Deadlock
The Arrival


4.0
excellent

Review

by EndlessClockwork USER (14 Reviews)
October 14th, 2008 | 16 replies | 6,132 views


Release Date: 2002 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Solid metal. How Deadlock all started.

Whether you are ever going to feel this warmth again which makes us human,
Create this bright new world.
Cure the cancer of progress with even more progress.
It is the necessary evil.


Deadlock has established itself as more or less a respectable act in the metal community, especially because of Sabine Weniger’s standout abilities as a prominent female vocalist in heavy music. Their Lifeforce debut with “Earth.Revolt” made quite the impression, which was only reinforced by the follow up with “Wolves.” As we wait for the release of their latest effort “Manifesto” in the following month, I will attempt to promote some preparation or revisitation, especially with their most overlooked full-length debut “The Arrival.” Weniger was not an official member of the band with this release, but this shows how appropriately complimentary she was in the beginning to merit a full-time position in the band. The other original band members also showcase their skills and the improvements they underwent.

The album commences with “Opening the Gates…” and it does just that; it serves as a synth heavy ethereal opener to the album, leading into the first audio pulverization that is “With a Smile on My Face.” The majority of Johannes Prem’s vocals are nowhere near as deep and guttural as you would find on their later efforts, but they are just as powerful. The guitar assault of Sebastian Reichl and Gert Rymen is very raw, majorly assisted by the hollow production quality. The destructive melodies range from heavy riffs and hooks, to driving chords, and quick fingerpicking and arpeggios. Underneath this, the synth plays very subtle accoutrements, adding euphonically to the sound albeit subconsciously to the listener. The song concludes with guitar feedback droning into a soothing synth chord that resonates in reminiscence to the opener.

The next track is an eleven minute behemoth entitled “Killing the Time with Haemoglobin.” The opening has guitar parts that sound much like they would belong in a Darkest Hour album. This is where Prem’s vocals soar. His screams of “you are so overwhelming” have a near-whiny aspect to it, seeping his desperation and emotive frustration through the mic. The synth contributes more heavily, but in the right moments, adding for pleasant variance…it is an eleven minute song after all. About eight minutes in, dynamics suddenly decrease and a single guitar plays a crooning riff as Prem engages in a raspy speak/whispering underlined by the crisp and steadfast beats of the toms and bass by Tobias Graf. Slight crescendos carry the break into a beautifully epic conclusion, accompanied by the ever-necessary synth, playing an orchestral buildup. Definitely one of the standouts of the album.

“Spring Awoken” marks the first guest appearance of Sabine Weniger’s beautiful voice in a very expressive and melodic track, acting almost as a (very slight) ease from the prior heaviness. An upbeat piano melody at an allegretto tempo starts the song while Reichl and Graf aid with subdued but driving accompaniment. Prem blasts through with his vocal devastation, until the reprise of the piano melody. Then Weniger comes in starting her recitation of lyrics with an ascending scale. Another highlight of the album.

There are many other memorable moments throughout the album. “Menschanhand” and “Lebe Wohl” features lyrics entirely in Deadlock’s native tongue of German. “Lebe Wohl” is an especially great song for its incredible instrumental execution, a beautiful Brian Eno-esque interlude, and some brief singing (word used loosely) by Prem. Prem engages in actual singing in a duet with Weniger in the short interlude “Prealudium,” which also features a nice but quick guitar solo. “This Winter Day’s Magic” features a great bass riff (entirely audible!) a little before the halfway point. Weniger makes her final appearance in the closer “…For the New Prophets.” The eight minute track slows into a slow and somber piano track as Weniger closes the album with her angelic voice.

There are many aspects to this album that have a vibe (especially instrumentally and atmospherically) similar to Underoath albums before the admittance of Spencer Chamberlain, namely “Acts of Depression” and “Cries of the Past.” Prem’s voice even sounds arguably like Dallas Taylor’s at moments, especially when he speaks, but indisputable is his shear force and presence. The guitars and drums are precise and well-executed, but not as technical as Deadlock would later become. The lyrics are definitely lacking, but it is something that the band would overcome in future releases. This album provides a look into Deadlock before full maturity, and improvements from hereon are expectedly unequivocal. Nevertheless, this album in itself is a solid metal release, sure to please fans beyond the confines of Deadlock enthusiasts.



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BallsToTheWall
October 14th 2008



44205 Comments


I like your style brother. Nice review, I still need to hear this considering i'm a huge Deadlock fan.

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fireaboveicebelow
October 14th 2008



6837 Comments


I didn't know this existed, I need this

it's not a bad review, but some parts seemed repetitive, so just go over your sentence structures, diction, etc. but other than that good job

Bleak123
October 14th 2008



1902 Comments


I have their most recent album and it's not bad at all, I may look into this.

BallsToTheWall
October 14th 2008



44205 Comments


I have a feeling Manifesto will sound a little rushed but I still have high hopes. If they can take Wolves and add a little variety to it, i'll be happy.

Pebster49
October 14th 2008



2991 Comments


sick can't wait for their new album

Slaytan
October 14th 2008



1186 Comments


I might check this out. I have Wolves and I'm not too impressed by it, but this sounds like it could be better.

EndlessClockwork
October 14th 2008



53 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I'm still pretty excited for Manifesto also...even though I did kind of have that same feeling, Balls.

Slaytan, if you're going more for the raw metal sound, I think you might prefer this album.

TNY
October 15th 2008



571 Comments


Weniger was not an official member of the band with this release


Sabine was not yet a regular member on Earth.Revolt, correct? Only on Wolves did she become a full-time member I believe.This Message Edited On 10.15.08

EndlessClockwork
October 15th 2008



53 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

^^Yeah, you're right (looked it up to make sure). She joined full-time in 2006 (a year after Earth.Revolt).This Message Edited On 10.15.08

TNY
October 15th 2008



571 Comments


K. Didn't mean to be a nit picker. I wasn't actually sure myself.

I love Sabine, but I think adding her in EVERY song like they did on Wolves and most likely on their upcoming album adds a bit of predictability to the way their songs play.

Kinda like how clean vocals mess up every All That Remains song.

EDIT: Sweet avatar by the way. For some reason mine refuses to appear. I am full of n00biocity.This Message Edited On 10.15.08

BallsToTheWall
October 15th 2008



44205 Comments


I completely agree with her being ruining the structure a little bit. I hope the next album will be a little more varied.

TNY
October 15th 2008



571 Comments


Agreed. And they JUST came out with Wolves. They need to take some time.


EndlessClockwork
October 16th 2008



53 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Agreed with both of you guys. As much as I'm excited for the new album, I can't help but feel like it'll be disappointing. I hope they completely surprise the **** out of us. And reiteration on "I love Sabine" haha. Her voice is great but she definitely does make songs predicable.

Haha and thanks TNY. It's one of my favorite movies (avatar). But I couldn't tell you how to get yours to appear. I'd be a noob on that too haha.This Message Edited On 10.16.08

BallsToTheWall
October 16th 2008



44205 Comments


10.000 Generations In Blood from Earth Revolt is a perfect example of how awesome Sabine is capable of being in Deadlock. Let's just hope they know what there doing and not fuck up like fellow countrymen, Fear My Thoughts.

TNY
October 16th 2008



571 Comments


Yeah, Fear my Thoughts fucked up pretty bad.

Willie
Moderator
November 4th 2013



15919 Comments

Album Rating: 3.2

Kind of reminds me of old At the Gates with just a bit of the later Deadlock sound.

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