Here we have 20 minutes of metalcore/groove metal, with a healthy amount of aggression.
Bands like Lamb of God and Devildriver are your initial reference points for Deified’s brand of thuggery, and I can easily imagine the songs on Inhuman Manifesto going down very well live. This is music created to get the circle pits moving.
Apart from the singer of Lamb of God, the vocalist of Deified also reminds me of a deeper version of the singer from Graveyard Rodeo. Admittedly, this is probably a reference that’s a little obscure for most, but if you cross the singers of Graveyard Rodeo and Lamb of God, you wouldn’t be too far away from what Deified’s vocals sound like.
Anyway, musically we’re very much in the muscular, NWOAHM territory, only with some added Iron Maiden in some of the leads, and a touch of Arch Enemy in some of the riffs.
Is it original? No. Is it enjoyable? Yes. Besides, originality is overrated. The ratio of original bands to the rest is very, very small, and it couldn’t really be any other way. Good music is good music, although of course that’s incredible subjective in the first place.
I feel like I’ve rambled a lot in this review. Essentially, Deified have enough musical balls to kick you in yours. They do what they do very well indeed, and Inhuman Manifesto provides a satisfying hit of groovy metalcore violence.
Check it out.