Swede Posted June 19, 2008 Share Posted June 19, 2008 Listen to some of their new songs here http://www.crusherrecords.com/ METAL HAMMER (GR) (June 2008, Issue #282) The big time for Dead Man’s new output “Euphoria” has come. This record houses deep inspiration and dynamics of artistic genius. This quartet from Orebro, Sweden doesn’t play metal, be forewarned, not even hard rock, still “Euphoria” reveals some truly heavy moments! Two are the main pillars of DM’s sonic empire: psychedelia and folk. Whoever can imagine a hedonic mixture of Grateful Dead in their acid country era, of H.P Lovecraft, Byrds, Jethro Tull when heavy, of Quciksilver Messenger Service and Traffic…well he/she is then capable of a closer anticipation of this group’s magic. A group so unique! Comparing their debut with this offering, a tedious mission, we would focus on Euphoria’s progressive structures, even on the tracks that seem simpler. The apotheosis of their progressive aesthetics is the epic “Rest in Peace”, where melodies of Sabbath’s “Vol.4” echo distantly, as well as contemporary bands like Witchcraft or Troubled Horse. Dead Man dare to not repeat their splendid first record and to invest in more experimental, freak tunes, i.e. “Light Vast Corridors” and “A Pinch of Salt”… at the same time not avoiding their dreamy folk melodies. It seems to me that this album is deeper, more personal and rich in expression and feelings. The bans regales on its obsessions and preferences, thus sounding more immediate and closer to the listener’s psyche. Their polyphonic is an unmistakable trademark which the band follows with brilliant results. All members sing, making it really hard to distinguish who sings what, and they gently caress the lucky listeners’ soul. On their debut I wrote that Roger Chapman of Family fame is the catalyst of their influences when singing. Nowadays I tend to believe that this role is taken by Demis Roussos! Not many bands of our times compose songs that flirt with the evergreen…Dead Man surely belongs to that elite. I am personally amused to watch them being neglected by the majority of the mainstream rock press, while Wooden Shjips are being highly acclaimed. I just hope that by this review, justice has been paid to their phenomenal essence. I urge you all, with every cell of my body and soul, to listen to this absolutely brilliant underground group. Reviewed by: © Vasilis Zaharopoulos (progster75@hotmail), for METAL HAMMER GREECE. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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