Reminiscent of a grab bag of 80’s speed metal figurheads, Verdict Denied’s melodic-yet-ballsy three-songer sounds like metal from two decades ago, restructured and updated. Hauling ass down the Destruction/Kreator path with belligerent, blazing guitars, and mid-era Suicidal Tendencies gang chants make for a classic but crafty display. In addition, they’ve upped their priority level here with slick progressive elements and time shifts. If only the vocalist(s) could stay in key a bit more on the melodic spots, this one would be ace in its 16-ish minute existence.