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Throwdown - Deathless [Album]

Throwdown - Deathless [Album]

Nuclear Blast

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Last Edited by: Chris MUG5 Maguire March 13th, 2010.

Throwdown was spawned in Orange County, California. They emerged from the burgeoning metal / hardcore scene that gave birth to Atreyu, Avenged Sevenfold, As I lay Dying, Bleeding Through and Eighteen Visions so they were born into good company. Dave Peters, vocalist with Throwdown played guitar in Eighteen Visions in the early days (pre Vanity), and also played in Eighteen Visions offshoot band Bleeding Through before forming the 3rd generation band Throwdown of which he has remained vocalist ever since.

Throwdown started life as a pretty brutal, rough around the edges, hardcore band and muscular riffs, brutal beatdowns and vocals that could strip the paint off your walls were the bands trademark. As Throwdown have progressed and matured they have refined their sound and added little flourishes without managing to sell out or become to far removed from the sound that made them famous.

"Deathless", the bands 6th full length album sees Throwdown really grasp a handle on their sound. This album shows the natural progression the band have made over the last few years and is a worthy follow on from 2007's "Venom and Tears". Upon listening to "Deathless" one thing became apparent and that is just how much Throwdown sound like Pantera now. This album could have easily been released at any point during Pantera's lengthy career. Especially the vocals of Dave Peters who has definetly graduated the Phil Anselmo school of vocals and received the highest honours.

Now that's not to say that Throwdown simply become a Pantera tribute act, there are still plenty of elements in there that remain true to the Throwdown sound and keep things fresh. But, there is now a grove and sense of structure to their sound that was lacking in some of they’re earlier, more raw work. The approach this time out seems to be more focused on melding well structured dynamics with crushing brutality. There's even an acoustic moment on 'Widowed' which is really haunting and wouldn't sound out of place on an Alice in Chains album.

Unflinching, uncompromising and about as subtle as a sledgehammer to the face. "Deathless" is a landmark album in Throwdown's career. One that shows a band at the height of its powers and that is fully in command of its own destiny. "Deathless" is an apt title because I'm not sure if there is anyone, or anything out there that will be able to stop Throwdown.

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