The Great Deceiver - _Terra Incognito_
(Peaceville, 2004)
by: Pedro Azevedo (7 out of 10)
The extent to which The Great Deceiver's _A Venom Well Designed_ impressed me meant its successor would be welcomed with open arms -- but also that it would have a hard time proving its worth. _Terra Incognito_ is, first and foremost, an album that picks up where its predecessor left off, but also one that doesn't seem to care where it goes from there. The Great Deceiver have veered into a more pummeling hardcore-based approach, and as a result much of the more introspective guitar work that really made some of _AVWD_'s tracks shine has been forsaken this time around. The final result is a different balance of the elements that make up The Great Deceiver's sound, but despite a promising opener in "Today" it is also somewhat disappointing.

_Terra Incognito_ is a mildly enjoyable album: Lindberg's usual screams occasionally go into lower registers than usual, and there's a definitely impressive sound emanating from the pounding riffs and rhythm work -- often quite straightforward, but very pronounced and commited. A hard album to judge, _Terra Incognito_ is neither a headbang-inducing riff-fest nor a considerably doom-infused album; it's less doomy and more pounding than its predecessor, but it's clear that The Great Deceiver are still very much doing their own thing rather than trying to create easy music for a given target audience. For my taste _A Venom Well Designed_ is much more enjoyable, but _Terra Incognito_ is still a good album that might even turn out to be more attractive for other listeners.


(article published 18/5/2004)

9/1/2002 P Azevedo 8.5 The Great Deceiver - A Venom Well Designed
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