Deviate - _State of Grace_
(I Scream Records, 1999)
by: Adrian Bromley (7.5 out of 10)
It's quite easy to see why this popular Belgium hardcore/metal outfit has been going strong 'n' heavy since their inception in 1991. Their production value alone says "experienced", and the overall deliverance of the band is monstrous. Much like the works of veteran hardcore acts like Earth Crisis, Hatebreed and Integrity, Deviate always seem to be able to muster up enough spark and solid rhythms to keep the record tight and in control. While the record does sway from time to time with generic sounding hardcore "-isms", it's the power hitter songs like "Dawn of Mankind" and "Empty World" that clear away from that, that hit ya hard 'n' heavy each time out. On a whole, the disc rocks, just a few ideas that seem to lack attention in the song writing process. Go mosh!


(article published 12/8/1999)

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