

Glad to see all the Walmart metal like Daath and High on Fire do absolutely nothing but phone it in like late career Metallica and still grab 9s.

anonymous 29 days ago

Walmart metal? What a joke. Another broke boy mad people are somewhat successful. They don't sell that shit at walmart. Calling people sell outs is nu metal mindset h0m0

anonymous 29 days ago

No Walmart anywhere sells Death records.

anonymous 29 days ago

^can't expend the energy for a five second google search showing Daath and High on Fire vinyls on walmart shelves for fear of disturbing the carefully collected cheeto dust around his XXXL slipknot s/t shirt

Bortslob 29 days ago

They look like they need a Baath

anonymous 27 days ago

^ Nice.

anonymous 26 days ago

Fåårt

anonymous 24 days ago

You people are f*cking retarded.

anonymous 21 days ago

^ They/Them Comment

rick____tocchet 21 days ago

This shit sounds like nu-metal. Are they playing the side stage at Ozzfest this year?

anonymous 20 days ago

That's because this IS nu metal, I have no idea what the "nu metal mindset" guy is on about. If Ghost is just spooky scooby doo music, this is just spooky Mudvayne

anonymous 11 days ago

I don't like daath's previous work (disagree w d-rod) but this record fking destroys. It might be a bit much on the Dimmu influences now and then but it does its job magnificently. Great melodies, great hooks and leads. Also, Krim on drums was the best decision they ever made