Short though it is, the new EP by Hungary’s DEADNIGHT is enough to show off a flavour of what the band has to offer in the Death realm. What is a really solid aspect of the release for me is that the band manages to meld little fast tempo crushing sections with mainly a cool, slowed pace that doesn’t lose any of the weight of many more surging bands in the genre. A great example is “I Am The Jester” which slowly compresses with a firm grasp of chugging Death which then gives way in the middle to swiftness just in time to leave you headbanging nature that may bring on a desire for some medication later on.
Another engaging feature contained in “Foredoomed To Failure” is the bands proof that Melodic Death is no longer just the province of Swedish bands anymore. “Who’s Next?” with a subtle melodic structure is a song that would appeal to fans of “Dark Tranquillity” and the like. DEADNIGHT don’t loose any strength in the choice to wander through an underlying structure of tuneful guitars with even soloing added in for good measure.
I’d like to see DEADNIGHT get the opportunity to cut a full length album, as their brand of Melodic Death Metal appeals to me as it’s executed right, with a good balance of vigour and pleasing stanzas that would no doubt find many fans who don’t normally engage in the aural beauty that is Death Metal.
(Online August 5, 2007)