After only forming in 2016, and with only one EP under their belt, you could be forgiven for mistaking Mancunian gothic metalcore crew Deadthrone for more established acts in their field.
The clue is not so subtly delivered on ‘Feel’, the first track on their debut album, ‘Premonitions’, which encompasses an electronic introduction followed by a combination of clean and harsh vocals from frontman, Chris Bissette. You could absolutely forgive yourself for thinking that this is a Motionless In White track as the comparisons are eerily similar.
‘Revival’ starts in a much heavier fashion, but soon transcends into another of those stereotypical clean vocal choruses. They’re so clearly trying to be in the leagues of bands such as Bury Tomorrow, and, while it’s not awful, it just isn’t up that level of standard. It’s a shame, as the ferocity during the verses is decent and creates a chilling atmosphere; however, that chorus could easily be compared to a Falling In Reverse b-side.
And so, it comes to be that most of this record is tarred by inconsistent moments intertwining between passages of atmospheric and anthemic metalcore. ‘Time Won’t Wait’ is incredibly uplifting and makes you want to stomp your feet to its rhythmic pulses, while the breakdown contained within ‘Wide Awake’ is enough to crumble bone, this coming either side of some good quality, melodic gang chants.
While there’s frustration evident from the clash in styles, the gothic slant added to the inherent heaviness of their more hardcore-edged material is decent. Benj Speight adds a raucous dynamic with his thundering drumming presence, and the production overall isn’t too bad.
Shave off their raw edges and be a bit more original, and there’s no reason to see why Deadthrone can’t make some sizable waves in the coming few years.
After getting into alternative music during the mid 90s with the rise of nu-metal and pop-punk, I’ve gradually spread my interests far and wide and have a real love for metalcore, prog metal and tech metal. Amongst other things, I am a husband, father of two amazing kids, heavy metal DJ, and video game/book/nerd enthusiast!