@planetmosh reviews Let The World Know .@dbaswe out on .@SpinefarmINT
After some recent personnel changes Swedish 5-piece Dead By April return with their third full length studio album ‘Let The World Know’ which is available now on Spinefarm Records.
From the very outset the listener is subjected to what can only be described as a mix of dance, pop, dubstep, rock and some screaming vocals thrown in the mix too just to add a slightly harder edge.
Skip past the first few tracks to ‘Empathy’ or ‘Same Star’ you get something altogether more promising with Christoffer Andersson’s screaming vocals taking centre stage and the tempo raised substantially produce what are arguably the heaviest tracks on offer, but the promise is short-lived as the tracks descend into what can only be described as a jumble styles, that don’t know if they quite want to be all out metal tracks or just some chorus laden pop tunes. It is also in ‘Empathy’ that we get the first real introduction of the horrible auto-tune on Zandro Santiago’s clean vocals, a trait that unfortunately is used increasingly on ‘Done With Broken Hearts’ and at various other points in the album.
Title track ‘Let the World Know’ is one of three ballads as the album closes with the other two, ‘Replace You’ & ‘Cause I Need You’ with the former being the only track to feature Santiago going solo with the clean vocals.
With only Andersson’s vocals adding any real grit to this album, it’s hard to see this appealing any kind of metal crowd en-masse, though I’m not sure that is the demographic this would truly be aimed at. It is well produced, and very slick, the musicianship is more than adequate and in fact the rhythm section is outstanding in places. While not entirely my cup-of-tea, it’s still better than 99% of the guff we get in our chart music these days, and if it encourages some younger listeners to check out other heavy music, then maybe it’s worthwhile checking out after all.
4.Done With Broken Hearts
5.As A Butterfly
7.Let The World Know
8.Peace Of Mind
10.Infinity x Infinity
14.Cause I Need You
Christoffer Andersson – Vocals
Pontus Hjelm- Guitar, programming
Zandro Santiago – Vocals
Marcus Wesslen – Bass
Marcus Rosell – Drums