nuclearabominations.com
DEADHEAD is a good Thrash/Death Metal band from Holland which play good, sincere music the like it was played when Death was at the beginning, the differneces with thash metal were more blurred, and the overall scene more sincere. I do rarely dig thrash/death metal, especially becouse it usually means "weak Death Metal" in modern termns ah ah.. Actually I haven't heard neither the newest or the first albums (this is the second one, in fact), but this is pretty much stuff I used to tape trade when I first got into the genre, you can take the best of old MORGOTH as a comparison of Death of good quality. This is by no means the same as, say NEMBRIONIC, which while OK, desn't stir much the beast in me eheh, it's more of old DEATH, PROTECTOR, SADUS. DISINCARNATE or the more recent DEMENTED TED, with the clear cut guitars, throaty yet comprehensible vocals, cryptic lyrics and stuff. Good shit all in all although more for thrashers then grinders. Actually this is what other bands like MOSHQUITO pretend to play with no success.
Necrogoregrinder
Sounds Of Death
Holland’s most brutal export, Dead Head returns with the follow-up to their classic The Feast Begins at Dawn debut album and fans of these hyper-aggressive Thrash/Death madmen are sure to find themselves in heavy metal heaven with Dream Deceiver, their latest offering from Bad Taste Recordings. Those of us who grow bored with the “grunt and growl” school of vocals currently infesting the scene will find themselves enthralled by the brutal, aggressiev, yet understandable exhortations of Tom van Dijk which roar defiantly over the twin hyper speed guitar attack of Robbie Woning and Ronnie van der Wey. Dream Deceiver transports you back to the golden age of the Death Metal scene when catchy songwriting and over the top brutality were not mutually exclusive concepts.
David Horn
8 ½ Skulls
Kerrang
DEAD HEAD ‘chill out’ on their second album. The sheer ferocity of the opening ‘Angel Heart’ is stunning. And in these days of commonplace extremity, that’s no mean feat. ‘Dream Deceiver’ is an excellent slab of obnoxious, crisply rendered Death. It’ll have your head twisting round, and flobbing pea soup before y’know it.
Jason Arnopp
KKKK
Rock Hard
Mit "Dream Deceiver" melden sich DEAD HEAD, Hollands immer noch führende und beste Thrash-Band, auf der Bildfläche zurück. Von einigen schreibenden Kollegen mußten sie für ihren Erstling "The Feast Begins At Dawn" ja reichlich Prügel einstecken, weil sie angeblich nicht mehr als ein Kreator-Rip-off waren. Eigentlich totaler Bullshit. "Dream Deceiver" dürfte diese ewigen Vergleiche endgültig verschwinden lassen. Okay, böse Zungen werden DEAD HEAD nun mit Slayer vergleichen. Ist ja an sich auch nichts Schlechtes, trifft aber auch nicht hundertprozentig zu, obwohl einige Riffs durchaus aus der Feder von Dumpfbirne Jeff Hanneman stammen könnten. Ich neige aber eher dazu, "Dream Deceiver" als ein kompromißloses und durchaus eigenständiges Thrash-Album zu bezeichnen. Eine Scheibe, wie man sie heutzutage kaum noch zu hören bekommt, denn selbst Slayer oder Kreator (um bei diesen Namen zu bleiben) spielen mittlerweile längst nicht mehr so schnell wie die vier Holländer. Songs wie 'Unholy' (Klassiker!), 'Angel Heart' oder 'I Or The Needle' sind einfach gut durchstrukturiert, sauber gespielt und wirken wie ein Tritt in die Magengrube. Herausragend sind dabei einmal mehr die unglaublich aggressiven Vocals von Tom van Dijk und das streckenweise mächtig abgedrehte und hyperschnelle Drumming von Marco Kleinnibbelink. DEAD HEAD gehen konsequent ihren Weg und halten die Flagge des von mir so schmerzlich vermißten Thrash Metal weiter hoch. Dafür haben sie sich 8,5 Punkte verdient.
FRANKALBRECHT
8.5
rusmetal.ru
If I’m not mistaken, DEAD HEAD comes from Netherlands, and they truly were one of the best death metal bands over there some time ago. Their style appears as a mixture between death and thrash metal with hysteric, almost black metallish vocals, reminding me of BURZUM at times (a ‘milder’ version, you know). The music itself is very technical and masterly performed, some keyboards are here as well… DEAD HEAD was a promising and innovative band, no doubts! Unfortunately, “Dream Deceiver” is the only CD from them I’ve heard despite that they have few other ‘official’ releases. Someone even told me that they’re still alive… Hope so. Herr Stalhammar
5/6