Derogatory are a band from California that plays an old school form of death metal and this is a review of their 2013 album "Above All Else" which was released by FDA Rekotz.
"Intro' opens up the album with acoustic guitar playing before going into heavy and melodic guitar riffs along with some drums and serves as an introduction for the album.
"Into The Depth Of Time" which is the first actual song on the album starts off with heavy death metal guitar riffs and drums before getting fast and adding in blast beats along with some growls and then the song adds in a mixture of mid paced and fast parts along with some melodic riffing and high pitched screams and halfway through the song there is a brief use of guitar leads.
"Cryopreservation" kicks off with some heavy guitar riffs and blast beats before adding in some growls before going into a more mid paced direction while still having some fast parts along with some thrash elements and after awhile guitar leads start coming in and out of the song.
"Above All Else" begins with heavy guitar riffs and drums and a minute later growls kick in and the song sticks to an old school death metal formula and halfway through the song there is a brief use of Florida style death metal guitar leads which also utilize some melody.
"Immortal Divine" starts off with heavy guitar riffs and drums before getting fast and adding in blast beats which also leads up to some growls before adding in a mixture of slow and fast parts and after a couple of minutes there is a brief use of guitar solos being added in with the riffing and vocals.
"Foretold In My House Of Seance" hits off with some heavy 90's style death metal guitar riffs along with some drums that utilize a small amount of blast beats and then the growls kick in and a minute later guitar solos start coming in and out of the song as well as the music going into a more fast and brutal direction before returning to its normal pace and towards the end there is a brief bass lead before going into normal guitar solos as well as the music going back to a faster direction for a few seconds.
"Cenotoph" has its start with heavy guitar riffs before adding in some drums and blast beats and then a mixture of screams and growls come into the song as well as a mixture of slow and fast parts along with some guitar leads that come in and out of the song.and you can also hear the bass guitars in certain sections and towards the end there is a brief use of melodies.
"Twisted Aeons Of Burning Galaxy" has its beginnings with heavy death metal guitar riffs and drums and a minute later growls kick in along with a small amount of fast parts and there are no guitar leads on the song.
"To Escape What Is Now" which is also the last song on the album starts with heavy guitar riffs that utilize some melody along with some drums and a few seconds later growls start coming in and the song sticks to a mid paced death metal direction and halfway through the song there is a brief use of guitar leads and towards the end acoustic guitars start coming into the song.
Song lyrics cover live, reality, space, lucid dreaming and moving forward, while the production has a very strong, powerful, heavy and professional sound to it.
In my opinion Derogatory are a very great sounding old school death metal ban and if you are a fan of this musical genre, you should check out this recording. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "Into The Depth Of Time" Foretold In My House Of Seance" and "Twisted Aeons Of Burning Galaxy". RECOMMENDED BUY.