Chrome Leaf 2007
These Ohio based metallers certainly are an eclectic bunch. On the second full-length album from Deadsea there is a wide variety of sounds colliding together from melodic galloping riffage to groove heavy death metal all the way into fields of epic power metal replete with clean vocals. Album opener Northwitch embodies all these qualities within its progressive walls. Insane melodic solos freefall against a backdrop of dancing cymbal work. Up next is the faster paced Coming Home with its rumbling double bass and Adam’s gruff throatage. The track closes out with some groovy thrash riffing. Violent and cacophonous thrashing mayhem no unlike Reign in Blood era Slayer begins Killing Faith. It quickly evolves into a metallic breakdown that one might expect from say…Mastodon. Up next is the repetitive musings of the hateful thrash-punk track, Assault. Deadsea does a massive gear change for the latter half of Vampyre’s Kiss. The composition’s initial stages are vicious death metal brutality with layered vocals. However those passages are lulled into slumber with breezy art-rock. More airy rock passages consume much of the 16+ minute epic Frozen River. Creating a melancholic mood through thick, dirty guitar riffs which are overlaid by Adam’s towering voice, Deadsea paint an epic vision across desolate looming mountains and calm lakes with sun glinting off the rippling water. Adam Smith possesses an enormous amount of range on that throat of his. From deep guttural death vocals to a crystalline clean soaring voice. Deadsea’s debut album is uneven at points and with its constantly shifting styles can be hard to pin down and get into on an immediate level. Though in some ways this serves to add depth to the album and keep it from becoming stale, however this also makes it difficult for repeat listens. However this album will never be viewed as uninteresting as these skilled musicians delve into realms of contrasting violence and solemn contemplation.