Released by: SMG (Sweden Music Group)
Release Date: October 2nd, 2015
Genre: Pure Ripping Heavy Metal!!!
Sean Peck – Vocals
Stu Marshall – Guitar
Ross the Boss – Guitar
Mike Davis – Bass
Steve Bolognese – Drums
‘HALLOWED GROUND’ TRACKLISTING:
2. Break the Silence
3. Plan of Attack
5. Llega El Diablo
6. The Way of the Gun
8. I am the Revolution
9. Total Devastation
10. The Anthem
11. Corruption of Blood
12. Skull and Cross Bones
When I heard that Death Dealer was coming out with a new album I was beyond pumped! Their debut War Master was absolutely brilliant, and one of my favorite albums that year for sure. So many bands wind up plagued by the sophomore curse, even bands of the caliber of talent as Death Dealer, so I went in, as I do with most second releases, prepared to either hate it or at least come out saying, “It’s good, but not as good.” There’s no shame in admitting that after a strong first release not having the goods to top it. Look at Guns and Roses, they have been chasing that next great album since Appetite For Destruction and haven’t come close yet. Then again, Death Dealer isn’t Guns and Roses, and that is a good thing for them (though I would imagine the fame and money aspect of GNR would be greatly appreciated by the guys in DD.)
Hallowed Ground is not only as good as their debut, it trounces it. Since the band already contains some amazingly talented and well-seasoned performers, what they have managed to do was take a near perfect beginning and build on the chemistry and really focus on writing better songs. I’m not sure what they have done other than tour to make themselves improve even more, but whatever it was they need to keep at it. Truly, Death Dealer is one of the best new metal bands out there right now, and it’s little wonder as they have taken all they have learned from working with their past bands like Manowar, The Dictators, Cage, Lizzy Borden, Into Eternity, and Empire or Ashes, to name a few, and create yet another heavy metal masterpiece that takes the classic metal sound, making it heavier, and delivering another album of top notch music. Songs like “Corruption of Blood,” “Break the Silence,” “I Am the Revolution,” and “Total Devastation” are the highlights of a pretty stunning album all around.
The brilliant vocals of Stu Peck alone are worth the price of the album, but when you also have the incredible guitar work of Ross The Boss Friedman and Stu Marshall, the bass prowess of Mike Davis, and the supreme drum talents of Steve Bolognese you have a sure bet that your ears are going to get treated to some of the best metal music ever.
This is the one to beat folks. Death Dealer have set the bar high in the metal world with their new album Hallowed Ground. It’s going to have to take a pretty amazing album to knock this one off my best of list this year. I will never question Death Dealer being able to top another album again. With talent this massive, how can they not? I give it 10 out of 10.
Written by Chris Martin
Ratings Chris 10/10
Official Press Release
Featuring members that have previously played with the likes of Manowar, the Dictators, Rob Halford, Lizzy Borden and Cage, Death Dealer are a true heavy metal force to be reckoned with, and ‘Hallowed Ground’ certainly proves this.
The follow-up to their over-the-top debut, ‘Warmaster,’ features Sean Peck, guitarists Ross the Boss and Stu Marshall, bassist Mike Davis, and drummer Steve Bolgnese, and as always, Death Dealer is setting out to convert the metal masses to their brand of manly metal.
The 13-track CD was mixed and mastered by Stu Marshall at Frontier Studios in Sydney, Australia, and contains massively epic orchestrations, speed metal anthems, and sing along headbangers, as well.
Fresh off a summer European tour, Death Dealer are primed to rock the world with their killer new album. Get ready to be rocked!
“‘Hallowed Ground’ satisfies from start to finish…it is what metal should sound like!” –Ross The Boss