Review by JD on August 11, 2013.
I thought I was seeing things and seeing an old Canadian metal act coming back after all these years – sadly that was not the case here, and oddly it was good as well. It was not my fellow countrymen, but a Power Metal act with metal legends filling the roster. The incomparable guitarists Ross the Boss and Stu Marshall, power voiced Sean Peck, earthquake timekeeper Rhino and Bass rumbler Mike Davis
To say that this is a supergroup is 100% correct for that assumption, but it is much more when you dive into it. What you have here is five of the best metal musicians that came together and put out a record together with so much experience and fire that a CD cannot hold. This alone should make the most jaded of metalheads among our global ranks drool and have the urge to mosh. With musicianship at an elite level, passion and a want of making people take note – these gods have succeeded.
The highlights were many, and choosing what to write about almost impossible, each song crafted to perfection – showcasing not just Power Metal, but so many influences from different metal sub genres to even strains of Crossover. Packaged up into one band, Death Dealer comes across as so good that many albums from other bands seem to pale in the comparison. How can you not this good – the line-up is like stacking the deck in poker, no one can compete. Listen to the song 'Never To Kneel'… you’ll see what I mean.
Supergroup or not… does not matter. Death Dealer is metal personified, and needs to be heard. Metal has their super team and they are here to fly the flag of metal high and fuckin' proud. All we have to do is to simply listen to it. Crack a cold one metal brothers and sisters - sit back, crank the stereo to ten with this album and enjoy. It can’t get any better than that.
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Rating: 9.6 out of 10