Death By Stereo - Into The Valley Of Death (Cover Artwork)

Death By Stereo

Death By Stereo: Into The Valley Of DeathInto The Valley Of Death (2003)
Epitaph Records

Reviewer Rating: 4.5
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In the past, hardcore rockers Death By Stereo have been reguarded as more than the typical hardcore band, known for their intense live shows and the sucess of other epitaph releases, they have built up quite a following, and this release "Into the valley of death" will only see it growing more. .
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In the past, hardcore rockers Death By Stereo have been reguarded as more than the typical hardcore band, known for their intense live shows and the sucess of other epitaph releases, they have built up quite a following, and this release "Into the valley of death" will only see it growing more.

The first few tracks set the pace for the album, fast, intense and hard, "The Plague" "Beyond The Blinders" and "Wasted Words" from last year's punk-o-rama start out the album and show exactly what the listener is in for.

DBS has, to use a cliche, matured as a band, intricate guitar work laces every song and the band, as a unit has come together even better than previous efforts. While there are not surprises at ever corner, DBS has thrown enough curveballs into the mix to make this more interesting than previous efforts.

This album seemingly never slows down, with it's intense beat it rocks from start to finish, and still there are DBS' long and insightful song titles such as "You're a bullshit salesman with a mouth full of samples", this is clearly still DBS.

With this release, DBS has made something that is a rarity in these Metal-core infested days...an actual hardcore album, by not trying to be a hardcore, emo and metal band at the same time, DBS is showing From Autumn to Ashes how its done, and at the same time showing everyone that you don't need a dude who screams and a dude who whines in every band. This is hardcore, and Death By Stereo have taken the reigns.

This band isnt starting a revoloution with this one, but it is still incredibly enjoyable and a gem to any fan of the genre. If you enjoyed Death By Stereo's previous releases, you will love this one, as it is one step beyond their past, and if you are not a fan as of yet I suggest you check this out, especially if you like other bands of the sort. This band gets better with every release and hold a bright future in front of them.


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dbug (February 24, 2009)

I saw these guys for the first time with Trio. These guys rock SO hard!!

FAST_ED (May 18, 2006)

This is the last album that Jim Miner wrote with the band, and for that....it fucking rules. Listen to the difference in song writing between the first three records and Death for Life. DFL still rules but the J. Miner era was something truly to behold.

Anonymous (March 26, 2006)

I like their music, but a don't really care for the vocalist, it kind of annoys me.

Converge is grind, Hahaha!
Has he/she ever listened to grindcore?

maggie420 (January 27, 2006)

rude album.. too bad i lost it when i was drunk..

miff (December 4, 2005)

what the fuck was that wanker on when he or she (wel even ladyboy cos u do get them) said that converge were grindcore

miff (December 4, 2005)

wow first comment for two years

Manman (July 28, 2003)

Whoa, hold on there, matey! These guys have some issues. First off, why does this guy have to say anything about Catholic priests when everyone already knows that and feels that way? It is obvious that his hatred comes from a different angle. He is jealous that Catholic priests get to "have all the fun." What a wierd-o! Second thing, this guy really hates the US. Why? Because Fat Mike is pulling the strings. These guys don't even come up with an original idea or angle about it. It's the same-"We hate the country we live in", "We hate the hand that feeds us", "I hate my dad", "Why can't I get 'lucky' like Catholic priests", and "Stop killing people, and Kill Americans!"
They are unoriginal in their views, and even less creative in their delivery. "...in a country that was built on lies and murder from the start." Whoa, that is a mouthful, buddy. I suppose French monarchs were kind and Russian Czars didn't use their people as cannon fodder. This guy should take a history class and find out that this country wasn't built on lies and murder like the countries that helped form this one.
Lastly, this guy needs to shut his mouth about that cute little Furby toy. Those things are so punk rock! They rock back and forth and say "A.K." which I follow with "47!" They are truly punks in pink. Plus they sing and suck a lot. So what does Dragon Ball Sze have against them? Same things I do. The little wretches are stealing the punk scene better than all the stupid rehash these guys can produce.
Yeouch! These guys can make a song, but the lyrics are another matter. Wasted words, wasted words indeed. They are like NOFX but with a better tune. Punk? No. Kunp? Yes.

