Stalked by Daemons by State of Deceit
State of Deceit are a metalcore, thrash and groove band with an attitude, and their debut album titled, Stalked by Daemons, delivers the best of all worlds, often in stylistic antithesis that is startling and ultimately satisfying. The growl vocal is vicious just as the traditional, rich harmonies of the chorus-work are heartfelt and bold. The intricate rhythm tracks are fascinating mosaics, always evolving in shape and color, and the blistering lead guitar solos paint pictures that leave scars, the aesthetic kind, like treasured ink we pattern into the flesh.
State of Deceit are the epitome of rock at its core, at its roots. Metal artists are often social mysteries, but that is finally beside the point. Sometimes, they start social trends for the sake of leading the pack or demonstrating to us our own ironies, but in the end, all of that is just pomp and circumstance. Rock is about making tile. Rock is about the basement and the garage, and the idea that hard practice can make you a superstar. State of Deceit offer us a distinct, instrumental layering technique as the songs on Stalked by Daemons bring us into their process and into their world brick by brick. The first single “Stalked by Daemons, Guarded by Angels” is a song with verses that blast you in the face and a chorus that hits you in the heart. Here, State of Deceit crafts their trademark dead-stops like ghosts on the asphalt erupting to double time: rockets, hot fuel, jet stream, and fireworks. “At What Cost” is the second single and it kicks off with a bold funky bass riff and aggressive growl vocals backed by sharp, sweet hummingbird sixteenths. Add a traditional anthem vocal, and the set-up is complete for the blistering lead guitar shred that will make Eddie Van Halen open his eyes and smile from heaven. Third on deck is “Demi-God”, a song with layered guitar, as if State of Deceit are constructing a fortress, one wedge of slate at a time, letting us in on the building process. The solo guitar track has harmony leads as if royalty is entering the stronghold, and the tremolo is a volcano. Also of particular note is “Withered” which features fast picking and pull-offs that give a salute to Avenged Sevenfold, then a super-groove that makes us breathe deeper, try harder, and live bigger. It is as if a wild musician is loose in a guitar shop, showcasing melodic riffs, chop-shop patterns, key changes, and ungodly velocity.
This album was produced by Tim Hamill (Anterior) at Sonic One Studio, and the album artwork & layout was done by Pierre-Alain D. of 3mmi Design. Debut records are often brilliant, daring, and new. Stalked by Daemons is all that, through and through track to track, but the most significant difference is that this band doesn’t have the feel of a neophyte. They have swag. Like champions. Like Kings. Like they were meant for this. Stalked by Daemons by State of Deceit was released by Eclipse Records on October 13, 2023.
Press Quotes & Highlights
- (9/10) “State of Deceit have arrived and the metal landscape is shifting under their weight” – Games Brains & Headbanging Life
- (9/10) “Stalked By Daemons will be the record on which all their future success will hinge on, good job then it’s a killer” – Musipedia Of Metal
- (8/10) “Savage, but controlled from start to finish, this is an album that anyone who enjoys big chunky riffs should enjoy” – Ever Metal
- (7.5/10) “This album throws the formula away for an all guns blazing attack, this is the icing on the cake” – Metal Noise
- (75/100) “Excellent work, intriguing and daring, considering that it is their first album… State of Deceit are definitely one to keep an eye on!” – True Metal
- “Stalked by Daemons shows that even a new band can be seasoned and ready to take on the heavy weights of the genre with ease” – Amplify the Noise
- (3.5/5) “Stalked by Daemons is daring and inspiring through and through track to track, positioning State of Deceit as one of the most interesting names of the current UK scene” – The Headbanging Moose
- (75/100) “Inspired by Groove and Thrash, but also by Metalcore and modern Melodic Death, State of Deceit offers effective riffs which will make Stalked By Daemons a good entry point for anyone who likes raw violence” – Acta Infernalis
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