Entering A Riff-Fuelled Land...
… and it’s gonna blow your mind. Straight from Athens, Deaf Radio just lends a missile on the desert rock scene. ‘Alarm‘, their first album, melts perfectly a raw rock music, with some desert rock influences, some smooth moments and a lot of catchy riffs/rhythms. It results in one of the most enjoyable albums of this new year.
Released in early January, Dimitris Sakellariou (guitar/vocals), Panos Gklinos (guitar/vocals), Antonis Mantakas (bass/backing vocals), George Diathesopoulos (drums/backing vocals) put real energy in this record, you can feel it. Two years after the publication of a single, they’re back, with a 9-tracks record of impressive rock sounds.
How is the sound ?
Opening with a catchy riff, ‘Aggravation‘ closes the gates between you and the outdoor world. Letting us dive into their post-rock world, Deaf Radio sink us slowly in an ocean of melodic rhythms, led by awesome vocals. ‘Backseats‘ and ‘Vultures & Killers‘ will drive you on a desert highway, surrounded by cactus, hyena, and coyotes. Pushed by some skilled guitar works and fuzzed bass lines, the sound blasts your head back. I absolutely dig the drum rhythm too, giving a fantastic groove to the whole.
‘Anytime‘ is a more relaxed track, swinging between some nifty vocals and some sweet bass/drums patterns. ‘Flowerhead‘ follow this example, sounding heavier than the other ones. The percussions hit hard, as the guitars send fuzzed out vibes in the air. The lyrics are really catchy and the vocals, sometimes powerful and sometimes high-pitched leave a sensational feeling.
Totally mind-killer, ‘Revolving Doors‘ and ‘Trapped‘ show us a different side of the band. And it’s a great thing ! All the influences they put in their sound give a fresh and new vibe. It’s pretty difficult, nowadays, to sound original and to release something that people didn’t already hear. But they totally dig it, because of a great songwriting in the tracks and by letting us the opportunity to listen to some new grooves and riffs. ‘Oceanic Feeling‘ and ‘…And We Just Pressed the Alarm Button‘ ends up this awesome road trip. They go deeper, playing with their sound and create an outstanding atmosphere. The last track is fantastic, mixing the fuzzed riffs of the first tracks and the atmosphere of the lasts, bringing here a beautiful way to close their record.
‘Alarm’ from Deaf Radio is a truly great experience, that I recommend. As a trip you want to never end, a drive you want to never stop or a memory you want to revive again and again, this record will leave an unforgettable mark in your brain.
Why is this album worth listening ?
- Deaf Radio succeed in the art of melting influences, giving us a sensation of a constant new trip.
- The two guitars give the best of their possibility and the rhythm section set some powerful vibes.
- All the lyrics and vocals from all the songs are refreshing. The mix between resonant and high-pitched voices is a very good call.
In what situation you should listen to this album ?
A road-trip in the desert seems the perfect situation, but, if you don’t have a desert next to you, a beer and a smoke after a long day of work can make it works.
For Fans Of
QOTSA, 1000Mods, Black Pussy, Beastmilk, Plainride
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