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 Down, a 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!
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.