Reviews Deadly Reign Slave

Deadly Reign

Slave

Deadly Reign is a three-piece punk unit based in Austin, TX. They are a fairly new band (not to be confused with the ‘80s Cali band of the same name) but play with the skill and poise of a veteran group. And not surprisingly so, as they are comprised of members of crust luminaries like World Burns to Death, Scarred For Life, Kontraklase, Kegcharge,and Century Of War. They play a Portland-by-way-of-Scandinavia strain of D-beat. Slave is their new 7” and the fifth selection from the Profane Existence Limited Edition Single Series. 


The three songs here—“Employment of Slaves”, “Suffer" and "Sinister Minds”—are tonally deep, entrenched in modern-day crust, and very well-produced. The drums on this EP are awesome; driving and fervent. Meanwhile the bass and guitars are so slick that they come across a little too deliberate at times. Especially for a genre that is transmitted best with an air of hasty abandoned. This isn’t on the chaotic noise end of the D-beat spectrum like, say Nö Pöwer or Mauser. Rather it’s very clean and polished, in the “epic” style typical of acts like Wolfbrigade or Passiv Dödshjälp. 


As to be expected, there is a heavy sociopolitical aspect in the lyrics and imagery. The lyrics center on topics such as worker’s rights and system injustice. The cover work shows a pair of hands chained together set against an aerial view of industrious smokestacks and a power plant-like compound. The vinyl comes in four different colors—blue, white, clear, and regular old black. Although I probably wouldn’t have sought this out on my own, I am still pleasantly surprised. It’s a pretty solid release and an excellent inclusion in what has already been a fairly eclectic PE single series.

7.0 / 10Nathan G. O'Brien
Advertisement
KFAI - Roar of the Underground
Leave a comment

7.0 / 10

7.0 / 10

Share this content
Advertisement
KFAI - Root Of All Evil
Recent reviews

Pandemix

In Condemnation

8.9 / 10 Pandemix  - In Condemnation album cover

Pandemix are new to me, and they’re difficult to sum up in just a few words. That’s a complement. It’s punk by genre, but a few subgenre adjectives aren’t going ...

Cliff and Ivy

American Saints

4.5 / 10 Cliff and Ivy - American Saints album cover

Every now and then I come home from the supermarket and think to myself, while unpacking: I should not have gone there while being hungry. It is empirically proven that ...

Spirit Adrift

Divided By Darkness

9.0 / 10 Spirit Adrift - Divided By Darkness album cover

Spirit Adrift may have only been a band for five years or so, yet their output has been consistent (Divided by Darkness is their third full length since 2016) and it’s ...

Related news

Records SPB exclusive stream: Profane Existence - Single Series Mixtape

Posted April 10, 2013, 8:48 p.m.

For our April exclusive stream, Scene Point Blank is proud to team up with Profane Existence to present the Singles Series mixtape, featuring 6 tracks from the Jan-June singles in ...

x

Logo

Looking for the SPB logo? You can download it in a range of styles and colours here:

Click anywhere outside this dialog to close it, or press escape.