DISAVOWED - Stagnated Existence
Released: May 9th, 2007 | Label: Neurotic | Rating: 8/10 | Reviewer: PSL | Provided by: Neurotic

01. Biased Existence
02. Treason
03. Collateral Causality
04. Restricted Conceptions
05. The Infinite Multiplicity
06. The Eternal Validity
07. Divided by Condemn
08. Stagnated
09. Dogmatic Conceit
10. The Veils of Misconception

On Stagnated Existence Disavowed practice some brutal US inspired death metal. There's hardly anything different in what the Dutchmen do. The music is full of references to Suffocation and to some degree also Pyrexia and Cannibal Corpse. It would be easy to discard Disavowed as just another Suffocation clone, but it wouldn't be fair. Sure the similarities are many, but there is more to the music than just that. The band is able to combine the inspiration from the aforementioned bands with own ideas. The result is nothing original, but nevertheless very convincing. It's clear that Disavowed is a well-oiled machine. Nothing seem left to circumstances and the band play both tight and brutal.

The music is fairly varied and there are really no unnecessary filler at all. The songs are short and direct which gives the music a very compact feel. And alongside with the fat and forceful production the music gets the weigh it should have in order to stay interesting. Overall the outcome is very good, but when compared to the debut Perceptive Deception it lacks a little in terms of catchiness. It appears as if Disavowed have aimed to be a little faster and more technical this time. However there are still plenty of terrific things going on in tracks like "The Eternal Validity", "The Infinite Multiplicity" and "Dogmatic Conceit". Stagnated Existence doesn't pretend to be more than it is - a violent slap of Dutch brutality mixed with technicality.

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