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Deathkiller
New England Is Sinking
I Scream Records


Funny how well-balanced can also mean teetering on the edge. Matt McIntosh's screaming punctures through his singing voice in shards, and singing bleeds into his screaming. He's got that tenuous balance that just makes the vocals audible within the rage. Likewise, the Deathkiller sound sits precariously between metal and hardcore in a Helmet no man's land. Striking an accord with both camps that involves no compromise, three solid musicians crank out heavy, sensible, mostly mid-tempo anti-war aggression.

No searing guitars, but massive crunch and ringing. Awesome clacking, farting bass from Chrissy Chiaramonte and running-man drums from former Hatebreed member Anthony Realbuto. Deathkiller manages to sound fresh and exciting through nods to Rage Against The Machine on "Fear & Loathing", Bad Religion on the title track and Prong on "Let The Good Times Fold." Throw out your screamo and nu-metal, here's something of substance.

-Ewan Wadharmi


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