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Dead Poetic

As simply as the words slip off the lips of an imperative rock critic, their force can send shivers of dread down the spine of any aspiringmusician, circulate waves of disapproval amongst listeners, and ultimately set the tone for a band's future as they know it. It's called the"Sophomore Slump", and in the uncertain world of the music industry, it can become the definitive moment in a band?s career; A momentthat can either unravel to an untimely demise for a group, or if conquered, prove not only a maturity or growth in their sound, but a promisefor success to come.

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As simply as the words slip off the lips of an imperative rock critic, their force can send shivers of dread down the spine of any aspiringmusician, circulate waves of disapproval amongst listeners, and ultimately set the tone for a band's future as they know it. It's called the"Sophomore Slump", and in the uncertain world of the music industry, it can become the definitive moment in a band?s career; A momentthat can either unravel to an untimely demise for a group, or if conquered, prove not only a maturity or growth in their sound, but a promisefor success to come.

Dead Poetic has assertively opted for the latter. As the quintet prepares for the follow-up release to their debut album, "Four WallBlackmail", with their astoundingly more mature work entitled, "New Medicines," the band has no chance of being caught in the depths ofany slump at all. Instead, their straightforward hard rock stylings are sure to encompass listeners with their energy and colossal sound, andleave any doubts of sophomore success in their past.

"I think that 'New Medicines' is the type of album that we wanted to create for our first album, but we weren't there musically yet," explainsguitarist, Zach Miles. Lead vocalist Brandon Rike expands, "I also think it's an example of a band with a lot of potential, still trying to findtheir niche. This record completely blows the other record away, in our opinion. This record shows a confident band that has found theirniche..

Not that their previous effort need be discredited. Released in June 2002, "Four Wall Blackmail," recorded by the band just out of highschool, has garnered not only an instant fan base, but critical acclaim for their single "August Winterman," which received MTV2 attentionwith the release of its video. And with that success grew touring opportunities with some of their most prominent influences like Zao,Stavesacre and Project 86.

Still, with "New Medicines," starts a fresh beginning. With their foundation built strongly from their previous achievements, Dead Poetic hasventured to evolve as well. Adding an additional member, guitarist Todd Osborn has not only pushed them creatively, but improved thedepth of their sound as well. The band previously being penned in the hardcore genre is now breaking free with a true defining of their sound:full-blown, guitar-driven rock masterpieces.

"We've never felt comfortable anywhere in the 'hardcore' genre," Rike says. "It was more of a genre people threw us into based on our recordlabel and the shows we played. We're all lovers of good, heavy rock-n-roll. We grew up on Nirvana, Helmet and Green Day. We have no desireto be labeled anything other than hard rock-n-roll..

But one label they should be ready to take is that of a promising, up and coming band with a new found confidence and determination for theirfuture. Effortlessly leaping over any hurdle so many bands falter on in their second release, Dead Poetic is proving that in searching for theprescription for the Sophomore Slump, "New Medicines" is the cure so many bands look for, but aren't lucky enough to find. « hide

Similar Bands: Project 86, Emery, Norma Jean

LPs
Vices
2006

3.3
146 Votes
New Medicines
2004

3.7
226 Votes
Four Wall Blackmail
2002

3.3
96 Votes
Compilations
The Finest
2007

3.2
29 Votes

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