Arriving from the birthplace of such rock superstars as Slash and Lemmy is Dead City Souls, likely hoping to join such distinguished company with their self-titled EP. Passing over the intro, it's a six song deal of modern heavy rock and metal.
Heavy is probably the operative word for a description of the Dead City Souls, as there are few light moments here. The band builds there songs deep forceful rhythm section and bold sharp riffage. So much so that this could be another case where the riffage controls and trumps most every other aspect and instrument of each song. Yet somehow the band squeezes into this mix inherent melody, some catchy refrains, and some stinging guitar solos. Ultimately, there's something for everyone in the DCS sound: classic rock, post grunge, past and current sleaze punk. At times they remind of a mixture of Hinder, some modern Swedish glam hard rock, maybe some old school GnR, and then wrapped up modern hard rock's battle between harshness and melody. Mostly it works for them, but the EP likely won't find a place on my current rotation. Best picks: Watch The World Burn, Save Me, and the rather catchy Say Goodnight.
Dead City Souls advances the ongoing battle between modern rock and metal's heavy harshness and classic rock's emphasis upon melody and groove.
Mat Sinner is both an icon and legend in the German, and the larger European, hard rock and heavy metal scene. Cranking out music since 1982, Sinner is an industrious and prolific musician and producer whether through his namesake band, the heavy metal heroes Primal ... [ Read More ]