Deathflux – Execrated (Review)

DeathfluxDeathflux are a UK metal band and this is their debut album.

Deathflux play a heavy and aggressive brand of metal. Mixing influences from groove metal and the NWOAHM with some more contemporary deathcore ones, and adding in some quintessentially UK metal touches of their own for extra personality and flavour, Execrated is 34 minutes of rambunctious riffs and pummelling beatdowns.

The songs are chunky, beefy affairs, full of stop/start riffs, double bass, and belligerent attitude. This reminds me strongly of the type of thing that was so popular in the early 00s, only updated with a some more contemporary influences, as mentioned above. I really like that the band have a certain amount of technical flair to their music, especially in the guitar department; there are some blisteringly molten-metal solos spread out across this release, and I love me a good solo.

Featuring a dual vocal assault, the singers give a relentlessly violent performance, screaming, shouting, and growling their way across the tracks like their lives depend on it.

As debut albums go this puts Deathflux in quite a good position. There’s no doubting the band’s obvious passion, and there are some good songs on this release, but I can’t help but feel that the best is yet to come. Execrated is an enjoyably heavy wedge of metallic aggression, and with a few refinements here and there, their future output could be absolutely crushing. Ones to watch for sure.

For fans of bands such as Chimaira, Fear Factory, Thy Art Is Murder, Whitechapel, Lamb of God, etc.

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