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Dead by Wednesday
Death of The Rockstar

Company: Ear One Productions
Release: 2014
Genre: Metalcore
Reviewer: Greg Watson

  • Isn't your average metalcore



  • I had no prior knowledge of Connecticut's Dead by Wednesday and wasn't sure what to expect. However, after several listens of their new EP, Death of The Rockstar, I would have to say the band is on to something. This is the group's fourth album to date and proves to be a farewell in essence. Longtime guitarist Ross Ragusa departed the band shortly after this release. His replacement is Joey Concepcion, a new virtuoso who has been described as a "young Yngwie". The opening track, "Death of The Rockstar", is a bit of a slow burner and takes some time for the vocals to sink in. What is strikingly apparent is the great riffs and lively energy. "When in Rome" is a prime example of a great riff being used as the base for a song and building off of that momentum for a superb showing. Good clean vocals, heavy breakdowns and addictive melodies make this a formidable track and probably my favorite of the album. The other three tracks are solid metalcore with appropriate clean and growled vocals layered over each other, complete with the mandatory heavy breakdowns and decent solos of this style. The bass player has a few "Les Claypool" moments which really caught me by surprise and add a fun element to the group. Dead by Wednesday shows that they don't plan on following the typical approach, and by doing so, set themselves apart. This isn't your average metalcore.


    About this Writer:
    Greg Watson // Greg Watson has been hooked on the loud and heavy sounds since the summer of 1994 when he first heard the opening notes of "Operation: Mindcrime" by Queensryche. Since then his tastes have expanded and grown like the ever evolving heavy metal tree of genres. He has been an active member of Maximum Metal off and on for 10 years. In his spare time, Greg enjoys deciding the fate of his loyal subjects in the realm of Skyrim and secretly playing air keyboard to "Separate Ways" by Journey when no one is watching. He currently resides in Roanoke, VA with his wife and his metal wannabe beagle.

    Maximum Metal Rating Legend - Click for Full Details
    5 Excellent - Buy it and say a prayer to the metal gods that you were tuned on to this masterpiece. A classic.
    4-4.5 Great - Almost perfect records but there's probably a clunker or a lacking somewhere to keep it from perfection. You won't feel bad about dropping some bones on these.
    3.5 Good - Most of the record is good, but there may be some filler. This is the OK range where you'd search for the record on sale or used.
    3 Average - Some good songs, some bad ones at about a half/half ratio. Could show skills but be dull overall. Redeeming qualities for indy bands are effort and passion. Majors that don't try or suck outright end up here.
    2-2.5 Fair - Worth a listen, but best obtained by collectors. There is much better metal out there.
    1-1.5 Bad - Major problems with music, lyrics, production, etc.
    0 Terrible or an otherwise waste of your life and time.

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    Greg Watson8/6/2014


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