Deep Drone Master – The Deathtrip

Rating: 3/5
Distributor Label: Svart Records
Released: 2014
Band website:

the-deathtrip-deep-drone-master-cdBand Line-up:
  1. Snorre W. Ruch
  2. Aldrahn
  1. Intro
  2. Flag of Betrayal
  3. Dynamic Underworld
  4. Cocoons
  5. Sewer Heart
  6. Making Me
  7. Cosmic Verdict
  8. Something Growing in the Trees
  9. A Foot in Each Trail
  10.  Syndebukken

The Deathtrip is a Norwegian band that play high quality second-wave black metal in their first release, Deep Drone Master.  Chances are, if you keep a close watch on underground black metal of this type, that you would have probably heard of this record by now, as they have received a fair share of coverage for this release.  That’s all well and good, folks, as Deep Drone Master bowls down quite a number of pins on mostly very positive reviews on all fronts.  Here’s why: The Deathtrip scores aces on the variety of the songs, scoring similarly with the tremolo riffs that are of particular importance to this early black metal style.  The rung notes help slow down the minor chord worship and bring a sinister quality to the sound.  When they blast and tremolo riff away, they sound like early Mayhem.  But mostly, the tempo changes and great riffs save them from joining hordes of second-wave tributary bands that produce albums ear-marked for obscurity.  They do sound awesome fast but they write songs that gallop along as well.  What is perhaps, more distinctly the ace-in-the-hole for this band is vocalist Aldrahn, as his classic raspy vocals add considerable character to the poetic lyrics on Deep Drone Master. Honestly, when I hear second-wave style in the line notes, it typically screams red flag to me, as there are so many bands that have used and abused the sub-genre more often than in any other in metal.  Deep Drone Master is leagues apart from bedroom black metal bands that release necro shit for the sake of it, toiling in obscurity warranted by the quality of their music, or more precisely, the lack thereof, not for any imagery and gimmickry used fairly often along with inferior musicianship. The Deathtrip make an impression, one that still prompts hesitation for undeserved praise.  The Deathtrip is a good band and Deep Drone Master possesses quality aesthetics, but neither is the latter eponymous to the best of what black metal history has to offer.  Still, one can’t get the feeling after listening to Deep Drone Master, that better things await this band. Album highlights include Sewer Heart, which sounds like classic De Mysteriis, and Flag of Betrayal, which sounds rather anthemic, and storms out of the speakers after an intro perplexingly opens the album.  Sans intro, the rest of the album exudes passion, and quality performance.  Second-wave black metal was always an attitude and conviction, not a generic sound.  The Deathtrip is a good example of a band doing well at executing a style of music they love.  Deep Drone Master appeals to fans of the genre, and beyond.

Review by Al Necro