Death Inquisition – 918 (2012)

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Death Inquisition are a fun band, and they make some competent thrash that has a feel of its own. What I like about this band, is that they don’t sound “modern” at all (see: Evile, Lazarus AD and their ilk) and they don’t sound too “retro” either, the way most other contemporary thrash bands sound. If I was to pinpoint their exact sound, it would lie somewhere in between Possessed and D.R.I. or Sodom and Crumbsuckers. It’s basically old school late 80’s extreme thrash with a healthy dose of late 80’s crossover injected into the bloodstream.

Despite carving out an individual sound for themselves, the band does not attempt to push any boundaries in terms of song structure and riff selection, preferring to craft songs that do their primary purpose to the point of perfection – the function being to induce front row headbanging and a maniacal circle pit. There’s even some Hardcore style mosh moments here, for those who like to throw some punches.

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The 4 tracks follow seemingly similar patterns. The riff and vocal combination is quite catchy; demonic riffs are employed with the lyrics having a tendency to repeat a lot. However, to the band’s credit and the benefit of anyone catching this band live, that aspect ends up creates a ‘sing-along’ feel similar to a lot of hardcore bands. Another hardcore aspect of the music is their slower mosh parts, but they still feel quite ‘metal’ due to the riff selection, and the constant attack of the solos. This, along with the lengthy nature of the compositions, keeps bringing the band back into the metal zone despite its flirtations with the hardcore side. Rhythm section is tight, as it should be, the drummer providing some interesting fills in the more monotonous parts of the music to keep the track going, but my favorite part of the overall package of the music is the vocals. Special praise needs to be reserved for the vocalist. He has a unique raspy voice and is brilliant with both the lows and the high pitched parts.

Production can be best described with one word. Savage. And the savage aspect of the production makes the already barbaric music even more flesh-severing. It’s not some fancy job with clear-cut drums, nondescripit bass and industry standard guitars. Nope. It has personality, despite the rawness, and in this genre of Thrash Metal where more and more bands lose their personality the second they step in the studio, it’s a breath of fresh air. My only gripe is that the snare seems a bit too pushed back for my liking, but like I said it’s still tasteful. The razor sharp guitar sound is just addictive!

Anyway, this isn’t something you’ll be listening to often. But when you do, you’ll be thoroughly satisfied. Recommended to fans of Thrash Metal, as well as Hardcore Punk fans who like to hear some evil fucking metal.

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Death Inquisition changed their name to Dead Beat, you can read our review of their demo here.

– Hassan Dozakhi

Dead Beat – S/T Demo (2013)

Dead Beat previously went by the name of Death Inquisition and played thrash metal.

Dead Beat previously went by the name of Death Inquisition and played thrash metal. They then changed their name to signal a change of sound.

 

When you think of a Dead Beat, what comes to mind? Being a really shitty father figure, perhaps. Or maybe a musical note that didn’t do its job very well and had to be put down. If you said “NO!” to both of those possible explanations, let me introduce you to another meaning of Dead Beat.

 

Dead Beat is a metallic hardcore band hailing from Tulsa, Oklahoma, United States of America. Before you scoff at the hardcore tag, don’t be an elitist conformist and pass them off as a stereotypical chug-core hardcore band. This demo might only a lightweight three-track in length, but it packs a serious punch…enough force to push you through a brick wall.

 

My favorite part of this demo is the guitar work. The tone offers a heavy vibe that is fitting to the rank of hardcore bands, which is pleasing. But what keeps you really listening to each song over and over is the melodic edge that August Harper applies to his guitar riffs. It makes each track creative and pleasant, while still having that heavy edge. His technique took something that could have been simplistic and repetitive and turned it into something very memorable.

 

Aside from the crazy cool melodic touch, Dead Beat offers a heavy jam session in a short amount of time. There are plenty of breakdown sections that make you want to get up and move. Though there may be a few of these sections in the demo, they move at a good pace and don’t get old for the listener. Another nice touch is the abrasive vocals of Brandon Fitzgerald. There’s nothing pretty about his vocal style, which isn’t an insult. His screaming sounds angry and fierce, which gives Dead Beat that “I’m going to beat you to a pulp” hardcore sound. And lastly, when you throw in the technical drum patterns and blasting sections, drummer Chris Peters really drives the music home.

 

My last shout-out goes to the track “Leviathan”. Man, does that bass introduction really kick some ass. You’ll find the distortion to sound like something out of a sludge band, but it’s matched with a punk feel. That’s definitely a moment that gets a few rewinds in this release. Kudos to August Harper, who happened to also lay down bass tracks on this album (bassist Cameron Carrell was unable to attend the recording session).

 

If you’re looking to get into hardcore, or you’re a hardcore veteran, this is something for you to add to your collection. For only being three songs, this demo MOVES. Drop by their bandcamp and invest, you will not be disappointed.

 

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pictured above: August Harper (guitar), Chris Peters (drums), Cameron Carrell (ex-bass guitar, helped write bass lines on this release). Not shown in picture, Brandon Fitzgerald (vocals)

 

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– Matt Dorr