Immediately attention gripping and venomously intrusive, Point Zero Solution the new album from Swedish melodic death metallers Deals Death shows it is also an insidiously creative beast when it comes to persuasion. Whilst gnawing upon and chewing up the senses, the album works deceptively away beneath the tumultuous surface tempting and seducing thoughts and emotions into a full and lingering submission. It is a riveting confrontation from a band set to explode to even greater recognition within extreme metal.
Formed in a music college by guitarist Erik Jacobson with a couple of fellow students, the band moved through line-up changes before releasing their self-financed debut Internal Demons which was met with strongly positive reviews and responses. The band moved to Gothenburg as new members joined the band before recording second album, Elite in 2010. Linking up with Spinefarm Records the album was released in March 2012 again to great reactions, the video of the track Fortified released the previous year sparking eager anticipation for the album’s release. Live the band has also earned a big reputation with shows alongside the likes of Scar Symmetry, Hypocrisy, and Dark Tranquility, tours across Sweden, Finland, Japan and the UK, as well as numerous festival appearances such as at House Of Metal, Rockstad Falun, and Sweden Rock only increasing their presence and stock.
Point Zero Solution takes the band to another level, its potent and dramatic textures an intriguing and captivating distraction for the carnivorous intensity which drives forward the striking invention and malevolence. Themed by the destructive nature and progression which brings down the systems of nature and society, the album opens with its title track. Opening with a brooding and brewing soundscape rife with intimidation and drama, the song makes an impactful entrance, an apocalyptic introduction which only accelerates into a more formidable and menacing presence as rhythms and riffs start to rip down the remains of the once safe landscape. Caged and thrust forth by the excellent predacious rhythmic enticement of drummer Janne Jaloma and bassist Fredrik Ljung, the track explores its darkest streets and open thoughts of the listener, imagination sparked by the dark venomous temptation merged with smouldering and glowing guitar enterprise from Jacobson and Sebastian Myrén. Vocalist Olle Ekman is a grizzled toned lyrical conductor to it all, his malicious growls and squalls the perfect vehicle for spite and lost hope to drive.
The excellent start is followed by the impressive Facing The Echoes, a sultry dance of keys beckoning in the muscular intent and heart of the track whilst ensuring yet again appetite for the song is keenly awake. Creatively expressive within the tall walls of intensity and wrapped in melodramatic breath, the track like most on the album twists and turns within its imagination and invention, creating an unpredictable and captivating venture. The keys on the album are outstanding throughout and at times exceptional as here where it provides a contagious flame alongside the equally potent guitar narrative rich in sonic colour.
Escalation has a rapacious hunger to its attack and charge, riffs fired in a thrash kiln whilst the atmospheric sky of the song is symphonic/power metal in its suggestive descript. It is a seamless and fluid blend which has senses and limbs intensively involved whilst thoughts and emotions have an equally tempting canvas to explore their corners and limits too. Continuing the excellent start the track steps aside for two more pinnacles in firstly Flatline and the even greater Passion For Infinity. The first song is an epically honed expanse of rousing melodic craft whilst its successor again with a delicious key lead in takes the mind through a scenery of impending peril and chilling elegance, the keyboard invention stunningly effective and poignant building a union of destruction and radiance.
The likes of the caustically elegant classic metal teasing The Separation and especially the scintillating predation Paramount Authority grip tightly to the plateaus set and passion ignited whilst Dark Dream Dawn with its climactic intensity and fervency within an irresistible and brilliantly crafted blaze of melodic ingenuity climbs another to another level of excellence.
Every track on Point Zero Solution provides an enthralling and generally breath-taking furnace of blood soaked, sweat dripping quality and toil, the closing Author Of Arts providing a last ravenous fury to devour greedily. Pushing boundaries whilst still openly within existing limits, Deals Death has created an invigorating annihilatory triumph which declares the band as a real force of the future.
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