"School of Thought" (Suretone Records; 2021)

Reviewed by Snidermann

I have heard of the band Ded although, after a little research, I realized their name should be all caps. Like this: DED. So, what the hell. 

"School of Thought" is a thought-provoking delve into rock music (no pun intended). This is tight, well-conceived music that is fun and more than easy to listen to. I have found over the past year that lyrics are playing a more important to the overall coolness of music and, with this DED recording, I would have to say that is alive and well.  I did not like the lyrics to one of the songs but after a few more spins I have figured out the reason: This was because they were written from the point of view of mental sickness and addiction and maybe some other human factors I have not figured out as of yet.  But now, that fucking song makes way more sense!

This is the band's second release and, let me tell you, this band has the moxie to deliver some great material for the foreseeable future.  I can't wait to check out their debut release called "Mis-An-Thrope" (see R. Scott Bolton's review, below).

I especially liked the way cool cover of The Cure's "Lovesong" with metal singer Maria Brink (who I have never heard of before, but that will change as we speak). I really enjoyed "School of Thought," the presentation was tight and powerful and the tunes were catchy and the music frickin' rocked. 

If you need some music to help get the doldrums out of your day, might I suggest DED and their recording "School of Thought." This is kick ass rock'n'roll just like it should be and should be played very loud, with repeated spins.

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"Mis-an-thrope" (Suretone Records; 2017)

Reviewed by R. Scott Bolton

If the point of art is to communicate emotion, then "Mis-an-thrope" is pure art. Especially if it's anger, rage and angst that you're looking for.

"Mis-an-thrope" is a late night barroom brawl of an album. Each track is like the thrust of knuckles into the teeth, with no punches pulled and you will come out of this CD feeling pummeled. The guitars are heavy, the rhythm pounding and the vocals come off like singer Joe Cotela is screaming into your face just before he's gonna knock you on your ass with a straight punch to the bridge of your nose.

It's the kind of album you probably don't want to listen to while you're driving.

Fans of Slipknot and other aggresive rock'n'roll will no doubt find DED to their liking.

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Rating Guide:

A classic. This record will kick your ass.

Killer. Not a classic but it will rock your world.

So-so. You've heard better.

Pretty bad. Might make a nice coaster.

Self explanatory. Just the sight of the cover makes you wanna hurl.

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