DERIDE - review added 18th May 2012
Album Review: The Void (2012)
For fans of: Heavy Thrash Metal
Norwegian thrashers Deride released their first album "Scars Of Time" in 2001, followed that in 2003 with "First Round Knockout", and then left a big gap to their 3rd one, "The Void".
Their sound is speedy, heavy, and decidedly deathly. There's a slab of hardcore in there two, making for a busy but interesting sound. Per Helge Lande's vocals range from okay to bloody good. In the album's best song 'Dead To Me' he's on a par with Killswitch Engage's Howard Jones...and that is not to be sniffed at. The string work throughout is excellent, but it's often Kjetil Greve's drums which take the honours for standout feature. The guy is a machine and gives the album a properly gnarly edge.
Apart from the aforementioned 'Dead To Me', the aggressive 'Bloodred & Black', 'Only One', and 'Devil In Me' will all take a cut throat razor to your ears.
When Derive get it right they sound f*cking amazing. There are a couple of so-so tracks on "The Void", but if you skip those you'll be in for an enjoyable ear-destroying time.
Overall (Not An Average Of The Above):
02. I Rage
03. Dead To Me
04. Bloodred & Black
05. Only One
07. All Must Be Revealed
08. Soul Depart
09. Devil In Me
10. Lesson Learned
Ole Walaunet – Guitars
Tony Vetaas – Bass Guitar/vocals
Kjetil Greve – Drums
Per Helge Lande – Vocals