Disturbing Summer 2004: A Displeased Records Compilation
2003, Displeased Records
Various Artists, "Disturbing Summer 2004: A Displeased Records Compilation"
Back in the late 90s, Displeased Records was one of the premiere underground labels sure to deliver the heavy, uncompromising death metal that you'd probably never heard of before. By 2000, however, the company began some sort of hibernation. The company's bands got weirder and I lost track of what they were up to.
With the release of Disturbing Summer 2003, Displeased show that despite the apparent hiatus, they were really up to no good and underground death metal band recruitment. Hell, they've even spawned a sub-label called From Beyond that deals in those bands that are buried too deep even for this crazy Dutch label.
The disc contains 11 tracks from the label proper and 8 From Beyond bands. Though there are 19 songs, much of the disc really just happens to be crap. There are a few shining pieces of corn that do stand out though. Killaman's "Pistol Whipped" starts the album very well with some brutal, dense thrashing death from members of Deranged and Reclusion. Following is Enthral's "Charge of the I" which is also quite worthy due to the punchy main riff. After this, however, it takes six bad tracks before getting to Ninnghizhidda's "The Awakening." The song sounds something like Dimmu Borgir meets Cradle of Filth, but less polished than both. It's a promising song, but the group ought to be careful not to sound like they're plagiarizing.
A couple more tracks and we're on to the "real" underground stuff. Absolute Defiance's "Butchered Human Corpse" and Sepsism "The Bitter End" are the only two decent songs of the bunch, while C.S.S.O. baffles with their cool yet less-than-loveable idiot grind. Other than these songs (and I'm being fairly gentle with my judgment of some of them), the remaining stuff is either totally derivative, boring or really, incredibly stupid...like Barbatos' "Red Leather Bitch."
If Displeased had been in hibernation, it seems as if they would have done well to stay there, because the offering on this compilation is unimpressive. The company desperately needs more strong bands, because though Killaman and Ninnghizhidda are good, they're not the groups that can carry an otherwise failing label.
Killaman "Pistol Whipped"