THE DEAD is a band from Australia formed in 2005 by Mike Yee and Scott Edgar (guitar). They released an EP and their debut album before Scott left the band. With a new lineup they recorded an EP and their second full length album “Ritual Executions” that was limited to only 100 copies, in 2009. But a year later that album is now again available re-mixed and re-mastered.
The music of THE DEAD was more into the Death Metal scene, as their bio says, but as soon after additional doom elements made their appearance. This is something that the listener will notice in the album opener “Burn Your Dead”. Imagine SIX FEET UNDER playing in doom forms or CHURCH OF MISERY under an identity crisis start playing Death Metal. Even though they are not reinventing the wheel, you will find yourself moving your head up and down listening to every song. I haven’t listened to the original recordings, so I can’t point any differences in the mastering and mixing of the album. What I can say, is that the sound, of a Death Metal band, is as clean as it has to be. The riffs, simple but heavy, stick in your brain and their doom-iest moments are, in my opinion, their strong card.
I surely hope that with “Ritual Executions”, THE DEAD will make their name heard in every part of the metal world. Their death / doom sound and hard work will be their passport to become one of the well known bands in the underground scene and maybe they will make it to the Premier League. Well done lads, but keep both feet on the ground.
Burn Your Dead
Born In A Grave
Death Metal Suicide
Adam Keleher – Guitar Mike Yee – Vocals Chris Morse – Drums