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The Dead Daisies
The Dead Daisies

Company: Caroline
Release: 2013
Genre: Hard Rock
Rating: 3.5
Reviewer: Frank Hill

  • Could use a little extra gunpowder



  • The Dead Daisies are a down under hard rock/classic rock band featuring singer Jon Stevens (INXS), guitarist Richard Fortus (Guns N’ Roses), guitarist David Lowy (Red Phoenix, Mink), drummer Alex Carapetis (Nine Inch Nails), bassist Marco Mendoza (Thin Lizzy, Blue Murder, Whitesnake) and keyboardist Dizzy Reed (Guns N’ Roses). Some may have been in those bands for a short time, but nonetheless, a record is its own solidified moment in time aside from its members' history.

    Skulls and flowers make for a good packaging theme but even moreso the 70s sound on their self-titled debut is reflected perfectly with the retro-styled instagram-ish cassette pic in the liner notes. I don't miss that hardware, but seeing one does take me back to some grand musical times.

    Jon Stevens' vocals stay in a mid-range complimenting groovy rhythm lines and the warm tone of the guitar leads and keyboards. There's nothing abrasive in here, and a little more Buckcherry kick could've been in a couple numbers like "Bible Row" and live potential of "Yeah Yeah Yeah". It could use a little extra gunpowder to go with the lead.

    Overall, it's sits at a high-noon signpost juncture of hazy past and the clear road of promise in view; a place along the worn road to take a short break and smoke a reflective cigarette. Fans of Black Crowes, Black Stone Cherry, and general Southern Rock should do okay with The Dead Daisies. Look for a guest appearance from Slash on "Lock N Load".


    About this Writer:
    Frank Hill // Frank Hill has been at this site since its slimy, crying birth in '03. He was born on National Metal Day--11/11 and will turn his hearing aids up to 11 when he's 111. He secretly listens to a lot of old Country and Doo-Wop tunes and wants to start a cyberband with lead vocals by Robot Plant. He is still trying to figure out what Judas Priest meant by "paratamize you". If you read this, then he salutes you.

    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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