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Deadfall, The Last Harbinger (self-released)
CD Reviews- 9/11/2014

09/11/14
By Eric Saeger news@hippopress.com



In where-the-hell-did-these-guys-come-from news, this Watertown, Mass., metal six-piece has concocted a sound combining the guitars and ogre-bellowing of Meshuggah with the pretty vocals of fellow locals Vital Might along with a few casual roots-punk elements to come up with something that succeeds equally in the areas of anger management and “wait, there are chicks at this club too.” If you think about it, that’s quite a trick, pulling off math-leaning neo-heaviness and smothering the whole terrifying mess in hooks, which is exactly what this stuff does, and I don’t mean the sort of hook you hear from Bury Your Dead and whatnot, more like the drawn-out mall-prog you hear from — gawd, I guess Queensryche, if you’re going to press me.  One last thing, I hate to sound like some local-jokel scene hack who just wrestled the cellophane off his first promo CD, but the production is all-pro. Stuff like this could make metal useful again, if that’s even possible. A

— Eric W. Saeger






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