Album Review: Deliverance — The Subversive Kind

Deliverance

Have you heard the news? Deliverance is BACK!

Fans of the first three Deliverance albums, get ready to rejoice! Eight steaming new tracks will be coming your way soon. This is the Deliverance album I’ve been waiting for since I wore out my What a Joke cassette.

I never have been a huge thrash/speed metal fan (as a matter of fact, the first three deliverance records are the only albums of that genre I own), but I fell for Deliverance the very first time I heard them. That probably had to do with their similarities to Metallica, one of the few bands of this style I had heard by that point in time. But I digress.

Let’s jump right in!

The disc opens with Bring ‘Em Downa song that immediately reminds me of the What a Joke era, particularly vocally. A solid tune to open this amazing effort.

Next, we have Concept of the Other. Once again, I’m reminded of the What a Joke album. There’s a real Pseudo Intellectual vibe here. But this isn’t a redo or a cheap refresh, it’s an all-new, solid Big D track!

Center of it All brings even more speed metal goodness. A real homage to the debut album’s sound — but I hear elements of Weapons and What a Joke, too. Another great song!

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The album really begins to shine with The Black Hand. This is simply thrashy, speed-metally, awesomeness! It takes me back to what seems like a long-lost Weapons of Our Warfare Valhalla. I just want to soak in it like a perfectly prepared hot tub.

Epilogue is a mid-paced, chunky juggernaut reminiscent of the Stay of Execution era. Another solid tune that’s sure to please fans of the first four albums.

We then arrive at Listen Closely, yet another killer tune to pull you back into the D glory days. I get a WaJ meets SoE feel from it — how can you go wrong with that?

And then there’s The Subversive Kind — in my opinion, the crowning jewel of this record. Talk about pure Deliverance HEAVEN! This track is planted firmly in Self-Titled and Weapons territory, but somehow sounds very fresh. The vocals stay in the WaJ-meets-SoE lane, but that’s not a bad thing. You’ll love this tune, I promise!

The Fold closes out this excellent album — and with style. I don’t know what to say but that it’s yet another great track! Straight speed metal fantasticness.

All in all, this is an incredible record. It takes a lot to impress me — task accomplished. Jimmy and the boys have delivered (see what I did there?) the first authentic-feeling Deliverance album since the 1990’s. If you’re a fan of the first three albums, you’re going to want to jump out of your seat for this one! It really IS that fantastic!

Look for it in early 2018 from Roxx Records.

Score: 9.5/10

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Metal Horizons

It’s been way too long since I last posted. I guess I’ve been letting everyday life get the best of me. What to talk about?

I’m a bit frustrated that there seems to be a drought in new Christian metal albums. The last one to come out that I was interested in was the latest from Narnia. Before that it was Venom by Impellitteri. And before that, Empire 21’s debut offering.

Am I just too picky or is the drought real? I love killer Christian power metal and even some prog once in a while. Looks like the main things to look forward to in the next year are a new disc from Impellitteri and a solo album from the great Lance King (not a Christian album, just some excellent ‘positive’ metal). If I’m lucky (I don’t believe in luck, but…), maybe there will be a new Narnia album by the end of 2018 (probably more like 2019).

There’s a new Deliverance album coming out this year, but I’ve never been a huge thrash fan. OH! I think there’s a new Worldview coming out this year. That should be good.

Maybe I need to broaden my horizons? As many people know, I have very high standards (aka, metal snobbery). It’s not easy to impress me. But, feel free to turn me on to some other GREAT Christian metal bands that I haven’t mentioned.

Looking forward to your suggestions! Until next time, KEEP IT METAL!

Bad Demo Tapes

Not long after I became a Christian in 1985, I began visiting Christian bookstores in search of new Christian metal bands. At least once a month I’d stroll in and see if anything new had been released. One cool thing about those Christian bookstores was that they had demo copies of all the music so you could take a listen before you bought it.

I remember that, more often than not, I was very disappointed in what I heard. There were a lot of just plain bad metal bands in the Christian scene. It got to the point of being very discouraging. Needless to say, I didn’t make many purchases.

Around that time, I remember reading an article about these bands in CCM magazine. The author very brilliantly pointed out that many of these Christian metal bands sounded like, “…bad demo tapes of their secular counterparts.”, referring to the fact that a ton of Christian metal bands sounded like (or were trying to sound like) popular secular bands. Most of the time, it just didn’t work.

Thankfully, John and Dino Elefante helped keep a lot of bands out of that category with their excellent production skills.

Always listen before you buy.