REVIEW: DED- MIS-AN-THROPE by Carina Lawrence / Dark Art Conspiracy
Ded are a relentless modern metal band from Phoenix Arizona who have been causing quite the commotion since their first EP and now they are really stirring things up with their high impact debut album ‘Mis-An-Thrope’. Through their hard work and driven attitude, they gained the attention of well-known producer John Feldmann (Disturbed, Blink-182, Beartooth) and the momentum continues to grow. They just finished a run with Korn and Stone Sour, and have various other tour dates and festival appearances lined up for the rest of the year.
Opening song ‘Architect’ surges and explodes from the off declaring “get up and fucking go” which is very appropriate for the carnage that ensues and is the perfect song to lose your shit too. This is frantic, seriously catchy and a well-structured heavy hitter that is non-stop and prepares you for what is to come for the rest of the album…
Their successful single ‘Anti-everything’ is just as strong, dynamic and melodic. This time the vocals vary more so with a rap influence which has hints of Papa Roach, Slipknot and Korn and heavily nods at nu-metal, but it feels fresh combined with modern hardcore elements and with their own spin on it, which they can only be commended for as it works wonderfully, it’s easy to see why this song is storming the rock and metal charts.
‘Dead To Me’ shows no signs of slowing down, opening with belligerent growls and unstable riled up vocals and whispers that help add to the manic feel, along with the instrumentation and effects that are alarming and stomping. The chorus is infectious and they prove again that they have got the art of creating blistering melodic metal songs down to a tee.
The perfect pissed off anthem comes in the form of ‘FMFY’, this will clearly be a mental and fun offering live for the crowds to chant and scream along too with lyrics such as “Fuck Me And Fuck You Too..”.
Latest single ‘Remember The Enemy’ is perhaps them at their most metal and mainstream side with more emphasis on the clean vocals, but the result is just as powerful and effective, and the placement of the aggressive vocals is well used. This will be hard to get out of your head.
‘Disassociate’ charges on with a good crazed industrial sound running through it and strange mixed vocals adding more variation, whilst ‘Rope’ is seriously catchy as you come to expect. ‘Hate Me’ like ‘FMFY’ is extremely anthemic and will certainly be a fan favourite that is dying to be shouted out.
‘I Exist’ is another strong contender for the most memorable song with driving hooks and melodies with ‘Inside’ keeping things consistent to the very end, delivering another crushing blow as we approach the closer ‘Beautiful’. The end song is unexpected and ambient with delicate piano and vocals, this more stripped back side of the band is just as striking and is cleverly constructed with plenty of atmosphere and emotion. This contrast to the rest of the album is a perfect way to finish this stunning and largely whirlwind debut.
This is one hell of an album which is a non-stop assault on the senses, especially encouraging you to exercise your anger and let it all out, making it brilliant to let off some steam. With a debut of this magnitude they are certainly a band to keep an eye on with their unique sound, and although influences from many bands and genres can strongly be heard throughout, they still manage to create something different with a new fresh modern outlook using these familiar elements.
Ded – Upcoming Tour dates
August 9 – Diamondz Events Center – Jerome, ID (KEDJ show)
August 10 – 3rd Wheel – Lewiston, ID (KOZZ show)
August 11 – Knitting Factory – Spokane, WA (KHTQ show)
August 12 – Knitting Factory – Boise, ID (KQXR show)
Ded Festival Appearances (More coming this fall)
9/9 – Revolution Rock Festival – Foxwoods Resort, CT
9/22 – High Elevation Rock Festival – Denver, CO
9/30 – Louder Than Life -Louisville, KY
10/1 – Sonic Boom – Janesville, WI
10/7 – Rock Allegiance – Camden, NJ
10/15 – Houston Open Air n- Houston, TX
10/22 – Aftershock – Sacramento, CA
11/5 – Ozzfest Meets Knotfest – San Bernadino, CA
1/18/18 – Shiprocked
Smart URL to all streaming/sales outlets: http://smarturl.it/misanthrope
‘Mis-An-Thrope’ was released July 21st 2017 via Suretone Records.
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