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June 2017
Released: 2017, Killer Metal
Rating: 3.5/5
Reviewer: John Haseltine

This month here at Metal-Rules, I was given the opportunity to spotlight the German metal label, Killer Metal Records. Ran by Jens Hafner, Killer Metal Records prides itself on bringing to the surface the more traditional sounding metal bands of old. Not too old though. More so the stylings of the ‘80s and ‘90s while still sounding relevant in today’s world of metal. Not one genre or sub-genre is left out in the cold with Killer Metal Records as it seems that if they like the band, they sign the band. Which by any account is a good way to build a solid label for the fans while not straying off with the more mainstream ‘cash grab’ sounding bands many labels add to their rosters. With that being said, I hope you enjoy the review below of one of the four bands I was summoned to review. My main complaint with this little assignment this month is there was only enough time to listen to four of the many talented bands Killer Metal Records has to offer.

Dethonator are no strangers to the U.K. metal scene. They have been tearing things up over there for many years now. I believe since 2010. They have a couple of independent releases under their belt with this album actually being a partially rerecorded / reissue of their debut album. From what I could gather, with the signing to Killer Metal Records, and a slight line-up change, the band decided to do a redo of their self-titled album. DETHONATOR is actually a pretty decent listen. Now depending on your metal allegiance, some may beg to differ. Without listening to any previous material or the previous version of this release, all I can say is that this is a good listen that travels many roads. Dethonatior’s sound pulls in influences from the likes of Iron Maiden, Iced Earth, Slayer, Metallica, and Amon Amarth without sounding close to any of them. Sonically they are more like a melodic metal with thrashy overtones and a touch of prog in the mix. Somewhat like the more alternative, Hot Topic style metal bands that were flooding the genre for a while some years back. Don’t take that the wrong way as it is not meant to be bad when said that way.

There is plenty of talent within the band and this release. Many of the clean vocals are a bit over the top (again in a good way) that tend to leave a memorable impression on the listener. There is a mix of death metal style growls here and there that at times seem out of place. At least they are few and far between. Musically, all the songs are very well done. Once again, to me they tend to have a style which leans towards the Hot Topic bands.

So I think whatever ‘genre’ is your forte in the world of metal, Dethonator is likely to have a moment or two on this release that will appeal to your senses. They are not overly heavy throughout, not too much on the light side. Dethonator offer a blend of up-tempo metal that chugs along at a pretty consistent pace. Fans of Bullet for My Valentine, Theocracy, The Black Maria, and Pyogenisis will enjoy this release. As well as a vast majority of metal heads out there.
Track Listing

1. Wreckers
2. Harbinger
3. I am Thunder God
4. Many Have Fallen
5. Shadows
6. Dethonator
7. Morbid Skies
8. Massive Demonic Killing Spree
9. In the Place of the Skull


Adz Lineker - Bass, Vocals
Henry Brooks - Guitar
Tris Lineker - Lead Vocals
Johnny Mo – Drums



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