Throwdown
Deathless


2.5
average

Review

by Hunter Ramirez USER (39 Reviews)
March 28th, 2010 | 16 replies


Release Date: 2009 | Tracklist

Review Summary: The time was 3:18 AM...I'm sorry, but we just couldn't save their careers. The cause of death.....was DEATHLESS.

Throwdown has never been the most inventive, groundbreaking band, but they have always managed to deliver competent, yet fun releases while at the same time developing their sound. “Haymaker” was a straight-up hardcore album with tons of angst and anger to spare. Then “Vendetta” hit the selves showing the band’s newfound acceptance of metal, with a heavy metallic hardcore sound that could also easily pass for metalcore, but then “Venom & Tears “arrived and showed them throwing away every bit of their once hardcore sound for complete Pantera-worship, while nothing groundbreaking and did copy Pantera they managed to do a good job at it, and kept the ball rolling. As you can see Throwdown has never been a band to release the same record twice, so many wondered what direction the band would take, and I don’t think you could be anymore disappointed.

I hate to use the term “sell-out” because in some cases the band just decides for a more melodic approach to things, or trying something different that happens to be more accessible…this isn’t the case however. The band has added unnecessary cleans to their sound, they’re not bad by any means as they sound very similar to Godsmack’s Sully Erna, and his screams and yell still have that Phil Anselmo likeness to them. However the band seems to have taken cue from Bury Your Dead’s “It’s Nothing Personal” and adopted the whole “harsh verse, and then a clean chorus, throw in a breakdown or two” songwriting style, and it gets very tiresome to listen to towards the end of the album, well….at least the song titles are kinda cool.

The first track “The Scythe” sounds pretty much like the Throwdown we’re all used to listening to, but not too far into it and things seem to change. The heavy groove riff, that intrigued me disappeared, and the clean almost Mudvayne-esque chorus ensues. “The Blinding Light” sounds basically like Mudvayne trying to cover Down and while it shows that they are trying new things with this new direction, it just simply brings boredom. “Widowed” is actually one of the finer songs on the album, it’s a bit of a grower, but still a well executed balled from a band that would normally never even touch the word. “Headed South” sounds however dangerously close to Godsmack in a lot ways while still retaining their Pantera swagger, but the chorus is deliciously catchy. “Black Vatican“ is one of the more prominent songs on the album because the singer has shown improvement in his vocals as his screams hit harder then they have on more then most of the other songs on the album. “Burial at Sea” introduces some typical metalcore guitars into their newfound sound with several parts sounds similar to a Killswitch riff.

In my entire life I’ve rarely encountered albums I can summarize so easily. The new Throwdown we have here is basically this.

Pantera = Venom & Tears
Mudvayne + Godsmack + Pantera = Deathless

If that appeals to you, then this album is for you, but for everyone else wanting a meatier, more original sound with more personality then you know where to find them.

Recommended Songs-
Widowed
Black Vatican
Burial at Sea

Songs to Skip-
This Continuum
The Blinding Light
Pyre



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Comments:Add a Comment 
ThePalestMexican
March 28th 2010


2816 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5 | Sound Off

Constructive criticism is always welcome!

natey
March 28th 2010


4170 Comments


what a great band name! i did that with my friend this night

natey
March 28th 2010


4170 Comments


as for criticism: i'm not a fan of "recommended/skippable tracks". they make me not care to read the review and feel like you don't have a firm opinion just are narrating an experience

ThePalestMexican
March 28th 2010


2816 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5 | Sound Off

Well I've been told to do that, and I've been told not to, I guess it's just for people who don't like to read.

natey
March 28th 2010


4170 Comments


WORD om nom nom nom nmo

ThePalestMexican
March 28th 2010


2816 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5 | Sound Off

You high dude?

IRAI
March 28th 2010


1567 Comments


i was told to avoid this a while back. i still am going to.

Haymaker was a big deal though.

bloozclooz
March 28th 2010


1770 Comments


to deliver competent, yet fun releases

yet is a transition word used to present two conflicting opinions/fact:

the island was pretty, yet i still had a bad feeling



Killler9
March 28th 2010


147 Comments


Good review, good luck on re-writing some of your older ones.

asaf
March 28th 2010


885 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

this is crap... haven't bothered with these guys after haymaker.

bloc
March 28th 2010


34873 Comments


Album is worthy of album rating

ThePalestMexican
March 28th 2010


2816 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5 | Sound Off

I've re-written Bury Your Dead, and Emmure.
Still to get around to MC Frontalot, and Straight Line Stitch.

McDiggitz
March 28th 2010


76 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5 | Sound Off

This album was let-down city man. Totally agree. I actually loved Venom and Tears, didn't mind the fact that they went more metal and a little more mainstream. They at least tore it up, had energy. This is bland as generic bran flakes. Nothing hooks you in. Nothing hits you in the gut. It's just lackluster as possible.

EnricoPalazzo
March 28th 2010


626 Comments


They shoulda stuck with the Pantera sound. Though I'll probably dig this.

Plutonio
March 28th 2010


474 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

Then “Vendetta” hit the selves showing the band’s newfound acceptance of metal, with a heavy metallic hardcore sound that could also easily pass for metalcore, but then “Venom & Tears “arrived and showed them throwing away every bit of their once hardcore sound for complete Pantera-worship, while nothing groundbreaking and did copy Pantera they managed to do a good job at it, and kept the ball rolling.

I beg of you to fix this.

Spec
February 10th 2012


27179 Comments


This is boring.



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