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Review: Deals Death - Elite
Deals Death

Label: SpineFarm Records
Year released: 2012
Duration: 34:09
Tracks: 9
Genre: Melodic Death Metal

Rating: 3/5

Review online: May 12, 2012
Reviewed by: Christopher Foley
Readers Rating

Rated 2.57/5 (51.43%) (7 Votes)

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.

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