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Denied - Freedom of Speech

Freedom of Speech
by Craig Rider at 22 March 2018, 11:55 AM

Metal maniacs, rejoice! I am proud to present to you: DENIED; signed via Sliptrick Records, hailing from Swedish grounds - performing Thrash/Heavy Metal, on their 4th album entitled: “Freedom Of Speech” (released February 13th, 2018). Since formation in 2003; the quintet in question have 3 albums in their discography so far, I am introduced to their 4th album: “Freedom Of Speech”. Arranging an intricately designed development of hard-hitting Thrash/Heavy Metal distinctions, DENIED deliver a grandiose manifestation of concrete songwriting adroitness and battering sound production efficaciousness in which relentlessly provides a savagely sinister amalgamation with a melodious contrast. “Alive” begins the record, conveying a solid slab of rhythmic proficiencies which scream with blistering vocalization, instrumentation and musicianship – diligently hammering with a barraged assault of frenzied orchestrations, rampaging with unique juxtupostions.

Consisting of Soren Adamsen on vocals; who portrays a dynamically consistent complexity of clean, high-pitched velocity - with a hint of roughness for good measure. “Speech” demonstrates electrical, chaotic mayhem – showcasing raw dexterity from guitar duo Andreas Carlsson & Chris Vowden, who chug and gallop away with efficiently composed riffs and menacingly thunderous solos. “Stay Hungry” distributes a fluid aesthetic of energetic, yet organic formulas of well-executed implementations of melodic elements and distinguishable Thrash/Heavy Metal convergence. “Don’t You Know Me” excels with dominant characteristics; creatively balanced with rapidly swift, and memorably catchy grooviness that is all round invigorating.

Powerhouse bassist Freddan Thörnblom pummels his axe with fierce determination and hostility in the song “Scarred Soul”, an enlightening and entertaining track which deversed its own video for sure. Drummer Markus Kask pulverizes his mettle with steel crushing significance, “Domestic War” establishes razor-sharp performances which get the blood pumping - as the quartet thump their weapons with elegant contributions, attributing with unprecedented salubriousness. “The Otherside” flourished with relishing craftsmanship; as the band executes a stampede of harmonic skill, combined with exquisite intensity that is admirably commendable and fulfilling. “The Ferryman” is also a technically progressive track, excitingly enjoyable.

The Devil In Me” has some electronica-fused diversities to it, variating with aggressively explosive yet battle-hardened hymns which captivate me greatly. “Three Degrees Of Evil” has a deadly appealness to it, while “False Truth” overall concludes the record. Compelling me to say that DENIED certainly outdone themselves with this one, it is definitely worth discovering.

Songwriting: 8
Memorability: 8
Originality: 8
Sound Production: 8

4 Star Rating

1. Alive
2. Speech
3. Stay Hungry
4. Don’t You Know Me
5  Scarred Soul
6. Domestic War
7. The Otherside
8. The Ferryman
9. The Devil In Me
10. Three Degrees Of Evil
11. False Truth
Soren Adamsen - Vocals
Andreas Carlsson - Guitar
Chris Vowden - Lead Guitar
Freddan Thörnblom - Bass
Markus Kask - Drums
Record Label: Independent


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