Monday, March 02, 2009

Idols are dead-Mean

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I have heard a number of promising bands from Italy in recent months. Mostly glam bands though. Idols are dead hail from Italy play a style of metal that would likely be described as modern although with some definite classic metal influences. They are not too far removed from bands such as Avenged Sevenfold and Bullet for my valentine. There are heavy on including soaring melodies and they really do have a strong sense of how get the most of those melodies. There are definitely some classic metal influences here as well. I hear Metallica and Judas Priest for starters. They must be fans of Guns and Roses too because they knock out a cover of "It's so easy" although it's just a fair version at best. Idols are dead play a tight style and they give a good attempt at fusing heavy, blood pumping riffs with some pop sensibilities. The results are hit and miss though, but certainly more on the positive side. There is no doubt that they understand the importance of creating a powerful song structure. They know how to organize all their piece and mainly do a fine job of maintaining a strong flow through the entire song. Also they try to mix up styles some and that works in keep the interest level relatively high. The biggest shortcoming I hear is the same one I notice in a number of modern metal bands. That is the fact that they just can't let go and plunge forth with a full head of steam. Anything that is kind of heavy still seems like it's held in check by either slick production or a fear of disturbing the overall feel of the song. Whether it's apprehension or not, this choice not to go full throttle has me thinking they like playing heavy metal band more than they want to be a real metal band. That may sound harsh, but that's how it makes me feel. Still there is a lot here to enjoy and they are on the right track. If they just keep pushing forward and let loose a little more often then they may really be a band to watch for in the future.

www.idolsaredead.com

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1 Comments:

Blogger FZ said...

So glad I stumbled across your blog-
I'm a huge GnR fan and love covers, but there aren't really a whole lot of GnR covers out there.

I think they did a great job on It's So Easy. I'd never heard of this band before.

I like the guitar and bass on the more mellow parts.

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