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Missing Alexi, right? - 75%

plebman, June 22nd, 2013

Having found this band whilst browsing Youtube, I listened to them occasionally over the space of a few weeks/months, each time getting to like them that little bit more, to the point of getting hold of their album. They seem to have merged something Children of Bodom would be proud of with something else, something better.

From start to finish, you find it hard not to find this band ultimately a step away from Children of Bodom, and this will NOT be stated enough, given the sound they have clearly chosen to adopt for this, their second release.

The more listens you give this release, the more you can appreciate exactly what they're going for: chugging riffs, harsh vocals to the point of which they verge on death metal, and a style of music that fits with the place of the band's initiation...Gothenburg.

The music isn't overly technical and very few sections scream out complexity whilst giving it a good listen, but what they do have is something that's simple and sounds good. A good harmony of 2 guitars, which very few bands would've seemed able to do on just their second release.

The vocals aren't much new within the melodic death metal scene; they're good, but not great, and as previously stated, wouldn't sound amiss from a Children of Bodom album from a decade ago. That said, they do make a very good case for being a good band for the future, this being their second release and it's quite decent.

Tracks of note are Perfection and Collapse, both having fantastic openings leading to the aforementioned simple riffing with chugging guitars and overly simple feelgood music at its finest.

Nothing elite here. - 60%

Andromeda_Unchained, June 11th, 2012

Deals Death are a Gothenburg-based melodic death metal band, and in all honesty I could probably leave the review at that...

Okay, okay, this isn't actually too bad. It certainly has a lot more substance than that Rise to Fall album I reviewed recently, and some of the riffs here a genuinely good. There's quite a bit in the way of keyboards in the album, and they're the electronic style acts such as Dark Tranquility are known for utilizing. The vocals are almost good, albeit slightly verging on core territory in places, however the singer does sound genuinely pissed off in places which is a good thing, I certainly hear a little bit of the Arch Enemy vocal stylings, almost to the point of a mix between Johan Liiva and Angela Gossow.

The mix is atypical of the genre and is as modern as they come. In places it has a pristine power metal feel, and there's definitely a modern Dark Tranquility/early 2000's In Flames feel across the board. Like I said earlier, there are some good riffs, and the band does at least try to kick up some dust and give us some aggression.

For the most part those clued up on the scene will know exactly what to expect from Deals Death on their sophomore effort Elite. Tracks such as "Perfection" and "Fortified" show what the band does well, and fans of the style will no doubt get at least some enjoyment here. Worth checking out for melodic death metal fans, anyone else can safely avoid this.

Originally written for http://www.metalcrypt.com