Project Archinves: Race Against The Sun (Part I) | Dethonator
Artist / Band Name- Dethonator
Based In-London, England (UK)
Project Name- Race Against The Sun (Part I)
Project Type- LP
# of Songs –10
Tris Lineker – Vocals | Guitar
Henry Brooks – Guitar | Keyboard
Ads Lineker – Bass
Johnny Mo – Drummer
Label-Pavement Entertainment | Killer Metal Records
Release Date-February 1st , 2019
Genre- Melodic Heavy Rock , Thrash Metal
Available On – Spotify, Itunes, Apple Music, Amazon, YouTube
Into The Pit Ranking-
The overall writing performance of Racing to the Sun (Part I) is easily palatable for the average consumer interested in the rock/metal mashup genres. Dethonator’s writing style not only catches listeners with ease, but intentionally allows them to immerse themselves into the musical soundscape. This LP displays hints of “Hair Rock” nostalgia via the progressive vocal and lead guitar’s writing performance. The components of thrash metal finds itself interweaved seamlessly complementing the overall album experience. The conceptual approach of this project not only caters well towards live performances but towards cinematic placements allowing Dethonator to substantially grow in a branding capacity. Music supervisors for commercials and movie trailers can find tons of gems to utilize throughout the writing of the project.
Production: 4.7/ 5.0:
The production of Race to the Sun (Part One) consistently performs to a high degree in the realms of melodic diversity and conceptual execution for the length of the album. By starting the project with upper-mid tempo songs Dethonator successfully captures the listener’s engagement early. Each song’s melodic progression does an exceptional job at communicating it’s conceptual approach. Dethonator exercises a seasoned dynamic bravado in the midst songs as well throughout the full record playback, taking listeners on an audible thrashing rollercoaster. The thrash metal taylored production laced throughout the project provides the ideal contrast against it’s more melodic counterparts. The least favored aspects of the production were the random out of sync phrasing between vocals and the background instrumentation. These timing discrepancies hardly take away from the experience of the album as a whole. Overall Dethonator displays top tier production paired with the artistry to properly articulate it.
The mix of Dethonator was competently performed from a critic’s point of view. The most favored aspect of the mix was the epic stereo spread of just about each song. The drum kit was aptly mixed for the desired genre with an ideal ratio of compression and presence in the snare, kick, and accompanying counterparts. Most aspects of the lead vocal translated well mix-wise. The cleaner more progressive tone often sounded huge and epic courtesy of the reverb and delay mix blending in seamlessly with the musical landscape. Harmonic layers and background vocals added positively to the atmosphere but alone, the lead vocal lead the charge and supported the melodic atmosphere well enough on its own. The primary area of improvement would be for the correction of slight timing discrepancies. For future projects, ensure that every aspect of the mix is dialed in to its fullest potential, from rhythmic editing to each element’s individual stereo presence.
Master: 4.4/5 –
The master of Dethonator is more than acceptable for a band presenting it’s 4th studio LP. This master provides the listener with a plethora of energy and excitement, consistently complementing the production and writing style of Dethonator. The master effectively translates between each listening device tested, enabling for a greater reach amongst listeners of all social demographics. There is a desirable warmth in the mid frequency response of the album’s master. It nicely pairs up with subtly present highs and a punchy low end response. A focus on sub energy enhancement in future projects could help the master translate better on the largest of playback systems, such as live venues, vehicle subs, and bass enhanced headphones.
By dialing in more in the realms of editing and phrasing, this will enable Dethonator to enhance their album experience in a greater capacity.
Dethonator consistently excels in realms of overall catchiness in their writing style in tandem with their production. The interweaving of the thrash metal mash up was extremely tasteful throughout the project. Race Against the Sun (Part I) had a masterfully executed mix and master on the LP as a whole. I’d consider this a top tier product from a consumer point of view.
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