Beyond the Mind

After a long hiatus, NYDM act Dehumanized finally took up shop again and in 2012 unleashed Controlled Elite, an exceptional brutal slammin’ death metal album.  4 years later, not content to rest on their laurels Dehumanized packed their crap went to Joe Cincotta’s NY studio and have recorded Beyond the Mind. This is 10 songs in 40 minutes to bash your skull in and get you lacing up in the pit and windmilling people’s heads clean off their shoulders.  For young ins who have never heard Dehumanized, well their sound is comparable to Internal Bleeding, Suffocation, Dying Fetus, Soils of Fate.  Brutal New Yawk death metal with pit heaving slams to leave your neighborhood in complete and utter shambles.

“Worthless Prosperity” opens with a soft guitar part and cymbals and I was like ok???  Well 35 seconds later Mike Centrone growls, the tune goes into a brutal blast and the 56 second part levels you with what could quite possibly be the monster slam of the year.  The slam erupts into a blast, before going back into that monster slam, once again.  This opener leaves you tattered, torn and beaten.  Brutal blasts again before returning to the slam again.  And hot damn, how about Torres’ drum tone- I love the double bass and this is easily George’s finest outing behind the kit.  Rich’s guitar is godly with the sheer power.  Cossu’s bass guitar is prominent and the slapping bass adds quite a lot of dimension to this album.  Mike Centrone is in top guttural form bellowing growls, higher ranges and a few hardcore shouts across this album.

The title track has an interesting opening part, with an excellent guitar riff that almost has a little Exodus crunch to it.  Then off to the races with a howl and blast, before slowing back down with ripping double bass drums.  The 1.15 section is like a wave of guitar jumpiness and I could imagine a sea of bodies floating in formation all the while beating the snot out of one another.  “Drawn by Blood” has a great opening section with a killer guitar tone and the 25 second part I swear I started swinging!!!  This part is destructive.  I noticed some backing vocals on this tune…sounded like Gallagher from Dying Fetus, maybe so.

The entire album follows the same path: blasts, slams and then more monstrous slams.  This is music to see live.  Truly, the pits are where it’s at during a NYDM show.  I love Beyond the Mind.  As much as Controlled Elite…hmmm not sure yet, but damn sure close enough and after some more run throughs I am certain of it.  The album cover is colorful, striking and a little sick.  Eyeballs flying everywhere and coming out of the brain, yuck, I love it.  Dehumanized should be proud of this album, even with the little technical melodies on “Telepathics”, I was smiling, as this was yet a new dimension for the band, which I could see them further exploring on their next output.  Simply put one of this year’s best albums.  Dehumanized have returned in a big effin way by releasing Beyond the Mind.  Simply Punishing.  Well done brutal slammin’ NYDM!!!!

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Written by Frank Rini
November 1st, 2016


  1. Commented by: E. Thomas

    This is the most purely ‘NEW YAWK” album I have heard in a long time. Possibly since last Suffocation….

  2. Commented by: F.Rini

    I know, I love every frickin minute of it!!!

  3. Commented by: guilliame

    Not from New York. What makes this NYDM, a separate genre or makes it sound like “NYDM”!?

  4. Commented by: F.Rini

    NYDM, combines massive grooves/slams coupled with furious blast beats. Some of the slams harken back to NY hardcore with grooves created to incite massive pits in a live setting.

  5. Commented by: Kuba

    Frank, while the backing vocals on the re-recorded version of Drawn by Blood are similar to Gallagher’s, they were done by John Collett, their former vocalist :)

  6. Commented by: Frini

    Kuba-many thanks for the info. This was a promo from the record company, so being that it was digital there was no info. My cd should be arriving soon, though. \m/

  7. Commented by: guilliame

    I wondered, because Immolation is NY. Does it often combine breakdowns? I hear one in this tune, which i like because it is groovy.

  8. Commented by: Mars

    Shame on me for not having pre-ordered this. Controlled Elite still gets plays from me.

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