Chris Bissette of Deadthrone Interview and Album Review22nd August 2019 0 By Paul Flynn
It’s been like giving myself a second family, honestly. Benj and I have been doing this for nearly 8 years now, and James and Sam have been around for the majority of that time too. We’ve all grown together, we’ve been alongside each other through massive changes and life events, and that’s something that’s really important to me. My life has fallen apart a few times in the past 8 years, and this band has been the one constant throughout everything.
So its clear that DEADTHRONE mean business and want to make an impression. Well Premonitions is just the platform to showcase the band’s talents; a musical and literary statement of intent. Album opener Feel hints at their underlying penchant for EDM which remains functional throughout Premonitions despite their sharp riffs and juxtaposition of clean and growling vocals (courtesy of Bolton and Bissette respectively). Drums (Speight) and bass (Clough) are solid throughout and what strikes me about DEADTHRONE is their innate ability to create space to build and release tensions.
The souring vocals of Bolton take the song stratospheric in the chorus making this the perfect track to get things going. Runaway appears to echo the sentiment of the band in pursuing their dreams ‘Tonight is what we’ve always dreamed of, I can’t believe we’ve come this far, this is so surreal and this is just the start’, sung again with effervescent clarity. Revival is a much heavier affair displaying their true metal credentials with Bissette’s guttural growling paving the way once a again for Bolton’s souring EMO refrain.
The stand out track for me however is recent single Time Won’t Wait. Here the band prove once again their fierce obsession with ‘raise the roof’ stylings replete with an audacious chanting middle section. The album continues with this formula calling upon us to listen without prejudice as DEADTHRONE move between crushing metal and EDM influenced architecture. This is especially evident on Believe where some ardent Metalheads may scream to the sky in dissent.
But I am an ardent Metalhead and all I want to do is run out into the street and scream my head off in support of Premonitions. Because at last here are a band that are ready to fly the flag for Northwest metal. DEADTHRONE stand up with their contemporaries; they have hijacked the electronic dance movement and like Bring Me the Horizon, they are ready to stamp all over what has gone before. With Premonitions, DEADTHRONE are readying themselves to release something special. Consider this space watched.
4 Time Won’t
5 Wide Awake
7 Hearts In Our Hands
8 Stand Your Ground
12 Seven Years
23 August 2019
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I have been a music fan since I was about 10 years old but discovered Metal after hearing Maiden’s Somewhere in Time back in ’86. Since then I have been Metal mad, listening to Thrash, Death, Melodic and Extreme types. I can be found at venues in and around Liverpool and Manchester and do love a good pint. Hope you enjoy the reviews as much as I enjoy writing them.