[LOCAL REVIEW] Deadline – Vitriol Inc

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[vc_row][vc_column][vc_gallery interval=”3″ images=”6511″ img_size=”full”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Artist: Deadline
Title: Vitriol Inc
Release Date: 5 May 2023[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]

Deadline, the pioneers of the ‘New Wave of South African Heavy Metal’,
are back with their 3rd heart-pumping, tights-stretching,
crotch-bulging 3rd album entitled ‘Vitriol Inc’. Bowing even further
down to the memory of 80’s thrash, power and heavy Metal, these sleazy
Gauteng boys march with intent and pride and give us their most daring
release yet.

Having already teased us with four singles leading up to the official
release (‘Cult Of Prometheus’, ‘Monuments’, ‘My Sweet Apocalypse’, and
‘Vitriol’ – all via their youtube page), the time has finally come to
rip and roar our way through all 10 tracks. Starting with an ominous
intro called ‘Si Vis Pacem Para Bellum’ we are immediately blown away
by the title track ‘Vitriol’. The intense fast thrash riff complete
with immaculate shredding into a killer Iron Maiden-esque chorus sets
the tone for what will surely be one of the best local albums this
year. By the time track four is done and your heart is beating far too
fast to be considered healthy, the soothing, melodic and powerful epic
‘My Sweet Apocalypse’ comes in to give us a well-deserved break – but
not for long, oh no!! Deadline doesn’t let up that easily as our ears
are bombarded by ‘Codebreaker’ and ‘Ghost of Kyiv’ before we take a
breath and hold up our lighters to the acoustic driven ‘Exhale’. By
the time the final tracks ‘Devil in Disguise’ and ‘Monuments’ are over
I can only say that this album was worth the wait and am seriously
looking forward to the launch shows that are coming up – Woodstock
Brewery in Cape Town on Friday 26 May with special guests The Fallen
Prophets; Railways Cafe Centurion on Friday 2 June with special guests
Human Nebula and Middle Grounds.

Formed in Pretoria, South Africa in 2014, Deadline played their first
show at a friend’s house party on 7 March 2015 and have not looked
back since. 2 albums and an EP later, they have become the fore
runners of the Old School Heavy Metal sound in South Africa which they
have dubbed the “New Wave of South African Heavy Metal”. With 6 South
African Metal Music Awards to their name, a dedicated fanbase who dub
themselves the “Deadline Heavy Metal Crew” and an energetic,
passionate live show second only to their heroes Iron Maiden, they
march with intent and pride towards the release of their 3rd album,
“Vitriol Inc” that will undoubtedly be their most daring release yet.
Led by the effervescent, high flying Frontman Jessy Switchblade,
Deadline have undergone a few core changes during the pandemic, but
have now solidified their line up around guitarists Judge Mental and
The Skullprit (the last original member along with Jessy), bassist
Damian Dread and percussionist and back up vocalist Wrighteous Mike.
The quintet is hellbent on bringing the nostalgia, exuberance, and
blood thirsty passion of the 80’s without necessarily pigeonholing
themselves in one sole genre. Their music transcends genres, it
transcends generations, it’s an ode to the decade that changed us
forever. Sit down in your Lamborghini Countach, strap your seat belt,
and let their crashing drums, pulsating bass rhythms, bright neon
guitar riffs and screeching vocals take you back to your glorious
metallic past!

Reviewed by Kevin Rule



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