Deadlock – The Arsonist (2013)


The ever evolving Deadlock arrives with their latest offering “The Arsonist”. In this album this German outfit delivers 10 tracks and around 40 minutes of their signature passive-aggressive Melodic Metal filled with the sweet vocals of Sabine Scherer. Adding some Groove elements into their already rich sound, the band sounds as catchy and heavy than ever in this release.

Opening strong with “The Great Pretender”, we can instantly hear the new Groove influences in the band’s sound. We also get the first glance of the band’s new male vocalist: John Gahlert, their older bass guitarist. Keeping the mixture of harsh screams and female vocals, the band’s vocal approach is quite diverse and entertaining. The band’s catchiness is as always present on the killer “I’m Gone”, featuring one of the best chorus sections of the whole release.

The grooviness of “Dead City Sleepers” is masterfully contrasted with a very engaging chorus section and killer guitar work. The album title track has a very fresh vibe to it, making it quite an interesting song featuring Amaranthe-like catchiness and vocal melodies. One of our favorite tracks is the very mellow and emotive “Hurt”. This song has very nice piano arrangements and an overall Jazzy mood that is quite relaxing and nicely changes up the flow of the album.

“The Final Storm” is one of the most diverse tracks in this release with some electronic elements and very dramatic symphonic arrangements, greatly showing the versatility of the band and reminding us of Xerath. The song “Small Town Boy” which is a Bronski Beat cover sound very weirdly out of place, but it reminds us of Atrocity’s “Werk 80” cover songs. The band closes with the very catchy and mainstream sounding, “My Pain”. This track again brings us back to the Theatre of Tragedy days of their “Musique” album, quite fun, but not exactly what we expected.

With a very dynamic and evolving sound, Deadlock is one of those bands that never get tired of pushing the envelope and delivering their uncompromised musical vision to their fans. For any fan of the band this release will surely satisfy your Deadlock cravings and will make you think out of the box to really enjoy some of their more evolved songs. We can’t recommend this release enough, so be sure to check it out.

Band: Deadlock Album: The Arsonist

Label: Napalm Records

Release: August 6th, 2013

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Genre: Melodic/Modern Metal / Groove Metal

Country: Germany

Rating: 89/100

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