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The Great Deceiver  


Tomas Lindberg is still revered for his time spent in the seminal Swedish death metal band At The Gates, and since that band's demise he has shown up in a variety of groups, mostly tied to death metal either directly or indirectly. The Great Deceiver is not a death metal band, and thus is kind of the black sheep of the Lindberg family of bands. The style on A Venom Well Received is a bit hard to pinpoint, as it features mid-paced songs, with driving, harsh guitar riffs accentuated by a spacey, phased guitar sound, which is a nice effect though it borders on overuse here. Surprisingly, the genre that The Great Deceiver might be closest to is nu-metal -- they are not a nu-metal band, but have some nu-metal characteristics, and with a different vocalist (one of those half-crooning, half-hardcore-shouting types that most nu-metal bands employ) the similarities would be more noticeable. Lindberg turns in a typical performance, though for some reason he sounds less dynamic than usual, his trademark hoarse yells having less range than the music might dictate. Kudos to these guys for doing something a bit different, though it's hard to tell who the target audience is for this band. As it stands, A Venom Well Designed is an intriguing listen, worth a try as long as one is prepared to hear something unlike Lindberg's other work.

Current Members

Tomas Lindberg

vocals (At The Gates, The Crown, Lock Up, Nightrage)

Kristian Wahlin

guitars

Johan Osterberg

guitars

Matti Lundell

bass

Hans Nilsson

drums (Crystal Age, Dimension Zero)

Former Members/Guests

Kalle Anderson

drums

Ulf Scott

drums


Discography



(EP) Cave-In 
1999 Bridge
  1. Cornered Rat
  2. Jet Black Art
  3. Suffering Redefined
  4. End Made Flesh And Blood
  5. Desperate And Empty
  • Tomas Lindberg
  • Kristian Wahlin
  • Johan Osterberg
  • Matti Lundell
  • Kalle Anderson




(EP) Jet Black Art  COMPILATION
2000 Trustkill




A Venom Well Designed 
2002 Peaceville
  1. Pierced
  2. The Living End
  3. Poisoned Chalice
  4. After Us The Flood
  5. Enter The Martyrs
  6. The Demon's Lair
  7. Arsenic Dreams
  8. Strychnine
  9. The Blade
  10. Leave It All Behind
  11. Destroy - Adore
  • Tomas Lindberg
  • Kristian Wahlin
  • Johan Osterberg
  • Matti Lundell
  • Hans Nilsson

Reviews:   Chronicles Of Chaos  Lords Of Metal 



Terra Incognito 
2004 Peaceville
  1. Today
  2. We-The Dead
  3. Lake Of Sulphar
  4. From Bereavement To Resgination
  5. Marathon Man
  6. The Heel On The Throat Of The Young
  7. Faust In Exile
  8. Forward/Willing/Sickness
  9. Conspiracy Theorist
  10. Worm Of Truth
  • Tomas Lindberg
  • Kristian Wahlin
  • Johan Osterberg
  • Matti Lundell
  • Ulf Scott

Reviews:   Chronicles Of Chaos  Lords Of Metal 



Life Is Wasted On The Living 
2007 Deathwish
  1. Home To Oblivion
  2. Lifeline Lost
  3. Running With Scissors
  4. The Big Radiating Nothing
  5. Annihilating Liberty
  6. A Life Transparent
  7. In The Wake Of Progress
  8. A Myth Retired
  9. Small Town Ignorance
  10. Escapeplan Routed
  11. Discontent
  12. 21st Century Heartburn
  • Tomas Lindberg
  • Kristian Wahlin
  • Johan Osterberg
  • Matti Lundell
  • Hans Nilsson

Reviews:   Lords Of Metal 

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