Anonymous (April 28, 2003)

Did anyone else pick up on the content of the track "I wouldn't piss on your eyelids if your brain was on fire"? Its obviously about all that crap from Warped and the bus last year. Pretty good tune.


Anonymous (April 28, 2003)

Yes, I have reconsidered my "classic" statement. There hasn't been and probably won't be another DBS album as good as their first, which was classic. But, that doesn't mean that this album should be tossed aside, as it is still pretty damn good, containing a few "classic" level DBS songs. So, you don't need to bitch just cause a band can't make every album the one that blows your mind if they can keep putting out solid releases on the thunder of something that once blew your mind. That may sound dumb, but DBS doesn't.

-El Vaquero

Anonymous (April 27, 2003)

wyzo get over it. Metallica hasn't put out a good album in almost a decade & a half.

Pssh. Yeah right. Everything they've done has been excellant. Well, Reload was a little forced, but I'd still pick that over most albums I hear now. I'd rather take the Load albums than another And Justice For All or Kill 'Em All. Metallica fucking rocks.

Just wait for St. Anger. That album is going to blow away everything.

Anonymous (April 25, 2003)

wyzo get over it. Metallica hasn't put out a good album in almost a decade & a half.

(super cool metal scenester part)

***points at wyzo****
Ha! Ha! I saw Metallica live BEFORE Cliff Burton died. Once on the RTL tour, twice on the MOP tour. I'm more metal than you!!!

Anonymous (April 25, 2003)

why is this album listenable? am i not in with the new we sound metal but deny rock and roll scene? This is the anathema of there first record, the song titles sound obligatory, the guitars are rehashed, and the songs are just over drawn out midtempo rock songs done with pitch harmonics.

its shit like this being deemed a classic, that makes me want to sit alone and ask cliff burton where we all went wrong.

First this, then st. anger's gonna suck.
bass tossing wyzo

Anonymous (April 24, 2003)

This is the last comment that will ever be made by rancid punx. Live long and like prossfer or something. -rancid punx

r. I. P

Anonymous (April 24, 2003)

Wow, after listening to this whole disc over on epitaph around 5 or 6 complete times, all i can say is "fuck." I really wish I had some money right now, cause this is at the top of my list. Go listen to it, the whole e-card thing is a great idea, you can figure out if an album is absolutely classic or not. This one is. Go buy it.

-El Vaquero

Kevin11 (April 23, 2003)

"Did they not mention your name at all? Thats pretty fucked up..."

....yea, i'm bothered by that. Put my name on it! Kevin Clark! make it happen!

Anonymous (April 23, 2003)

wow, that rancid(whatever) kid seems a little homophobic. I commend anyone who's secure enough with their package enough to whip it out in front of a crowd of people. I know I'm not.
That said, DBS blew me away when Warped Tour came to Barry (in Canada). They were the first band I saw that day and the best. I loved when they sent the circle pit out to the other stage to grab all those kids waiting to see Simple Plan. (move or get trampled) It was awesome.


sickboi (April 23, 2003)

Did they not mention your name at all? Thats pretty fucked up...

Kevin11 (April 23, 2003)

Yea, i'm pretty happy it's on epitaph.com!

Anonymous (April 23, 2003)

this album is crap.

FortyMinutesWest (April 23, 2003)

This review is featured on Epitaph.com,good job dude.

Anonymous (April 23, 2003)


FortyMinutesWest (April 23, 2003)

Converge isn't grind.

Anonymous (April 23, 2003)

im sure a lot of metal core kids will get offended by that statement

converge arent hardcore. they r grindcore. good band, but not hardcore.. ok bash me

Anonymous (April 23, 2003)

I never wanna see any band who shows his penis to everyone in the crowd. It seems kinda gay to me. Th casualties kick fuckin ass yay!!!!

-rancid punx

Anonymous (April 23, 2003)

what's up with Efrem's hair!? It's cool, he kind of reminds me of H.R. (no not henry rollins) in that video.

FortyMinutesWest (April 23, 2003)

Emo Holocaust, and most of the stuff DBS does is tongue in cheek, so don't take that too seriously.

Anonymous (April 23, 2003)

I love these guys, but that new video on the Epitaph site is so bad...

