Death Dealers Delivers New Sound

Posted: April 14, 2011 by keeganhasbrook in Album Review
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                 With musical giants such as Asking Alexandria and We Came As Romans dropping and planning to drop new albums, it’s a difficult time for up and coming hardcore bands to emerge. One of the most talented bands that has been covered up by the recent hardcore albums is Swedish band Adept. With their new album “Death Dealers” hitting the shelves this past month, the foreign band has stolen the hearts of many and then torn them to shreds (in the best way possible) with brutal breakdowns and a gargantuan range of screams.

                “The Ivory Tower” was released as a single before “Death Dealers” was released, and it embodied what Adept was all about. Carefully worded and savagely executed lyrics were woven in between heavy guitar and thrashing drums, creating a mosh pit of music. It left me listening to it on repeat every once and a while; I couldn’t get enough of it. I couldn’t wait for the album.

                Once “Death Dealers” came out, Adept immediately brought me in with “First Round, First Minute” which mixed heavy double bass, guitar riffs, and the oh so welcome lyrics “drop it like it’s hot” and “here we f***ing go.” The album continued with giant bass drops and (of course) breakdowns, but I found it difficult to get through the entire album. All of the songs had a similar tone, open with drums and guitar, throw in a breakdown, show off the low screams, and end. Even though songs like “Death Dealers” and “The Ivory Tower” threw in the much needed deep lyrics and catchy chorus, it couldn’t compensate for the ten other nothing-out-of-the-ordinary melodies.

                One thing that I was absolutely hated about the album was the lack of high-pitched screams. Adept’s first full length album, “Another Year of Disaster,” was filled to the brim with screeching high screams that brought emotion into the screams. This album has lost all of that emotion and replaced it with monotonous lows. Whenever songs like “No Guts, No Glory” featured a speck of a screech, my heart jumped a little bit in hope that more would follow. I was (and still am) disappointed.

                Though the album was boring at times, I can’t say I didn’t enjoy it. I can’t nod my head during some of Adept’s catchy breakdowns, I just wish there weren’t so many.”Death Dealers” could easily drop four or so songs to be a better quality album; after all, quality is better than quantity (especially in music).

Overall rating: eh, satisfactory



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