Dead Teach the Living – The Crowning EP (New Zealand, 2015)

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Dead Teach The Living is a 4-piece metal band from Auckland, New Zealand, active since 2010.
The Crowning”, out since May, is their first EP and overall second released work.

At very first impression, what gets to my ears is a way thrashier and way more accessible version of the Dillinger Escape Plan, with a touch of classic 90’s thrash itself. The EP brings a collection of fast riffs, nice drum grooves and intensity but also cool melodic developments, harmonies and occasional singalong moments. Again, I personally would define this effort as thrash with a modern hardcore touch, for what words can have an use for. While tracks as “Outsider” have a really “classic thrash” feel in my book, my standout track “Meat Eater” brings a nice amount of variety to the table going from brief, kinda head-bopping groovy moments to dissonant chording, straight-up riffing and chaotic rampages. Ending up, “I Feel Good” shows a fresh, energetic and groovy metal rendition of Brown’s classic. Funny.

Good job, DTTL! The album is available for name-your-price on Bandcamp.

Tracklist
1. The Crowning
2. Shady Strip/Powertrip
3. I’m Not Him
4. Outsider
5. Meat Eater
6. I Feel Good (The Browning) (James Brown cover)

Label: self-released
Links FacebookBandcamp
Release date: May 24th, 2015
Reviewed by Rizzo

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