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Review: Deceased - Zombie Hymns
Zombie Hymns

Label: Crook'd Records
Year released: 2001
Duration: 70:01
Tracks: 20
Genre: Heavy Metal

Rating: 4.25/5

Review online: October 29, 2002
Reviewed by: Michel Renaud
Readers Rating
Zombie Hymns

Rated 4.07/5 (81.43%) (14 Votes)

Deceased have been productive in terms of releases in the last couple of years. Like many bands, they now have an album of covers, although they were smart enough not to release it in 2000, back when just about everyone was doing it. :) Not to be outdone, Deceased packed *20* covers on this album, so you're getting plenty for your money. Pretty much all killer material from such metal legends as Venom, Maiden, Sodom, Ozzy, etc... (see the list at the end.) One oddity however, a cover of "Not To Touch The Earth" by The Doors. Not being a fan of The Doors, this one is a bit of an annoyance for me, but the interpretation is still interesting... And I'm actually surprised that King Fowley didn't include a few more oddities on this album. :) Anyway, overall a very good selection of classic metal songs, played Deceased-style. It's interesting to hear King's voice in songs originally interpreted by the likes of Ozzy, David Wayne (Metal Church), King Diamond (Mercyful Fate) and Bruce Dickinson (Iron Maiden), since his voice is deeper and pretty raw in comparison. Even though there's only one live song on here (a Krokus cover), the album sounds a bit like it was recorded live and not too touched up, and that gives an interesting sound to the recording.

The booklet is minimal, but includes black and white reproduction of the cover art of each album from which the songs were taken. Definitely one of the best, if not THE best cover album I've heard, and very well worth getting if only to hear a bunch of classics with the Deceased twist. One thing you're assured with Deceased is that your favourite song hasn't been wimpified in any way. :)

Track listing:

  1. Venom - Black Metal
  2. Exciter - Violence and Force
  3. Sodom - Witching Metal
  4. Iron Maiden - Two Minutes To Midnight
  5. Ozzy Osbourne - Sato
  6. Voivod - Blower
  7. Mercyful Fate - Doomed By The Living Dead
  8. Impetigo - dis organ ized
  9. Slayer - Die By The Sword
  10. The Doors - Not To Touch The Earth
  11. Metal Church - Metal Church
  12. Iron Maiden - Wratchild
  13. Hirax - Bombs Of Death
  14. Saxon - Fire In The Sky
  15. Mercyful Fate - Nuns Have No Fun
  16. Krokus - Headhunter (live)
  17. Motörhead - Stay Clean
  18. Venom - Die Heard
  19. Kreator - Tormentor
  20. Slayer - Chemical Warfare
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