Pulling the Trigger: Deadhand System
Written by: Matt Drummond
There’s so many great, and talented metal bands these days. After you’re in the scene for a while, it becomes unlikely that a local band could slip past you unnoticed. I can admit, Deadhand System has snuck past me. Today their inaugural EP, ‘Artifex’, found its way to me, and it is an impressive offering.
Forming in late 2014, Deadhand System is a fresh, but also customary death metal brute, based out of the Midwestern United States. If you’re familiar with ‘90s death metal, I’ll put it in simple terms. Deadhand System sounds like Morbid Angels ‘Covenant’ smashed into Obituarys ‘Cause of Death’, and then blackened up a little.
The band possesses a veteran lineup from front, to back. The members are as follows; Shaun Albro (vocals), Marco Martell (guitar), Michael Maselbas (guitar), Steve Burgess (bass), and Tomascz Pilasiewicz (drums).
“The band was mainly started with John Major, Lisa Jablobski, and myself. Our vision was to create a band that has a professional approach to all aspects of the band. Writing, performance, production, everything. We hope to tackle all the things we looked, and listened for as fans of metal. We think this will help ensure that we enjoy playing, and remajn proud of it, in terms of musicianship.”
The Deadhand System guys come across as just extraordinarily talented heavy metal fans. It seems almost all the band members, or maybe all of them play in numerous bands. However, if you’re a metal drummer and you’re only in one band, you’re probably not very good. Pilasiewicz on the other hand, is a very good drummer, and consequently is in a bunch of different projects. I was curious where Pilasiewicz found the drive to focus on each band individually, so I asked the man himself.
“I just kind of switch everything else off, and focus on the particular project at hand. It’s hard to explain, my mind just works in a way that it needs to be preoccupied at all times. The more styles that you’re able to learn, the more it will ultimately benefit each one of those styles.”
So we know the bands talented, and we know the inaugural EP rips, so what’s next? Will there be a new album any time soon?
“We’re hoping for the end of summer. We’re currently talking to a few record labels, and we just wanna take this as far as we can. We definitely want to do some touring, music festivals, and of course continue writing. We have high expectations for this band, and hopefully we’ll be announcing a few things soon!”
“As far as upcoming material, we’re aiming to keep things catchy, with solid production. We’ll also be kicking the speed, and brutality up a notch.”
After I listened to the inaugural 5 track EP all the way through, it made me excited to see where this band goes. It also made me go back and listen to track 5, ‘Calamity Trigger’ over, and over again. Deadhand System has the talent, and right mainframe to do something significant in the metal scene, so keep an eye out for em.
“For as much as I am a musician, I’m equally, if not more of a metal fan. Music is a huge part of my life. I love my drums, I love my bands, it’s a lifestyle. Being at a point where I can share the stage with those bands i idolized, and tell them what inspired me back in the day is a unique experience. Having the opportunity to become friends with your idols is pretty damn cool.”
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