“War Master” reminded me of the freshness and uncompromising feeling of Judas Priest’s monumental “Painkiller”.
Just by looking to the band’s name and the album title, you instantly get a pretty good picture of what these guys are all about; that is pure heavy metal sufficient enough to take you by a thunderous storm! And just wait ‘til you read with whom we are (death) dealing with here: Ross The Boss, Rhino, Stu Marshall, Sean Peck, Mike Davis! Not bad at all, right? Needless to say, that I was personally expecting nothing less that a bombastic sonic result and I was gladly surprised that my initial expectations were not only met but surpassed!
“War Master” is a breathtaking heavy metal album with speed outbursts, sensational vocal lines by Sean Peck, frenzy yet melodic guitars by Ross The Boss and Stu Marshall, tight bass lines by Mike Davis and galloping drums by Rhino that make you (almost instinctively) indulge into a constant headbanging! The songs remind of the atmosphere of those classic 80s metal albums while they are perfectly enhanced by modern production values. Especially, the title track, “Never To Kneel” and “Liberty or Death” depict astonishingly well the essence of DeatH Dealer’s debut. In a way, “War Master” reminded me of the freshness and uncompromising feeling of Judas Priest’s monumental “Painkiller”.
You must definitely check out Death Dealer and most definitely purchase the extremely tempting fan pack that is offered exclusively via the band’s site (www.deathdealermetal.com/site ) and in an affordable price.
Highlight: Facebook played an important role in the creation of this super group…
“This is not just a relentless head banging album, it is intelligently put together to lure lovers of all forms of metal to buy this work.”
Death Dealer is a new metal outfit featuring the talents of Sean Peck (Cage), Stu Marshall, Ross the Boss (ex-Manowar) and Rhino (ex-Manowar). The album begins at neck-breaking speed, with Peck hitting the highest notes in the shortest time and one knows you’re in for a metal ride of note! That being said, tempos of songs vary, a power ballad exists where Peck controls his power impeccably and a fair quantity of finesse intertwines with the relentless pounding of the album. I wish the production had more bombast, though, but that is a personal gripe. The band will probably easily replicate this sound on stage should they tour in support of this work. This is not just a relentless headbanging album, it is intelligently put together to lure lovers of all forms of metal to buy this work. The supergroup have pulled off a metal triumph and I believe fans of each member will buy it and pull in converts as well. *****
“Death Dealer is classic heavy metal as we like it!” 4/5
“Have you lost excitement in the new generation of power metal bands from around the globe? Death Dealer bring back those feelings to me with "War Master”
When you assemble veterans in the traditional / power metal scene together like guitarist Ross The Boss (ex-Manowar), vocalist Sean Peck (Cage), guitarist Stu Marshall (Empires of Eden), bassist Mike Davis (Halford, ex-Lizzy Borden) and drummer Rhino (ex-Manowar), it's little wonder that the underground and press take notice. Welcome to the world of Death Dealer and their debut album "War Master"- a 10 song platter sure to appease those who love tasty power riffs, multi-octave vocals, and a rhythm section that understands the ethics of US power metal.
Songs like the stirring ballad "Children of Flames" (think Priest meets Queensryche), double bass monster "Death Dealer", and dual harmonic oriented anthem "Liberty or Death" (punctuated with a lot of American national spirit in the guitar harmonies and lead work from Ross and Stu) scream for a time when "Painkiller" shocked the world, when Iron Maiden led the British brigade, and when American bands like Anthrax and Agent Steel started picking up more consumers due to their intensity and speed. Those who aren't aware of Sean's killer high piercing screams will fall head over ears at his work within "Heads Spikes Walls" and the Thin Lizzy-esque "Never to Kneel" (where Sean also features a tamer, almost playful nature during the verses). Ross The Boss and Stu Marshall are a formidable guitar tandem, handling a lot of the stair step galloping riffs in the title track in stride before bouncing back into heads down power delivery.
Do you miss the impact Riot made with "Thundersteel"? Have you lost excitement in the new generation of power metal bands from around the globe? Death Dealer bring back those feelings to me with "War Master"- and hopefully can give all generations of power fans a rallying cry to keep the movement thriving. Raise your fists to the sky, bang your heads ‘til your ears bleed, let's hope this is the start of a long, prosperous career for the band.
“This is a killer album in every sense of the word. An exceptional grade rating is deserved.”
War Master (2013) is the debut full-length album by multi-national power metal act Death Dealer. The band is made up of members and former members of artists such as Cage, Manowar, Ross the Boss and Lizzy Borden, with the members mostly hailing from the United States but also from Germany and Australia. Specifically the members are Sean Peck (Cage) on vocals, Ross the Boss (of band of the same name/ex-Manowar) and Stu Marshall (ex-Dungeon, Empires of Eden et al) on guitars, Mike Davis (Halford, ex-Lizzy Borden) on bass and Rhino (ex-Manowar, Holy Force et al) on drums. I guess the term supergroup can be fairly applied here.
With the members having backgrounds within many different power metal bands for the most part, it shouldn’t any surprise that this is the style that Death Dealer also plays. But don’t expect an extra cheesy brand of power metal based on that cover art and its heavily armoured futuristic warrior dude taking on a horde of goblins. Death Dealer unashamedly represents traditional values in their power metal, placing them firmly within the USPM side of the genre, although their sound has much less cross-over with traditional heavy metal than a lot of USPM acts. It’s mostly fast paced stuff all the way here! And with songs like their namesake Death Dealer and Warmaster they produce an absolutely intense and epic sound, not least because of the impressive vocal range of singer Sean Peck.
War Master is no one trick pony though. With Children of Flames Death Dealer proves they’re not above including balladry within a power metal album. Unlike the majority of power metal bands though doing a ballad doesn’t mean turning that cheese dial up to the max, it’s still just as much off as with their speedy tracks, and Peck really shines during the song. Additionally on Curse of the Heretic the band introduce a theatrical approach featuring some spoken word, and dramatic symphonic elements. For the most part though they stick to doing what they do the very best, and it’s tracks like Death Dealer, Warmaster, The Devils Mile and Heads Spikes Walls stand out as the best of the bunch, the latter of which even has a little bit of crossover into thrash metal territory. All of the songs are great or better, but it’s these four that I’ve got stuck in my head.
Death Dealer has produced an impressive first album together in War Master. I’d expect nothing less from such a group of metal veterans and they’ve in no way disappointed me. This is a killer album in every sense of the word. If you like classic metal in either a traditional or power metal vein (speed metal fans will probably want a look in too) then this is one album you don’t want to be passing up on. And, to reword a lyric that appears to be their slogan: Death Dealer they be named. An exceptional grade rating is deserved.
“Seriously, had a glass on my desk near my jammy-speaks; ten seconds later, said desk is covered in shards of said glass.”
“Wooooahhhh-AH-ahhhhhhhh-YEAHHHHHHHHH-EIIIIIAHHHHH!” Seriously, had a glass on my desk near my jammy-speaks; ten seconds later, said desk is covered in shards of said glass. Shit! Now Death Dealer owes me five spacebucks. Jk, I’m gonna be paying them, cause War Master makes me feel so g-damn delectable on the inside. I mean, their energy is an erection of legion-scale power. And dat voice is to die for, especially around the 3:05 mark when he goes all, “DEAAATTTH DEALLER” and then “EEEIIIIIAHHHH”! Love me them power screams, and you will love them too! Piss off your neighbors with this one, please.