(DBHW Records/Gordeon Music Promotion)

Review by Sloof

For fans of Hatebreed and Biohazard, that’s the suggestion of the label, and I fully agree, but also the addicts of more aggressive metal will have a pleasant time listening to “Deathblow”!  How did it all start? Well, the band started in Courtray, Belgium, and they can compete as one of the finest in brutality while pouring out of the well of extreme Hardcore. It’s a kind of side projects with members of ‘Die My Demon’, ‘One False Move’ and ‘Outcast’, and they have only one goal and one mission: Putting the ‘hard’ back in Hardcore.  Well, brothers and sisters, you can believe me, it’s a very HARD trip, but I loved Deathblow from the very first second!

What a great start with the intro that continues in the title track ‘Death Blow’. Vivid guitars, awesome pace and vocals that are really convincing. Full force, mature, and threatening all the way! ‘Death Blow’ fulfills all expectations! Next track has a kind of strange title, but believe me, this is a killer track !! ‘Teddybear Bastards’ opens all aggression and has a very violent character! The pace increases in the song ‘Mainstream Dog’, but this track takes almost 5 minutes, which is a pretty long time for a band like Whatever It Takes, so you can expect a lot of things to happen. Breaks and hooks, increasing and decreasing, but hard as hell, hard as a rock! The guitars sounds so dirty and mean, what a great job by Tim Vanglabeke and the overall sound of this album is totally nutz!  Brutal and raw, but fits like  a glove to the songs! 

‘Champagne Whores’ is another social issue where the guitars have no mercy at all!  ‘Bring It On’ opens like being on a fair, but when the guitars decide that the fun is over, we get another killer song. A bit slower, but oh so heavy ! ‘DHM’ is the total devastation for those who were still standing. Resistance is no option! Whatever It Takes is going to smash your skull until you will beg for mercy!  This is one of the most intense and brutal tracks and I just love it!   

There are no compromises on this album, only blunt force by a quartet that is hunted by Hans Teirlinck’ over the top vocal cords.  I also want to mention drummer Nick Vanglabeke (brother of guitarist Tim?), as he’s capable to hold these crazy motherfuckers on a leash, and all together they sound like the hounds of hell, ready to tear you all apart! https://www.facebook.com/whateverittakes2005 Order via: http://www.bdhw-shop.com/en/preorder/whateverittakes-preorder.html

My rating: 90 / 100

95+ : Outstanding, high valued albums & Classic Ones… a direct purchase is advisable !

Between 90 and 95: Surpasses the style of music, must be heard/ordered by every Metal fan

Between 80 and 89: Good in its own genre, recommended for those hooked on it

Between 70 and 79: Decent but best previewing

Between 60 and 69: Rather moderate

Between 50 and 59: Bad, substandard

50- : Rubbish