1) It totally apes the style of that Hives' video (Main Offender I think?).

2) The effects look so public access TV.

I dunno, I want them to do well, I just didn't think it worked. That said, their music rips.

GreenVandal (April 23, 2003)

These guys totally underwhelmed me at warped tour. They came off as total steak heads. I dont know enough about them to pass judgement, but after that performance im pretty sure they are way overrated. "Emo Homicide" huh? Please.

Kurt_F (April 23, 2003)

I saw these guys on he Volcom stage at Warped Tour last year, and thier singer was pissed that nobody was moving around, and he kept pointing at people and saying "I'm coming after you" and eventually jumped off stage and started running into people. He then backed up and pulled out his dick and started flopping it around and grabbing while insulting the crowd. I was hooked after that. These guys are pissed. Some of the dudes from The Casualties who were in the crowd were kinda stunned too. Some punkers they are.

joeg (April 23, 2003)

dbs does it again. get this album.

_911 (April 22, 2003)

this album rocks.. best dbs album..

sickboi (April 22, 2003)

That video for "Wasted Words" is really fucking creepy. AFI and A3 should take note, thats some scary shit.

vmac (April 22, 2003)

amazing record

Anonymous (April 22, 2003)

This band should grasp the attention of all those nu-metal fans! -insincere dave-

Anonymous (April 22, 2003)

Raised Fist blasts every other band out of the water.

AstroVince (April 22, 2003)

I'm digging this album. Efrem's screams/growls are really awesome.

Anonymous (April 22, 2003)

Whoa this CD is really good. This is the the third actual really good CD that has came out this year. There probly wont be any more really good CDs untill alkaline tri,LTJ, and rancid release there new CDs.

-RaNcId PuNx

pope_schlomo (April 22, 2003)

operaman on SNL was kind of cool


Anonymous (April 22, 2003)

Opera, and yes he is. On this album he just went nuts with the vocals.

-El Vaquero
opera kicks ass

Anonymous (April 22, 2003)

Efrem is the punkrock opraman.(sp?)


Anonymous (April 22, 2003)

i thought the singer from suicide file was the old singer from no reply......

or are we talking about the same guy?

Anonymous (April 22, 2003)

DBS' first drummer has played for far too many bands, but currently fronts the very rocking Suicide File.

This particular album is quite good as well.

Anonymous (April 22, 2003)

As far as lyrics go, I think "Shhhh, It'll be our little secret" is by far their best

thefirstfive (April 22, 2003)

these guys rocked my ass at warped tour.

Anonymous (April 22, 2003)

great fucking band. go listen to this album right now. its streaming over at epitaph.com

Anonymous (April 22, 2003)

Well, it's no Rancid...

Haha, kidding, kidding...I just felt like someone had to say that.

turdcorn (April 22, 2003)

Sickboi played this shit in my car and I liked what I heard. I'll be picking it up.

Anonymous (April 22, 2003)

the first non epitaph album was good, then the guys voice got less hardcore more whiny, and they got more metal. They went from DLR to Sammy hagar. bad move fellas.


Anonymous (April 22, 2003)

The advantage is all mine

Anonymous (April 22, 2003)

i know i'll be picking this one up but i bet no song on that album can compare to "no cuts, no butts, no coconuts," "lookin at for no.1," "sticks and bones".......well the whole looks could kill album.

(that album is so fucking sweet)

Anonymous (April 22, 2003)

By God, buy this CD if you have any blood pumping in your pathetic little body....if you're wearing shoes, better take them off or your socks are gonna get blown right through them!

FortyMinutesWest (April 22, 2003)

DBS' first drummer filled in with Hope Conspiracy for a while.

Anonymous (April 22, 2003)

I'd have to disagree with you on this one, DBS has actually immatured over their releases, sure they've gone more metal, but their music is definitely less technical than on their first release? Do you remember their first drummer? HOLY SHIT, I want to know what he's doing. Yes, they've gone downhill since If Looks Could Kill, like many bands do, but DBS is still one of the most engrossing harcore acts around today, and I'll still buy this album because it just fucking rocks.

-El Vaquero

StratManX (April 22, 2003)

This album is amazing. I still can't get enough of Wasted Words which is one of the best songs I've heard in a while.

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