OK, probably my favorite local band (and maybe even favorite all around band behind Disturbed) is Dead Season
. I guess they're like a cross between Kill Switch Engage (who I absolutely can't stand) and Disturbed. The lead vocals range from semi-melodic to what I think is the best "Cookie Monster Voice" in the industry, it's gravely, but it doesn't sound like he's shouting or killing his throat, it's somehow natural sounding. The songs are very complex, not what you usually associate with local music. They usually
mix the flow of the songs up so they remain interesting rather than repeating the same lines over and over, they tend to alter the chorus, and the endings often go a different direction than the rest of the song so you feel like there's an actual resolution to the song rather than fading off into a hack ending of repeated lines. The subject matter varies greatly, often very personal reflections on the band's life and people about them. Singing songs about cancer, the homeless, their parents and roll models and what not. In some cases the songs are directed towards a character or even the listeners, asking them questions or making requests. It's really brilliant writing all around with no lack for lyrics and I never get tired of hearing it.
Their best songs are streamed on their Myspace page
and can be found on Napster and iTunes, but here are my favorites:American Nothing
- Probably an anti-war/anti-Bush song, but it's never specific. Alone again. You are deserving of the same as the pain you've caused. You can't afford the mistakes you've been making, the loss of your conscience you'll pay. Always earning their trust with a life of excuses, it all circles back guaranteed, now you bleed.Break the Silence
- This one's about speaking out against violence, particularly child abuse, but if anyone has caught up with the Naruto manga [spoiler]it really reminds me of the conversation where Madara is trying to convince Sasuke to join his side[/spoiler]. Living a lie, I wish you could see yourself. Holding inside the pain that's been killing you. you've bee denied the chance just to be yourself. This is your time release what's been killing you. The pain that's been killing you! Beneath those scars there is a child who's hopes and dreams come true!Cancer
- A plead for help in finding a cure for cancer and trying to get more people involved in the search. "Find us an answer, we're dying of cancer. No one is safe the cancer's coming for you. If only your anger could cure all the cancer, someone you love would still be right here with you!"
- This one I'm pretty sure was dedicated to one of the band member's fathers. I really want to make a Simon/Kamina AMV out of it. "Everything you've given me, you will always be my hero. Honesty. Integrity. The strength I see in you is in me. Everything that you have been, you will aways be my hero. Family, is everything, the strength I see in you will always be a part of what is me!
- Song about fighting for individuality and keeping your child-like innocence. "Trying to be myself, the only way I know how. A promise I made myself living the only way I know how.
""Never decide to grow old!
- About living life to the fullest because the end is coming for all of us and nobody is immortal. Probably their most upbeat and inspirational song while also having a strong sense of despair. "This is the end, it's never ending. All I know is in the end I'll you again. Everything starts again in the end
- As expected it's a song about reflecting on the past and deciding if changes are needed for the future. "And I hope that I know, where I stand, when it's time to face the mirror in my hand.
"Pain Brings me Life
- On the surface it sounds like song about masochism, but it's actually about how our hardships are what makes us what we are. "I'll take this pain and hold it, mold it, and make it fuel my life
.""Time falls away. I'm gone today. Lies, honesty. I can not be broken
."You Keep me Alive
- A song about someone dying, but trying to survive, far away from their family. "You will always be here in my mind, you were keeping me alive. You will always be with me, always be with me, you're keeping me alive.
- In contrast to "The End" talking about accepting our mortality, Revelation 6 is about fighting against death. "Running, death has been coming, death has me running."Thunder Rolls
- Yep, Garth Brooks cover about a woman and her unfaithful and abusive husband. It's sung as a straight up cover for the first part, but it does change up around half way.The One
- About the difficulties in trying to let go of the past and make changes for the better. "So I let go, living the life I know and it's haunting me, it wont free me!
"I don't see the cup as half empty or half full, I see the cup as too big." - Jeremy Clarkson (Top Gear)