TDM 2-Way Review: Defeated Sanity – Passages Into Deformity

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Passages Into Deformity (2013)

Germany, Willowtip Records, Brutal Death Metal

The Legendary German Death Machine Strikes Again.

It’s no secret that I love Defeated Sanity. ‘Psalms Of The Moribund and ‘Chapters Of Repugnance’ are two of my favorite Death Metal records of all time so naturally my expectations for ‘Passages Into Deformity’ were through the roof…and once again, Defeated Sanity delivered anything and everything I could have possibly wanted.

For those of you wondering, ‘Passages Into Deformity’ could have very easily been called ‘Psalms Of Repugnance’ as it’s such an expert mixture of everything that made both previous full lengths so phenomenal. That isn’t to say this record has no identity of its own; like other masters of the genre, Defeated Sanity has simply capitalized on everything they know makes their band such a force to be reckoned with. Inhuman guttural sickness, drumming wizardry, bass virtuosity and guitar riffs that are as mind bogglingly technical as they are disgustingly heavy; us fans know the drill by now but what you might not have realized is this is easily Defeated Sanity’s most well-crafted album. A marvelous concoction of genius songwriting and life ending intensity. Throw in guest vocals from the legendary Frank Rini and A.J. Magana and you have 2013’s first Top 5 ‘Albums Of The Year’ Contender.

9.5/10 – Goshuggist

Disgusting. Utterly disgusting… in all the right ways.

Passages Into Deformity is exactly what you expect from Defeated Sanity. It sounds sick – not “That was a sick wipeout bro!” skater lingo, but in the sense of coughing up diseases-rotted organs on the deathbed. In a sewer.

Defeated Sanity gets the stamp of approval from fans and critics alike, and I see why. They play metal as heavy as heavy can be, but also remember to throw in some captivating technicality to keep songs interesting. For fans of brutal death metal,  Passages Into Deformity is a must have, especially for the bass guitar work, which amazes me anew with every listen (i.e. “Naraka” and “The Purging.”)

However, for those that don’t dig on the low and gurgling side of death, Passages may warrant a pass, as it focuses on being all-out-heavy, all the time. I mean, I guess some people don’t actually like their death metal to be heavy…

9/10 – Witness to the Void


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