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D-A-D – Dic.Nii.Lan.Daft.Erd.Ark (DeLuxe Edition) Review

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Released By: AFM Records

Release Date: Out Now!!

Genre: Rock

Link: http://www.d-a-d.dk/

 

Line Up:

Jesper Binzer – vocals/guitar

Jacob Binzer – guitar

Stig Pedersen – bass

Laust Sonne – drums

 

Tracklist:

01. A New Age Moving In

02. I Want What She’s Got

03. The End

04. Fast On Wheels

05. The Place Of The Heart

06. Last Time In Neverland

07. Breaking Them Heart By Heart

08. We All Fall Down

09. Wild Things In The Woods

10. Can’t Explain What It Means

11. Drag Me To The Curb

12. Your Lips Are Sealed

 

01. I Want What She’s Got (Acoustic)

02. The End (Acoustic)

03. A New Age Moving In (Acoustic)

04. Last Time In Neverland (Acoustic)

05. The Place Of The Heart (Acoustic)

06. A New Age Moving In (Live)

07. Jihad (Live)

08. The End (Live)

09. Everything Glows (Live)

10. Ridin’ With Sue (Live)

11. Monster Philosophy (Live)

12. We All Fall Down (Live)

13. Last Time In Neverland (Live)

14. I Want What She’s Got (Live)

15. God’s Favorite (Live)

16. The Place Of The Heart (Live)

 

The Danish rock outfit is back with record number eleven. D-A-D is entering a fourth decade of making straight-head rock tunes by blending in hints of glam, alternative, blues, and modern rock. The album title is a reminder of what the original name of the band was before a certain mouse threatened legal action, Disneyland After Dark. The sonic feel is stripped down to the basics letting the melodies, hooks, varying guitar tones, and Jesper’s raspy to high vocals cater to a simplistic approach. The twelve tracks cover a wide variety of tempos and song styles.

The impressive pounder “A New Age Moving In” opens the album with massive riffs and sonic thunder. Based in the classic metal sound that keeps delivering. The pop feel of “I Want What She’s Got” rides a radio-friendly chorus that sticks. It’s the catchiest song on the album. Another huge memorable chorus waits in “The End”. It’s one of the bands heaviest tracks that pulls from the modern rock side. “Fast On Wheels” follows that trend with its up-tempo pace and vocal melodies and its one of the gems on the record.

Kicking up decibels is “The Place Of The Heart”. Heavy riffs punctuate this straight ahead rocker. “Last Time In Neverland” is fueled by the vocal attitude that plays off the groove laid down by the rhythm section. More hooks appear in “Breaking Them Heart By Heart”. A pop influence that paces between subdued verses into heavy rock choruses that has a bit of a Foo Fighter vibe to it. The ballad “We All Fall Down” is next with an eerie piano setting the table. The alternative sounding “Wild Things In The Woods” offers more feel than memorability . The blues influenced “Can’t Explain What It Means” has some cool moments but like the previous track doesn’t match the level of previous songs. Back to basics best describes “Drag Me To The Curb”. It’s three minutes of fantastic full-throttle rock n’ roll. The surprising closer “Your Lips Are Sealed” is an emotional somber ballad.

The deluxe edition offers another 16 songs that would cater more to the die-hard D-A-D fans. Five tracks are acoustic versions of songs from the new album. The other eleven are live that not only pull from the new album but past numbers as well. Highlighted by rousing renditions of “Jihad” and “Monster Philosophy”, the new material sounds even more powerful live, especially “Last Time In Neverland” and “The New Age Moving In”.

Overall the “Dic.Nii.Lan.Daft.Erd.Ark” is a good record with plenty of rocking stuff with memorable hooks and melodies. The albums strength is found in “Fast On Wheels”, “Last Time In Neverland” and “Breaking Them Heart By Heart”. Trying to match the brilliance of “No Fuel Left For The Pilgrims” may be impossible but this release is certainly a step in that direction.

 

Written by Jeff

Ratings    Jeff    7/10

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