Dead Man in Reno's debut self-titled album is a furious assault of metal and hardcore, complete with pummeling riffs, intricate guitar harmonies, breakneck rhythms, and angry, screaming vocals. Seriously, these Alabama upstarts really sound pissed off here, but they sure can play their instruments. Comparisons to The Red Chord, Dead to Fall, Every Time I Die, and Between the Buried and Me, are sure to be made, which raises the question of originality. Sure, this sort of thing has been done before, but Dead Man in Reno churn out plenty of catchy and mammoth riffs here, like on "She's Tugging on My Heartstrings" (love that title!) and "Goodbye Tomorrow, Hello Dead Letters", that they are just impossible to ignore. Complex breakdowns galore permeate the arrangements, and even when the band slows it down a bit, like on the grinding, almost doomy "The Devil Made Him Do It", they always seem to make it back to some blinding, complex passage. The band even approaches extreme death metal on "Cursed", complete with inhuman death grunts, melodic clean vocal passages, killer guitar riffs, and some atmospheric moments.
This is a great start for a young band, who seemingly have all the tools to make a name for themselves. If you are a fan of technical hardcore mixed with plenty of metal, give Dead Man in Reno a try.
01. To Attain Everything
02. From Here I Can See The Shore
03. She's Tugging On My Heartstrings
04. Given A Season Of Sun
05. Goodbye Tomorrow, Hello Dead Letters
06. The Devil Made Him Do It
07. He Said, She Said
09. Even In My Dreams