Have you heard Ded yet? I just saw them on the Korn tour, and if you haven’t heard them, then you are missing out on a great band. Ded originated in Tempe, Arizona, and was formed by vocalist Joe Cotela, drummer Mattew Reinhard, guitarist David Ludlow, and bassist Kyle Koelsch. On July 21st, 2017 they released their debut album, ‘Misanthrope’ which means “a person who hates, or distrusts, humankind.” Judging by songs such as “FMFY,” (with lyrics like, “Fuck me, Fuck you too, the world should start over now!”), and “Anti-Everything”, I am thinking the album title is quite fitting. Both of those tracks are excellent, and won over the live crowd when I saw them thanks to their heavy guitars, great playing, and killer vocals. Ded are being placed in the nu-metal genre online, but I feel there is more to them than that, although nu-metal does seem to be the largest influence I hear on this release. “Remember the Enemy” has a huge, old school Linkin Park vibe, and contains some of the best vocal work of the whole album. The breakdown is pretty heavy, and the lyric “I’m done with this suffering” repeated three times pulls the song back into a very memorable chorus. There’s also a Korn influence to be heard in spots throughout the album, “Disassociate” being the one that sticks out the most for me. Everything about this song screams Korn at you, but in a way that doesn’t make them sound like clones either. Lyrically, “Inside” may be the best song on the album, only because it resonates within my own life at one point in the not so distant past. I’m sure I’m not the only one who’ll feel this way either, and maybe for different reasons. “Beautiful”, the album closer, is another song that reminds me of Linkin Park, and vocally of Jacoby Shaddix of Papa Roach; there’s also a slight Hollywood Undead feel in it. It’s a very atmospheric song, and ends the album in a swirl of piano, clean vocals, and some electronic aspects; makes for a very nicely put together song, showcasing their softer side, and songwriting abilities.
‘Misanthrope’ is a great debut effort from beginning to end. The mix of genres, and influences, is really cool, the playing is excellent, and the vocals are diverse; spreading a wide array of styles. So if you like a new spin on the nu-metal genre, then go check out Ded; either on tour or on their album, ‘Misanthrope‘. I’m glad I saw them live first, because as I listen to the album I get to relive the memories of watching them ignite the Krockathon stage!