Released: 2009, Mediaskare Records
Reviewer: Mr. Rock
With nine songs clocking in at just over 25 minutes, you know that the guys in The Miles Between are not wasting any time with DECEIVER. It’s hardcore and it’s to the point. There is very little variety to be found between the songs, and they sometimes meld together, which makes the listening experience seem very short.
Vocalist Chris hits the listener over the head with his Meshuggah-like vocals. Sometimes however, it comes across like shouting. It’s intense and aggressive for sure, but after a few songs, it can be a little much. Guitarists Mike and John are a tight unit, with Matt and Adam holding down the bottom end with style.
Though DECEIVER doesn’t offer a lot of variety, it does have some wonderfully creative and highly descriptive song titles (“Seawater Vomit”, “Piece, Piss + The Coolest Prick Of All Time”, and “Creepy Man Show”). And even though the titles are quite something, I do find there is a sameness found in each song. Yes, this is the band’s style, but a little more variety might needed to attract more of an audience.
One thing I do have an issue with is the CD booklet. It’s rather hard to read, and this makes me ask the question “what good does this do?” If you are going to go to the bother of adding your lyrics, it really does make sense to make them legible… doesn’t it?
The Miles Between have created a pretty good disc with DECEIVER, and if you are into the hard-core music of bands like Hatebreed, then it’s worth checking out. If it’s not your favorite genre, and it’s not mine, then it might become a little tiresome, even after only the 25 minutes found on the disc. For those who are into it, DECEIVER delivers.