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Album Review

Fast and furious, First Round Knockout from Norway's Deride is a raucous contemporary metal album inspired by Black Sabbath, Pantera, Judas Priest, and Slipknot. With thrashed vocals and grinding riffs, songs like the title track launch a full-on assault on the listener. The aggression in "Life Before Death" is captured by the intensely repetitive, hardcore guitar progressions. "Clear Reflection" spirals into an ominous groove and "The Hate Within" is so powerful that it gives new meaning to the word "extreme." But Deride's one shortcoming is that their constant, relentless energy can get a little homogenous. The record really sounds very much the same until the strange and atmospheric hidden track. Deride may actually be heavier than Sabbath, but when all is said and done, they're not nearly as dynamic and unexpected.

Customer Reviews

Not as good as debut, but still hard

They lost some of their unique sound when they lost the clean vocals. Still good, solid metal. Life before death is the kind of tight brutal and efficient song we loved from Pantera.


Genre: Rock

Years Active: '00s

Chasing the well-known legacy of Northern European metal bands, Norwegian Deride manages to present daring compositions. Combining heavy metal's classical references with original and ponderous notes, the band ultimately offers their sole mark within the metal style. Deride started their operations in 1995 in their hometown of Bergen, Norway. Borre H. Michelsen (vocals), Ole Walaunet (guitar), Johan Alme (bass), and Kjetil Greve (drums) secured the original lineup of the crew. A few months after...
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First Round Knockout, Deride
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  • Partial Album
  • Genres: Rock, Music, Metal
  • Released: Oct 15, 2002

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