Review: Deadlock – The Arsonist

Rated:

3/5

Germany’s Deadlock have got their goth/power/melodic death-lite sound nailed so hard it hurts: Despite new male vocals this time around, the listener is still left wishing they’d deviate from their path more often. Sure, they’ve spent years getting their pop polish down, and those soaring female-vocal-led choruses are picture-perfect, but when they mix it up, the pop sensibilities go even further. Case in point: When the guitars go dissonant and harsh in “Darkness Divine,” it makes the melodies soar even higher when they kick in. A solid album, but here’s hoping the band explores these powerful diversions more next time out. GREG PRATT

Check out “Dead City Sleepers” off The Arsonist below: