Dead On

Dead On

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The only release from progressive metal five-piece Dead On, this eponymous 1989 offering has some ambitious twists and turns. Mike Raptis (vocals), Tony Frazzitta (guitars), Michael Caronia (guitars), Mike Caputo (drums), and John Lindner (bass) work together on this recording to create a sonic mixture that suggests Fates Warning with a sprinkle of thrash. Raptis' Dave Mustaine-like squawk is the largest sonic hurdle fans of ultra-obscure prog-metal will have to endure should they decide to search out Dead On. With the production/mixer tandem of Roger Probert and Max Norman (Fates Warning, Loudness) working their control room magic, the band sounds tight and even. Frazzitta and Caronia have a few shred tricks up their sleeve, but, along with Caputo, the musicians of Dead On never distinguish themselves with interesting phrases or technical bombast. Dead On deserve credit for their dynamic compositions and disdain for the plodding repetition that ruined many an '80s metal disc, but Ratis' mismatched vocals and the group's overall lack of heaviness leaves Dead On without the means to rise above second-rate status.

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