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Deity - Deity Award winner

by Justin "Witty City" Wittenmeier at 21 June 2017, 7:43 AM

Oh Canada!  You are often the butt of so many jokes here in America but the truth is, your own frozen north produces Death Metal as good as America (or any other country) if not better.  This debut album from a new technical Death Metal band called DEITY is further proof of this.  When I first heard this album, I thought to myself here is a band that has somehow stayed off my radar for years—but I was shocked to see this is their debut.  They sound so damn tight and determined that I’m blown away they are this good so early into their career.

Obviously, having Flo Mournier (from CRYPTOPSY, in case you have been living under a rock)  provide session drums doesn’t hurt their sound at all.  However, I want it to be known he isn’t a secret weapon in an otherwise mundane approach.  The remaining three players are amazing musicians on their own and they don’t use Flo’s name to make themselves better than what they really are. Instead, Flo compliments an already intense and mind boggling sound.  Truthfully, he sounds at home here just as much as he ever did in CRYTOPSY. The opening track, “Suspended in Animation” is just an intro but it is beautifully well done, featuring classical clean piano. It is a bit laid back for an intro to an album that crushes but it isn’t really out of place.  Their music is just as in depth and wrought in a sort of restrained wild as a classical overture.

The first proper track, “Beginning of Extinction,” immediately assaults the year with Flo’s insanely fast double bass and hammered snare.  He plays so fast, so intense I was worried the kit was going to fall apart and the album would end. Massey and Alessandro both play guitar and do vocals—one does the high pitched screams and the other is a throaty growl.  As far as this style goes, they are about as good as any other growlers/screamers, you are going to hear.  Their words and inflection are more distinguished than  a lot of others in this genre—it isn’t too hard to make out what they are saying which seems to be the biggest issue with people who don’t like death meal. The song changes tempo several times throughout with the guitars weaving in out from each other, each time they are trading off technical riffs from one another.

At 4:47, a surprisingly melodic solo pours out from the speakers backed by a riff made of concrete and steel.   In fact, turning speeds on a dime is nothing for this band. “Rituals” sounds like it might be a slow dirge but suddenly takes a sharp left into a deep growl and fast, thin riffs.  The band even throws in some prog elements by combining sounds you normally don’t get from a band this brutal. “Of Time” is an instrumental that begins with acoustic guitars.  It’s expertly played but is a bit more melodic than I would had expected, reminding me of very, very early IN FLAMES.   If Canada ever decided to invade America, then I’m sure “Illuminate the Unwilling,” would be their mantra of destruction.  The beginning of the song is super-fast guitar and blast beat drumming, echoing VADER as their best.

I would be remiss if I didn’t mention Ravet and his bass because it’s some of the best bass playing I’ve heard in a death metal record for some time.   On “Rituals” he glides over the rest of the song, his tone sticking out above the guitars giving him an edge even if sometimes he is playing the same stuff as the guitars.  This is one of the better Death Metal debuts I’ve heard in recent memory—the musicianship is so cunning, so well-crafted in their identity they are, that I see good things for this band in the future.

Songwriting: 9
Originality: 9
Memorability: 9
Production: 9

4 Star Rating

1. Suspended in Animation
2. Beginning of Extinction
3. Sacrificicum
4. From Which We Came…We Now Return
5. Rituals
6. Of Time
7. Illuminate the Unwilling
8. In Turmoil (We Rise)
John Massey – Guitars/Vocals
Danny Alessandro – Guitars/Vocals
Florian Ravet -  Bass
Flo Mounier – Drums (session)
Record Label: Independent


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