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The Great Deceiver - A Venom Well Designed - reviewed by: Souldestroyer

Track Listing
1. Pierced
2. The Living End
3. Poisoned Chalice
4. After Us The Flood
5. Enter The Martyrs
6. The Demon's Lair
7. Arsenic Dreams
8. Strychnine
9. The Blade
10. Leave It All Behind
11. Destroy/Adore
Well Thomas from At the Gates has outdone himself once again. I really like the eerie guitar effects that this cd eminates. From the beginning of this cd i was intrigued, I have never been much on The Crown, but this album in no way resembles any of that. Actually i have no idea what genre of metal you would stack this in. It has its own sound. Very well done, production is superb, very catchy songwriting. This cd is recommended to even the meakest of metal listeners. Hey and did i mention that they got their name from a King Crimson song?

Rating-9 out of 10

--Reviewed by Souldestroyer 1.30.03

Maximum Metal Rating Legend - Click for Full Details
5 Excellent - Buy it and say a prayer to the metal gods that you were tuned on to this masterpiece. A classic.
4-4.5 Great - Almost perfect records but there's probably a clunker or a lacking somewhere to keep it from perfection. You won't feel bad about dropping some bones on these.
3.5 Good - Most of the record is good, but there may be some filler. This is the OK range where you'd search for the record on sale or used.
3 Average - Some good songs, some bad ones at about a half/half ratio. Could show skills but be dull overall. Redeeming qualities for indy bands are effort and passion. Majors that don't try or suck outright end up here.
2-2.5 Fair - Worth a listen, but best obtained by collectors. There is much better metal out there.
1-1.5 Bad - Major problems with music, lyrics, production, etc.
0 Terrible or an otherwise waste of your life and time.

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A Venom Well DesignedThe Great Deceiver
2002
Nate Turpin1/30/2003


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