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Derogatory – “Above All Else/Demo 2011″ – [FDA Rekotz]


2013 debut album from the Pico Rivera, CA Death Metal quartet. It’s slightly on the ‘Tech’ spectrum (think Atrocity or Nile) with plenty of slams, maniacal tempo changes and frenzied double-bass. This is high-minded progressive DM by competent players, replete with darkly luminous riffs and brain-eating solos; a pretty remarkable achievement from a band who’ve only been together for 4 years. Also included is their 2011 demo (disc 2), which contains four rough versions of songs that also appear on the album. It might just be the production (and less guttural vocal style), but the demo sounds more ‘old school’ to me. The album tracks are where they really shine, though. Derogatory will be playing live in the KFJC pit along with Rude and Skelethal on June 26th, 2014.

  • Reviewed by Lord Gravestench on June 20, 2014 at 6:35 pm
  • Filed as A Library,CD
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