DEADLINE – track premiere
After the wide-spread critical acclaim for their debut album Black Wolf City, New Wave of South African Heavy Metal protagonists Deadline are back with a brand new single High Tops & Bullet Belts. From the sythnwave inspired intro to the pummelling rhythms, soaring vocals and triple guitar attack the song brings the 80’s kicking and screaming into the 21st century and makes it feel right at home.
Front man Jessy Switchblade delves a little deeper into the inspiration behind it all, ‘In a time where superhero movies have become so popular, we decided to write a tune about a group of heavy metal superheroes. (Who wear high-tops and bullet belts of course, haha!) It’s a song about power and revenge which ultimately results in the band/superheroes taking over their town, with the focus still strongly on the fictitious city we built with our debut album, Black Wolf City. The artwork is a tribute to the current synthwave music movement which is currently taking the world by storm and the track itself kicks off with a 52 second synth intro. We thought we would be a little more dynamic and it is to date our most ambitious track.’
They released their first single ‘Hostage Demonica’ on 29 September 2017. The single was released not only to promote their upcoming debut album, but also to create hype for their first appearance at Krank’d Up music festival, one of the only music festivals in South Africa to feature international acts. On 14 October 2017 Deadline released their debut album, ‘Black Wolf City’ worldwide and followed up with their first tour of South Africa. The tour took them to Durban, Cape Town and Johannesburg. Deadline kicked 2018 off the best way possible by playing at the 11th edition of Metal4Africa’s SummerFest in Cape Town. In April 2018 they were nominated for 3 more SAMMA awards, winning ‘best live act’ and ‘best old school metal Band’ and narrowly losing out in ‘best album’ category. They also released their first music video for their track Bloodbeast that month. Deadline took the rest of the year off to promote their album through the rest of South Africa playing shows at Port Elizabeth, Grahamstown and Bloemfontein playing their first international show in Botswana too. In September 2018 Judge Mental joined on guitar and Deadline upgraded to three guitarists following in the footsteps of Iron Maiden. They are currently working on their sophomore album entitled Cathedral Point which is part two in the Black Wolf City story. The album will be recoded and released later this year.