Deadyet? – This Cities Child
Released: 10th September 2016
Chris Arthur – Bass
Brett Kearney – Drums
Jim Kent – Guitar
Dave Fischer – Vocals
The first time I laid ears on this submission was shortly after Every Time I Die toured through the band’s hometown of Brisbane and I have to say I was extremely impressed. It sounded as if ETID had taken a break, ran into a recording studio and belted out a quick 10 track album under new alias… but it wasn’t. It was Brisbane four piece Deadyet? who’s debut This Cities Child automatically exceeded expectations within the first 3 seconds of the album.
Kicking off with the title track ‘This Cities Child’ we’re met by a heavy as fuck riff and somewhat southern american styled singing, complete with throaty screams. Automatically I wondered where this band has been hiding all this time since I relocated to Bris-Vegas because they would definitely be an act I’d be front row centre for. Even though the songs are short in length, they pack an instant punch when heard for the first time as experienced with song #2 ‘A Summer in Edinburgh’ which ups the tempo and ferocity for only a brief 90 seconds of pleasurable heavy metal goodness. The song ends with a very throaty fade out from vocalist Dave Fischer which just leaves me in awe wondering, “how the fuck are these guys not signed yet?”.
Moving onto ‘Long Way Home‘ which continues the heavy and fast theme featuring drummer Brett Kearney smashing his kit like there’s no fuckin tomorrow and guitarist Jim Kent riffing through time and space with his exceptional ability. His solo towards the end through adds that extra element the song was lacking. ‘There or There Abouts‘ once again at only 2 minutes in length brings you in wanting more only for the song to end just as you’re really starting to get into it. If you’re wanting an album with plenty of guitar solos, this one is for you. ‘Floodbreather‘ follows which sorts slows things down a touch yet continues to bring the heavy. With a great combination of unclean screams and growling, followed by a Metallica ‘One‘ styled mid-section which only teases your senses enough before the fast paced action returns to smash you in the face like an out of control falcon by Tim Cahill.
Just past the halfway mark now with ‘Mistress‘ and so far my only complaint about the album is the length of songs. Its easy to see the guys are heavily inspired by ETID (if they’re not, they’re lying) and because songs on earlier ETID albums were short in length, one would assume they’ve gone down the same path. To get you hyped up and leave you wanting more. Seeing these songs live would be an experience and a half in itself. The breakdown in this song made me want to get up and smash my face into the wall beside me. I think I’ve found my new favourite band of the year. ‘Jim’s Ditty‘ changes things completely, opening with an acoustic guitar with distant sounds of a a whammy bar in the background which continue for half of the song and its about this time I realise we’re in the instrumental section of the album getting out breath back but that doesn’t last long as ‘Itchy Palms‘ brings an action packed Jim Kent riff and all in onslaught from all members giving their all. Arguably one of the best three songs from the album, this has everything you’d want in a hardcore/punk rock record.
We wrap up the album with another slowed down beginning for ‘Gentlemans Handshake‘ which gradually increases as Dave Fischer sings along to a build up that explodes just in time for the chorus then proceeds to slow down so the message of the song is heard and taken in. Plenty of whammys to please the guitar hero in you as the song fades out amidst yet another solo. ‘Host‘ brings us to the end of the experience which probably would never have been heard if we didn’t introduce the Submit Music option to Wall of Sound. Distorted guitars, fast paced drumming, heavy as fuck bass lines followed by enough screaming to wake up an entire kindergarten greet us for the climatic ending of our listening experience.
My only gripe was that this album was nowhere near as long as I wanted it to be. Deadyet? have been hiding away, waiting to be found by myself and I’m so fuckin glad they reached out. Their music must be heard and shows attended. Get on this!
Deadyet? – This Cities Child tracklisting
- This Cities Child
- A Summer in Edinburgh
- Long Way Home
- There Or There Abouts
- Jim’s Ditty
- Itchy Palms
- Gentlemans Handshake
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