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Deficiency
The Prodigal Child

Company: Fantai'zic Productions
Release: 2013
Genre: Thrash
Reviewer: ChaosLord

  • Punishing thrash that is nothing short of outstanding



  • France's Deficiency unleashed their sophomore album "The Prodigal Child" on the masses in October 2013. After just being turned on to this band, I felt the need to review their full album.

    This quartet delivers punishing thrash that is nothing short of outstanding. Their use of the traditional thrash vocals mixed with death growls and clean vocals reminds me a bit of the newer Mercenary albums but TPC is full of its own flavor. From start to finish this album has one goal--make you bang your head so hard that you kill your remaining brain cells. Well, I can officially say that happened with me. Songs like "Unfinished", "Those Who Behold" and "The Flaw" make sure you'll have no problem doing just that.

    Vocalist/guitarist Laurent Gisonna delivers great thrash vocals but his clean vocals are what really caught my attention. The emotion and timbre of his clean vocals are hypnotic and paralyzing. The twin guitar work of Gisonna and rhythm guitarist Jerome Meichelbeck are the highlight of the album. This duo knows how to craft great metal riffs and execute them with with a surgical precision. You can tell from listening to the album that both of these guys have some classical and jazz influences, especially on the bridgework and interludes in the songs.

    The tempo changes and classical intros that give way to face smashing riffs makes you sit back and realize just how talented this band truly is. For an example of their talent, check out the song "A Way Out of Nowhere". This is a phenomenal album and a band for bangers worldwide to keep their eyes on. Make sure you check out this band, you will not regret it!


    About this Writer:
    Greg Watson // Greg Watson has been hooked on the loud and heavy sounds since the summer of 1994 when he first heard the opening notes of "Operation: Mindcrime" by Queensryche. Since then his tastes have expanded and grown like the ever evolving heavy metal tree of genres. He has been an active member of Maximum Metal off and on for 10 years. In his spare time, Greg enjoys deciding the fate of his loyal subjects in the realm of Skyrim and secretly playing air keyboard to "Separate Ways" by Journey when no one is watching. He currently resides in Roanoke, VA with his wife and his metal wannabe beagle.

    Maximum Metal Rating Legend - Click for Full Details
    5 Excellent - Buy it and say a prayer to the metal gods that you were tuned on to this masterpiece. A classic.
    4-4.5 Great - Almost perfect records but there's probably a clunker or a lacking somewhere to keep it from perfection. You won't feel bad about dropping some bones on these.
    3.5 Good - Most of the record is good, but there may be some filler. This is the OK range where you'd search for the record on sale or used.
    3 Average - Some good songs, some bad ones at about a half/half ratio. Could show skills but be dull overall. Redeeming qualities for indy bands are effort and passion. Majors that don't try or suck outright end up here.
    2-2.5 Fair - Worth a listen, but best obtained by collectors. There is much better metal out there.
    1-1.5 Bad - Major problems with music, lyrics, production, etc.
    0 Terrible or an otherwise waste of your life and time.

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    The Prodigal ChildDeficiency
    2013
    Greg Watson3/7/2014


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    INTERVIEW BAND INTERVIEWER DATE
    Laurent GisonnaDeficiencyGreg Watson3/19/2014


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