Drop Dead, Gorgeous
Hot N' Heavy


3.5
great

Review

by Levie Galapon USER (3 Reviews)
May 28th, 2009 | 42 replies


Release Date: 2009 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Combining/Expanding the melodic sound of WTAFT and the aggressive nature of In Vogue, DDG has created their most refined release to date.

With the release of Worse Than a Fairy Tale; Drop Dead, Gorgeous has changed their style of music from bland metal core (In Vogue) to a melodic form of Post-Hardcore. Hot-N-Heavy basically takes the best of both albums and makes combines them near perfectly in one album. Taking another leap in musicianship, DDG once again proves to us that they are better than most practitioners of their repetitive genre.

Killing A Classic: This song already starts the album off with more screaming than most parts of WTAFT. After a burst of aggressiveness, it get’s catchy as reminiscent of their past album. This song is a very good example of how the album will sound like. Song structure wise it is somewhat varied, it does have a chorus but in between it is always different. The chorus isn’t that strong but it doesn’t get boring either. 3/5

Southern Lovin’ (Belle of The Ball): This song basically sounds like a b-side of WTAFT. It’s not a bad song. It starts off catchy and has its aggressive parts. The chorus is very melodic which makes up for it sounding exactly like a WTAFT song. It ends on a high note with a small tempo change near the end. 3/5

Beat The Devil Out of It: This is where the album starts to kick off. It showcases some of DDG’s best musicianship in their whole career combining the perfect amount of tempo changes with melodic and aggressive parts, this song is a win. I’m really glad DDG didn’t make this song drag out longer than it should have, being a pretty short song, it is still actually cool. 4/5

Two Birds One Stone: This is pretty much the catchiest song on the whole album period. Heck, I’m singing this one right now. It’s very poppy which is kind of weird, especially if you knew them since Be Mine Valentine. Anyways, this is most likely going to be their first single and is the song that will make people want to buy the album. It fellows the more conventional verse chorus verse thing but throughout the song you can tell members of the band are trying to mix up their parts to make it interesting and not repetitive. 4.5/5

Sue Simmons! Watch Your Mouth: Starts off aggressively and does not let up from there, well sorta. This song basically has some of the heaviest parts through out the album. Again, this is like something from In Vogue. Combining super heavy parts with equally melodic parts, this is another gem in the album. There are very good tempo changes within this song, from really loud to softer sung parts then to fast melodic singing. This is one of the songs where you can notice the Keyboardist doing stuff. 4/5

Fame: Starts off pretty melodic then get’s back to heavy. This is one of the songs that features the band working together as one cohesive unit. You can hear all instruments (bass and keys included) working together to create a pretty sick song. There is actually a part in this song that sounds like a The Devil Wears Prada song because of the synths, however, DDG actually pulls it off very well. 4.5/5

(The) Internet Killed the Video Star: I believe this is the first song off the album DDG posted up on myspace a while back ago. I really liked it back then since it was more reminiscent of their older material than the new melodic stuff in WTAFT. But yeah, this song is pretty cool since it has the trade mark piano keys and aggressive screaming and singing. It has a good amount of tempo change to keep it up. Actually, now that I think of it, this song sounds like if anyone remembers “Knife vs. Face Round 1” from In Vogue. Heck it even follows the same song structure. It’s still a fun song though. 3/5

Can’t Fight Biology: This song starts off pretty boring actually. When I first heard it I just wanted to skip it after the first 10 seconds. But then decided to keep listening to it for some reason. Anyways, after the boring beginning, it then slows down in tempo and get’s pretty soft for a while. A soft sung and an actual guitar buildup can then be heard! It then gets into all out singing! This is one of the cooler clean vocal parts. It also features some of the coolest guitar work in the album! After this parts it get’s aggressive again but a lot better than the beginning. Right when you think the song is finished, it explodes again into screaming and singing. I really don’t like the intro of the song, if they could remove that then it would be a pretty awesome song. 4/5

There’s No Business Like Snow Business: This is a pretty standard/average song in the album. I mean it has some tempo changes but overall, it just doesn’t stand out too much in the album. It still has some pretty heavy moments reminiscent of In Vogue which is pretty cool for fans of that kind of stuff. 2.8/5

Interlude: Your standard instrumental song with purposely done crappy mastering in the fluency department. Sounds kind of creepy I guess. 3/5

Dirtier Than You Want to Know: This another pretty cool song. It’s one of the more aggressive songs on the album, features some wacky guitarring and effects, it makes a pretty neat song. This song features some of the heaviest/aggressive parts in the album. About half way into the song, tempo changes to a slower one. It then get’s soft and a sung part is played with everyone once again working together to create one cohesive band. One of the better songs off the album 4/5

