Deadlock
Wolves


3.5
great

Review

by Frederick Metzengerstein USER (202 Reviews)
September 8th, 2007 | 39 replies | 17,743 views


Release Date: 2007 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Vegan, straightedge, melodic death metal from Germany complete with blazing solos, fast riffing, and dueling vocals.

6 of 6 thought this review was well written

As of the past couple of decades, Germany has been producing many promising metal bands. The German thrash scene spiked considerably when Sodom, Kreator, and Destruction came to town. Nowadays Germany gave birth to a couple of melodic metal bands by the name of Fear My Thoughts and Deadlock. They have hooked me like a fish.

Formed in 1997 Deadlock have been producing quality metal and have kept improving over the years. I was first turned on to them by a friend . Listening to awakened by sirens, I was turned onto the band immediately with its dual vocal approach and furious riffs. I’ve been anticipating their new release for awhile and now it's here . Wolves is Deadlock at their prime. Combining fast riffing, solos a plenty, and enough double bass to satisfy me. The unique vocal shift sets them apart from most other bands and are quickly becoming one of my favorite metal bands.

It opens up with ''We Shall All Bleed and I hear blaring double bass and angry growls right away that give in to Sabine Weniger's beautiful voice during the choruses. Most of the songs have similar formulas with screaming verses giving in to clean vocal chorus's, with the exception of Losers Ballet. The duel vocals in this band are simply breathtaking that many people should find enjoyable. Johannes's brutal death growls pave way to the choruses where Sabine is given time to shine with her powerful voice. Brutality and beauty done right. Musically this CD is very diverse with plenty of melody and heaviness being balanced. The only faults I think that plaques this disk are the lyrics and the predictability of some moments. Some are just plain cheesy, some have foul language that is unnecessary, and some just express extreme hate to society trying to pummel everyone with their message. Also, during the melodic parts, more experimentation would have made the songs stronger. I noticed the melodic parts tend to stick primarily to Sabine, as she begins to sing during the chorus. For more diversity, the melodies should have been balanced equally between the two singers, which would've resulted in a more balanced attack of merging brutality and melody.

Sebastian Reichel and Gert Rymen pound furiously with a heavy groove oriented attack. That's not to say there aren't any solos. Solos are found everywhere on this disk. Occasionally orchestras are used to add diversity, being shown most prominent on Losers Ballet. This song has a very Dimmu Borgir like feel to it, due to the dark atmosphere given to the track and is by far the heaviest song on the album. No clean vocals from Sabine are present here, still a spectacular song regardless. As I said most songs are similar. However in some of the songs include some techno parts. End Begins is a perfect example of that. In the middle everything slows down and a techno beat comes in only later to give away to a blazing solo. The drumming is solid and plays it's part well with the swiftness and chaotic nature of metal. Tobias of course uses plenty of double bass but some cool patterns are found. Bass is practically nonexistent but still there. And of course there is a ballad by the name of "Where The Skies Are Blue". Also Deadlock is part of a myspace program called Avenging Animals.


Wolves is an album anybody whether you're a metal head or not can enjoy. Extremely catchy and heavy, this is bound to gather some attention sooner or later from the masses. I highly recommend this as it has great replay value. As long as Deadlock continue 's to pummel the people with their brand of metal I’ll be happy.

Pros:

Excellent dual vocal performance

Great guitar riffs, fast, heavy and technical yet still extremely catchy.

An abundance of well executed solos.

Great Drumming

Cons:
More experimentation between the songs could have led into an even greater album instead of rehashing similar ideas.

Lyrics are cheesy.



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Otisbum
September 8th 2007



1912 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

A lot of commas are missing, but nice job nonetheless.

It's about time someone reviewed this, great album. I think I'll listen to it again now.

Crysis
Staff Reviewer
September 8th 2007



16252 Comments


This sounds great, I want to hear this!

As for the review, there are a few simple grammatical mistakes. Just give it a good proof-read then I'll vote. Nice work.

Otisbum
September 8th 2007



1912 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

@Crysis: You should check this out. The female vocalist is great, not to say that the male isn't of course.

BallsToTheWall
September 8th 2007



44164 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

How do i edit this?

Otisbum
September 8th 2007



1912 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

My Profile -> Edit My Review (on left side of screen) -> Deadlock - Wolves

Pebster49
September 9th 2007



2991 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

Im glad someone reviewed this, this is an awesome record...good review. I think that techno part in the song "End Begins" is kinda not well placed, and also some songs drag a little. Overall awesome record, the vocals are amazing

samthebassman
September 9th 2007



2164 Comments


This is alot better review than your other one...

I might even check this out.

Dethtrasher
September 9th 2007



2211 Comments


Improving
Good review, sounds interesting since I like females in the metal scene.

Crimson
September 9th 2007



1935 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Meh, this album was alright, but I found it a bit repetitive.
Decent review, maybe a bit more description would've been nice, but I'll vote.

Confessed2005
September 9th 2007



3314 Comments


Looks interesting to say the least. Good review.

Unreal
September 9th 2007



229 Comments


you finally wrote a review!

this is better than your first, keep em coming :thumb:This Message Edited On 09.09.07

SantiagoPTW
September 9th 2007



20 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I really liked this band, maybe not so much the techno parts, but the rest was cool

ZapatoDiablo
October 8th 2007



167 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Good review man. I just got this cd today and I really like it. Sabine and Johannes are a really cool duo.

Pebster49
October 8th 2007



2991 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

Ya, i think the techno parts are too much at times, on a few moments they kinda didn't fit right on some songs.

jrowa001
October 12th 2007



8750 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

i borrowed this album from my friend and it's got some pretty good songs. i like the female vocals, but the male growls could be better. good listen all around

BallsToTheWall
October 12th 2007



44164 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

Personally I think Johanes does a great job with the harsh vocals. Very harsh and brutal, then paves to Sabine's awesome voice. Plenty of solos and groove, one of my top albums of this year for sure. Oh and I checked out Project Creation. That is some amazing stuff. As soon as I find it, im buying it.

jrowa001
October 12th 2007



8750 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

i should say that the duo vocals do go well together. this is a grower. yeah Project Creation are great, i just ordered it from their record labels website. the president of their record label actually is the one that has caused the Daily Upload to be shut down lol. since youre big on female vocals there's another band called Persephone’s Dream that you might like

LoUd3
January 15th 2008



37 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

The techo part in End Begins as someone else said is very unsexy placed, and really drags the song down. Else then that the album is really good.

BallsToTheWall
January 15th 2008



44164 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

Personally, I really liked the techno part. It was a suprise and then that blazing solo just erupts out of nowhere.This Message Edited On 02.01.08

Crimson
January 15th 2008



1935 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

The techno part was the best part of the album, only bit I remembered from the first listen.



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