If you are a regular reader of Rip It Up, you will know of our continuing discovery of bands hailing from Poland. Major Kong and Belzebong are the prime examples of this, and we are finding that the country is a rich source of music, all the bands seeming to invest a lot of time and effort into musicianship and production. The two bands mentioned have hardly been off my ipod playlist in the last month. No exception to this rule is Death Denied, a four-piece band hailing from Łódź. Proffering a brand of Southern Metal that is unashamedly all about good times, these guys have been in touch to tell us about what they do – and we like it!
Death Denied are Szafar on Vocals, Tasior on guitar and vocals, Kiemzo also on guitar, Vincent – bass and vocals and Wrona playing drums. Between them they have managed to whip up a spot-on bit of metallic good time rock n roll. Their EP, a five track affair entitled ‘Appetite for Booze’, leaves you in no doubt where Death Denied stand. The name might be somewhat cliched, but the music is a cut above the majority of what we end up being presented with.
Loud, well produced and dripping with the authentic Southern, Bourbon-soaked sound, the EP starts off with ‘This is How We Roll‘ – bringing to mind later Corrosion of Conformity, with a nice line in metallic guitar licks and melody. Vocals are good and gruff, and choruses are rousing. ‘Sssnakes‘, the next track, kicks off with a storming riff, thick, solid bass and pounding drums creating excitement. The band uses restraint quite well, with quiet passages giving way to all-out choruses. There are elements of Metallica visible within the blusey Southern sound. ‘Murky Waters‘ could be playing on a jukebox in a truckstop populated by dungareed, pick up driving good ol’ boys, such is its dirty, slow riffage. A mix of mid-period Metallica and bits of Lynyrd Skynyrd make this an evocative landscape of long, straight roads and hot sunshine. ‘Blind,’ the penultimate track, wades straight into a massive, bass-drum driven punch up which is far more metallic, but still with melody. The final track, ‘City of Dust‘, is six and a half minutes of straight heavy rock. Kind of a Soundgarden meets CoC sound, with vocals in a very James Hetfield style – and that track leaves us at the end of a really cracking EP.
This EP is a great release. and Death Denied are a band worth watching. Check it out below, and we will keep you updated on what they do next.