I have to admit that I wasn’t the biggest fan of the band back in the late ‘80s. I only have the Guttural Breath LP, which hasn’t been spun in probably over twenty years. When I heard the band was touring the West Coast a couple of years ago, I was intrigued. I was going to check them out. Also, I had corresponded with their guitarist Mid through the internet, which made it more appealing to meet him in person. I caught the first day of the tour and was floored by the sheer power of the music. They were way better than I remembered from that LP from years past. It worked out that I would be in the Bay Area a few days later to celebrate my birthday and caught them. Once again, it was no fluke and they killed it. I was officially a new fan. A band whose last release was over twenty years ago comes back with a 4-song EP that shows why they are regarded as one of the forefathers of crust. It’s a release I would have easily dismissed, seeing as so many reformed bands have not been able to perform to the level of their status in punk rock history. But Deviated Instinct bring elements of both punk and metal and perform it with precision and ferocity. Vocalist Leggo delivers the lyrics with a harsh and charged delivery. Mid shows that his guitar playing has matured and charges forth with his bar chord fury. Bassist Snapa pounds out the low notes and provides that cohesiveness to push the music. Rounding of this collective is Tony on drums—who I witnessed first-hand—hard hit with a fury to drive home the message. From the musicianship, the production, and to the mastering, this record has that power that appeals to my ears, even though I have been on a different kick lately genre-wise. It one of those records that really gets me pumped up when I listen to it. I was so giddy about this record I also bought the European release just to see if I could hear sound differences due to different pressing plants. That is my next project for the nerd in me to explore.
–don (Profane Existence)