Dead End/New Deal
Style: Modern neo-thrash/metalcore
Release date: 27 August, 2012
Playing time: 54:58

Seven years after their debut album 'Global Crisis' this Danish band releases their next. They really try to be different from a lot of bands in the modern thrash/metal core scene. A little country influence here, a progressive element there and even a few rock/pop elements. Nothing wrong with that, but in general the songs are not special enough. There are too many bands that write better songs, it all sounds too average.

Take for example the combination of the harsh vocals with the clean ones. A phenomenon that has been done by so many modern metal bands now that if you choose to do that, you really need to have a good singer. Bo Larsen: his harsh singing isn't bad, but the clean ones, a kind of fragile emo style of singing misses the point completely. There are more bands with quite a good aggressive vocalist, but not every singer has good clean vocals also. They really have to search for a guest singer for the next album.

The first track starts with nice promising staccato riffs, but after a few tracks I loose my attention. The neo-thrash based metal core music is rather average and I heard it better from other bands before. That is a pity because I really think that there is potential.

After listening to the entire album I have to conclude that Aloop is an average band with influences of Raunchy, Five Finger Death Punch and even a bit Alice in Chains, but in the end it isn't more than one of the many neo-thrash metalcore bands. Due to the production skills of Jacob Hansen the album has a good sound and that saves them (a little bit).


01. Deception
02. Automation
03. Point of no Return
04. Plot to Kill
05. Chemical Kiss
06. Django
07. Sudden Death
08. Masquerade
09. Falling
10. Brave New World
11. Hell On Earth 2 part 1
12. Hell On Earth 2 part 2

Label: Mighty Music
Distribution: Target (Denmark)
Reviewed by: Reinier de Vries
Date: 27 August, 2012