South African Metal Titans DEADLINE New Album VITRIOL INC Out Now

Wrighteous Mike (Drums), Judge Mental (Guitar), Jessy Switchblade (Vocals), Damian Dread (Bass) & The Skullprit (Guitar)

The pioneers of the ‘New Wave of South African Heavy Metal’ are back today with their 3rd album ‘Vitriol Inc‘. Deadline openly bow down to the grandeur of 80’s Thrash, Power Metal, Heavy Metal and on occasion even Sleaze Rock, as they march with intent and pride. ‘Vitriol Inc’ is undoubtedly their most daring release yet!

Leading up to this album release, Deadline released 4 power singles and videos for ‘Cult Of Prometheus’, ‘Monuments’, ‘My Sweet Apocalypse’, and ‘Vitriol’. Deadline will be playing tracks from ‘Vitriol Inc’ live at their album launch shows at Woodstock Brewery in Cape Town on Friday 26 May with special guests The Fallen Prophets, and Railways Cafe Centurion on Friday 2 June with special guests Human Nebula and Middle Grounds. Deadline will also be shredding the 2nd edition of the Untertage Metal Festival on Sunday 7 May.

Metal Hammer rated the single for Vitriol as one of the ‘Best New Metal Songs You Need To Hear For The Week’ on 14 April, and also hailed Deadline in 2022 as one of the ‘10 African Metal Bands Challenging Heavy Metal’. Media channel Huck also named Deadline as one of the ‘African Metal Bands You Have To Hear’.


Track Listing For ‘Vitriol Inc’

1. Si Vis Pacem Para Bellum

2. Vitriol (Music Video)

3. Cult Of Prometheus (Music Video)

4. Synthetic Illusions

5. My Sweet Apocalypse (Music Video)

6. Codebreaker

7. Ghost Of Kyiv

8. Exhale

9. Devil In Disguise

10. Monuments (Lyric Video)

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We are metal! We are fire! We are legacy! We are energy! We are power! We are Deadline!

From choosing a band name taken from a Testament song, to wearing their beautifully crafted battle jackets emblazoned with the names of their favourite heavy metal bands, the quintet is hellbent on bringing the nostalgia, exuberance, and blood thirsty passion of the 80’s without necessarily pigeonholing themselves in one sole genre. 

Formed in Pretoria, South Africa in 2014, Deadline played their first show at a friend’s house party on 7 March 2015 and have not looked back since. 2 albums and an EP later, they have become the fore runners of the Old School Heavy Metal sound in South Africa which they have dubbed the “New Wave of South African Heavy Metal”. With 6 South African Metal Music Awards to their name, a dedicated fanbase who dub themselves the “Deadline Heavy Metal Crew” and an energetic, passionate live show second only to their heroes Iron Maiden, they march with intent and pride towards the release of their 3rd album, “Vitriol Inc” that will undoubtedly be their most daring release yet.

Led by the effervescent, high flying Frontman Jessy Switchblade, Deadline have undergone a few core changes during the pandemic, but have now solidified their line up around guitarists Judge Mental and The Skullprit (the last original member along with Jessy), bassist Damian Dread and percussionist and back up vocalist Wrighteous Mike. The quintet is hellbent on bringing the nostalgia, exuberance, and blood thirsty passion of the 80’s without necessarily pigeonholing themselves in one sole genre. Their music transcends genres, it transcends generations, it’s an ode to the decade that changed us forever. Sit down in your Lamborghini Countach, strap your seat belt, and let their crashing drums, pulsating bass rhythms, bright neon guitar riffs and screeching vocals take you back to your glorious metallic past!

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