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Album Review: Theory of a Deadman - Savages (2014 LP)

With their upcoming release of Savages, Canadian band, Theory of a Deadman bring to the table a mixture of post-grunge elements with an edgy, alternative rock style in this anticipated album. It's safe to say that they have become much more creative and have taken a number of musical risks, exploring further into their unique genre of rock.

Needless to say, the first listen to this album made me confused. Although it seemed all over the place, it was very consistent in terms of the tracks even though there was no particular theme to it. What I feel like I've come across is that they have pretty much displayed their two musical genres in one album. The first half is hard-rock and all things grungy-like. With their opening track, "Drown", it had such a heavy rock introduction and deep, harsh vocals that it gave off the vibe that the release would be something you'd pop into your CD player while feeling angry and frustrated. "Savages" was a perfectly done track showing solid formation of the band with fierce-inducing electric guitar strumming with an upbeat drum sequence. The chorus is quite catchy and Alice Cooper's guest vocals complement the track quite well.

It took me by surprise listening to their softer side of rock with a beautiful ballad in "The One". For a post-grunge/heavy rock band, you would not expect that at all but for me, it was a genuinely pleasant surprise. I feel like the band themselves have perfectly executed their slower numbers because you can really feel the emotions behind Tyler's graceful vocals. Featuring Joe Don Rooney of Rascal Flatts, "Livin' My Life Like A Country Song", shows a much vibrant and enthusiastic side, introducing a country number that will definitely be enjoyed by people needing a pick-me-up. It may be pretty cheesy for some but it definitely adds quite an array of variety to the release.

Overall, Theory of a Deadman have shown quite a creative flair and were brave enough to introduce post-grunge tracks as well as the occasional upbeat, country songs. It feels like an odd combination at first but it doesn't stray away from the fact that they're pretty damn talented at what they do.

Review Score: 7.5 out of 10

Savages is released July 25th through Warner Music Australia.