Influenced by old school death metal, Germany’s Deserted Fear vow to encapsulate this in their music whilst introducing innovation and creativity to sculpt their distinctive sound. Formed in 2012, they’ve gained notoriety through touring with Morbid Angel and Morgoth, eventually leading them to appear at many of Europe’s major festivals.
Now onto their fourth full-length album ‘Drown In Humanity’, we see just how far they’ve developed from their influences.
Delivered like a biblical action movie, the introduction is a symphonic baptism of fire that would suit any trailer, before being rattled off in an annihilation of drums and guitars in ‘All Will Fall’. Reflective of the opening sequence, it’s a morose call-to-arms interlaced with guitar solos and instrumental interludes that are backed with writhing vocal work from Manuel Glatter.
Rather than being the closer in proceedings, ‘The Final Chapter’ rampages near the beginning with menacing riffs that curb the line between black and thrash metal, accompanied by drums hailing down in a torrent of kicks. Slowing to enter more lighter and more emphatic phases, it ensures that maximum power and diversity is introduced.
‘Across The Open Sea’ gives a brief interlude of synths and distant echoes before launching into the next tirade of imminent doom in ‘Welcome To Reality’. Bleakly visceral, it’s a rebellious attack against oppression and promises vengeance against those that perpetrate it, even if it means self-sacrifice.
The dissonant tirade is continued on ‘A Breathing Soul’. With grinding guitar riffs and pounding rhythms, the Glatter‘s vocals take on a guttural efficacy that resonates with the wailing atmosphere of doom and destruction.
Striking with metalcore attitude, ‘Die In Vain’ retains the tyrannical vocal work, but is intermixed with sporadic and regular breakdowns rather than thrashing from start to end. This does introduce an extra edge, but overall, the entertainment does stale and the diversity shown could certainly be compacted into a tighter and more compact package.