When modern hardcore went metal, Hatebreed, Terror, and SoCal’s own Throwdown were left as kings of the pit. Throwdown know the formula: Keep the chugga chugga guitar riffs churning, leave room for vocalist Dave Peters to fire off Phil Anselmo–inspired vocals, and watch the kids go utterly bonkers in the pit. The slow grind of Deathless centers on the band’s ability to build intricate, hard-hitting guitar riffs and stab them into the middle of mid-tempo headbanger numbers. “This Continuum” gallops on swirling guitars until Peters blasts, “I can’t face this hell alone!” The guitars on “Skeleton Vanguard,” filled with chugs and squeals, would make Dimebag Darrell smile.   

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