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The Dead Season

The Dead Season: Spilling My Thoughts Of YouSpilling My Thoughts Of You (2004)
self-released

Reviewer Rating: 2


Contributed by: theundergroundscenetheundergroundscene
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Listen up, young bands: There is no better way to dig your own grave than to sound like everyone else. The Dead Season, while not an awful band, are extremely criminal of this cardinal sin of unoriginality. It's metalcore, very plain metalcore at that. You've got your double bass, your shrieking,.


Listen up, young bands: There is no better way to dig your own grave than to sound like everyone else. The Dead Season, while not an awful band, are extremely criminal of this cardinal sin of unoriginality.

It's metalcore, very plain metalcore at that. You've got your double bass, your shrieking, your breakdowns, and your anthemic pieces. It's got bits of Zao, As I Lay Dying, and Evergreen Terrace. So what's not to like? Basically, this comes down to a judgment call: If you like all metalcore, you'll like this. If you're sick of a lot of music that the "scene" has been puking out every so often, then chances are you should probably avoid this band at all costs. I'm with the latter; this isn't the plague, but more like a decently bad case of the clap.

The nail in the coffin for these New Jersey upstarts is that nothing in any song particularly stands out. Even at your most attentive, the seventeen-minute EP flies by without notice. Granted, the screaming sounds rather nice, resembling more Saetia than Evergreen Terrace (ironically, vocalist Ernie Trent has since been replaced by a more generic screamer *sigh*), and the assorted clean guitar parts are also a welcome, but every other aspect of the band's debut effort goes by unnoticed. The music simply fails to jump out and really attack you, like a quality hardcore record should. The breakdowns are tame and uninteresting, and the drumming is predictable, save a rather sweet rhythm displayed in the intro of "Through The Eyes Of…" Each song blends into the other, and without a distinct and explosive beginning or end to the album, it simply seems as if the band is just going through the motions. Chalk this up to being juvenile, if you must. The most complete song on this EP is by and large "Through The Eyes Of…," which is, in all fairness, a rather exceptional hardcore song. Unfortunately, the Dead Season fail to capture the magic of that one song through four others, creating a sensation of let-down.

You could do worse than the Dead Season, who seem to be jumping to the front of the local New Jersey hardcore scene, but you could also do much, much better. There are few flashed of good things to come, but ultimately, this is a bore.

Click here to listen to "When Grey Skies Fall," "While I Breathe, I Hope," and their newest song, "With Me."

A quick note - the new song (I am unsure whether or not it is being included on the original copies of the album of not) features a new vocalist and *gulp* singing, which leads me to believe that the band is heading in what seems to be the wrong direction, especially considering that "With Me" is infinitely less interesting than anything to be found on the Spilling My Thoughts Of You EP. Take notice.

 


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theundergroundscene (August 18, 2005)

a few things:

this is the band's old demo cd

those linked songs do not work anymore

they have since been replaced with "a chord in brunswick" which is a new song that's actually damn good

i was a bit unfair to these guys, especially the new vocalist

my intention was to edit this before it was posted, but i have no one to blame but myself, as my opinion of the cd itself still stands

stevejonestherealbones (August 1, 2005)

i dont know why i like some of their songs. i really dont. and every night i hate myself for it

- jones the bones

- stevejones8770@yahoo.com

Anonymous (July 30, 2005)

YES dead season from ontario rocked, i have the total unreleased discography. its 21 songs, no titles tho. its too bad that band never stuck it out

Anonymous (July 30, 2005)

Who here from Ontario remembers the band "Dead Season"? Now they were AWESOME

theundergroundscene (July 29, 2005)

shit, i wanted to edit this before it got posted, but whatever, it's fine as is

what i wanted to say was that their new song, "a chord in brunswick," is pretty darn good, their best song yet

it almost made me feel bad for slamming them so much

but oh well, score is for the actual ep! not their future efforts

stevejonestherealbones (July 29, 2005)

its bands like these that avenged sevenfold didnt make that metalcore album that everyone on this site so desperately wanted them to make

- jones the bones

- stevejones8770@yahoo.com

- now say you never liked them...its cool, itl be our secret

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