We’re Planning, God’s Laughing: Yes this is the longest song off the album clocking in at 6 minutes, kind of reminiscent of “I Want To Master Life and Death” in scope. Starts off slow with slow beats and guitarring. Screamed vocals are then delivered, with everyone working together to create a pretty sweet sound. About halfway in, things get heavy, I was actually surprised at this part, it’s still slow but heavier. Then things start picking up from there with a catchy repeated singing part. After a little more aggression, more singing is then delivered, then both screaming and singing is heard, and everyone else. It then closes the album with drums coming to a end. All in all a pretty cool song, just too pretentious sort of. It was a little bit longer than it needed to be I think. 3.5/5

Conclusion: Today, there are a lot of bands that have been trying to do what Senses Fail did with “Let It Enfold You”, most of them failed. DDG on the other hand has created something somewhat original actually. I must really hand it to DDG, they really did do a good job at making a record cohesively mixing both melodic and aggressive parts. None of the songs really dragged out too long (except the last one). This album really is above average, something good, no great! 3.5-4/5


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Comments:Add a Comment 
jacobbd
May 28th 2009


3 Comments


The album is streaming...
www.imeem.com/ddgrock

roflrad
May 28th 2009


81 Comments


listening to the album right now, i liked WTAFT (even though a whole alot of people hated it) but so far this album is standing out alot more then WTAFT. not bad a 3.5 seems right for the album

Mordecai.
May 28th 2009


8279 Comments


Can't get into these guys. I wanted to like WTAFT because the concept was cool but the music was sooo bland.

ninjuice
May 28th 2009


6760 Comments


Please don't use acronyms for an entire review - at least spell out the album/band once or twice. I mean yeah, we can figure out what you mean but it just looks so much better.

elephantREVOLUTION
May 28th 2009


2744 Comments


i have hated these guys in the past but i still feel like i should check this out.

I second the acronyms comment

leviedman
May 28th 2009


36 Comments


LOL! Sorry guys, this is my first review. Next time I will spell it out for sure!

sspedding
May 28th 2009


4762 Comments


I will be very surprised if this album is anywhere near listenable after their last hamfisted effort. In Vogue was poor but had "Dressed For Friend Requests". However there have no negative comments (yet) I might check this out just in case.

alachlahol
May 28th 2009


7489 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

this vocalist needs to stop trying to sing. he should be screaming with his little creepy baby voice and nothing else goddamn

jacobbd
May 28th 2009


3 Comments


That other guy they have on vocals (on Fame, after the "she smells like Chanelle" bit) is reallly good. Why don't they keep him?

YouAreMySilence
May 28th 2009


3727 Comments


Have any of you guys seen the movie Mirrors?
You know when the chick pulls her jaw apart, thats what these guys make me want to do.
I might listen to this out of curiosity but WTAFT was soooo bad.

po0ty
May 29th 2009


488 Comments


Never liked these guys really, vocalist gets under my skin.

cirq
May 29th 2009


9264 Comments


so far this album is ehhh :/ def not great

Lucid
Contributing Reviewer
May 29th 2009


7026 Comments


Will check this out, even though In Vogue was trash.

Digging: Perfume Genius - Too Bright

cleary21
May 31st 2009


671 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

you guys just gotta keep an open mind

yea in vogue was about as immature as it gets but knife v face and dressed for friend requests were kind awesome and so were 2 or two other songs

WTAFT was a little out there but i wanna master life and death was breathtaking. A few other songs were solid too

I intend to review this i hope it's decent

sspedding
June 1st 2009


4762 Comments


i can hear this is already lightyears ahead of their previous efforts, i just hope it compares to even average metalcore efforts at least by the time i have listened to the end.

loseit13
June 1st 2009


226 Comments


hows the vocals???

sspedding
June 1st 2009


4762 Comments


Not great, still pretty weak. An improvement on the previous too efforts. Less baby sounding wailing but he is still screaming rather than that excuse of a vocal he was pulling out WTAFT.

loseit13
June 1st 2009


226 Comments


couldn't stand it but i just went on their myspace and it is alot better. Though saying that still not good enough for me

sspedding
June 1st 2009


4762 Comments


this is what i mean. Its a monumental improvement but that is only from a 1 to maybe a 2.5. Its certainly not groundbreaking though thats for sure.

loseit13
June 1st 2009


226 Comments


probably give it another listen on their myspace but don't think that would help



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