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Depswa
Two Angels and a Dream


1.5
very poor

Review

by FlawedPerfection EMERITUS
August 14th, 2006 | 14 replies


Release Date: 2003 | Tracklist


They say to not judge a book by its cover, but seriously, look at the track titles of this album. Prom Song? Needles? From the Inside? Sounds pretty cliché to me. However, I endeavored in this album because my brother’s singer suggested this on his site. He, like me, finds Silverchair and 30 Seconds to Mars better than most people. Plus, his name is Tyler. I expected a band similar to them, nothing technically challenging but an enjoyable listen. Most of all, I expected great vocals, seeing how he is a singer. I found terrible, uninspired music with even worse vocals. Depswa is just another nu-metal band that came all too late.

Depswa is:

Jeremy Penick: Lead Vocals, Guitars
Dan Noonan: Guitars, Vocals
Ryan Burchfield: Bass, Vocals
Gordon Heckaman: Drums, Samples

Depswa hails from Los Angeles, California. Well, that’s not much of a surprise. The band takes the 90s genre of grunge and mixes it with nu-metal to create a similar sound from bands like just about every other mainstream rock band. What makes this worse than a mainstream rock band is what keeps them from being mainstream. Even the lame catchy pop hooks attempted by the band fail. They attempt the typical quiet verse and loud chorus structure, but the climaxes are always underwhelming and the production of the album never exaggerates the two different feels enough. Everything is tracked at pretty much the same volume except for Penick’s vocals, which go higher than the rest of the band just as any band would track things. Gordon Heckaman, while he really does add samples, they are mostly random electronic beats that really don’t fit. He has the potential to add a lot to the band’s sound, but he never receives the opportunity. Unfortunately, Penick sings in every song from start to finish. 95% of the album is a Penick feature. Too bad his voice is incredibly lacking.

Penick sounds incredibly unoriginal. In the verses, he sings cleanly, not really holding any sort of recognizable tune, just singing off cliché lyrics at random. Upon reaching the chorus, he puts a tinge of metal screaming into his voice, but that as well is lackluster. He sounds like every other contemporary of his. As far as lyrics go, he puts out the same pseudo angry/sad lyrics. Nearly every line in his lyrics have been written before by another lyricist. A perfect example is shown in the first lyrics heard on the entire album in This Time.

I want to hurt you, don't know why
Though I know it's not like me
I cannot help it though I try
To keep you away


The music is equally underwhelming. Overall, nearly every song takes on an ABABCB song format. The A section, always the verse, is usually headed by a clean guitar riff. The guitar riffs are particularly uninspired and sound all too familiar. The bass plays the roots of the chord progression, which he does in every section of every song. He refuses to step out of his shell and stick out every once in a while, adding a slight bit of nuance to the music. The B section unleashes drop tuned power chords put together in stereotypical chord progressions. From song to song, the choruses are indistinguishable from each other. The C section at times is a breakdown with Penick adding shouted vocals overtop. The rhythms in the breakdowns are incredibly simple, never adding any syncopation or anything the least bit interesting. Together, this creates what Nigel Lythgoe uses to describe bad dancers—a “wet blanket.”

Of course, the band steps out of their shell a slight bit to attempt something different. Prom Song, the longest song on the album, is an attempt at a slow building song. However, this fails mainly because of the underwhelming climax at the end. Apparently, the band thinks distortion equals climax. However, the band sounds too loud from the start for this to work and the drums and bass lack the intensity to drive the guitars to a climatic level. Also, the band puts in echoed vocals to add to the “epic” feel of the song. However, this fails because both sides of the vocals struggle to carry the tune and the range of the notes. At the end of From the Inside, the band creates something interesting; however, it is only a 10 second outro. After a large, heavy section, everything drops out for a clean guitar riff that accentuates a slide up the fretboard. The riff gives a new feel and style about the song, and if they expanded on the idea, something better could have been created. However, it lasts for a short time and really fits terribly with the rest of the song. All in all, nothing in this album impresses for more than a few seconds, and should be avoided.

However, if for some reason you are interested, the songs to check out include:

This Time
Two Angels and A Dream
From the Inside



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Comments:Add a Comment 
metallicaman8
August 14th 2006


4677 Comments


I real swashbuckler of a review.

/votes

FlawedPerfection
Emeritus
August 14th 2006


2807 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

Um... should I be A?

MisterPilgrim
August 14th 2006


233 Comments


It's a good review. OMG U SHULD LIK CHECK OUT ALL OF MY REVUMW EVER!!!@@

Just kidding. I was you there^. Fun.

FlawedPerfection
Emeritus
August 14th 2006


2807 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

Yeah, I deserved it. But hey, it worked.

MisterPilgrim
August 14th 2006


233 Comments


It's cool. I've been known to whore 'em myself. You're king, though.

FlawedPerfection
Emeritus
August 14th 2006


2807 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

All hail the king.

slack
August 15th 2006


249 Comments


Never heard of these guys. Fortunately, I guess. You should've quoted more lyrics for amusements sake.

FlawedPerfection
Emeritus
August 15th 2006


2807 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

I think it may have been more painful to do that.

Depswarule
July 8th 2008


2 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Since you clearly used something other than your ears to listen to this album and it's lyrics, I thought I'd post some from most songs on the album for you to ponder.



"In the summer time, I found myself upon my pillow, dreaming of your bright blue eyes... lighting someone elses darkened skys. And no-one could imagine, no one could have seen, we were liiving in the nightmare within the perfect dream"



"And the Colors are so Vibrant,

Like the sun on the ocean,

and the hues they will change from day to day.

But i know that, That the picture of love would last forever.

On this Canvas of our lives that we create."



"shes the queen of her kingdom tonight, coz her moves are so clean out of sight, and shes a superstar whos letting it go - the performance is after the show"



"Colors may fade,

Turning vibrant to grey,

But one things unchanged,

the picture is still the same."



"They're more than just words, they're colours to paint my feelings for you"



"And through the days and nights this vision lives on forever, through a masterpiece of love we made together, we've given all we can to know the world will understand - the picture is of you and me"



"I thought I saw a faint silhouette of you.. here in my mind again"



"And i have to pretend that you're here for awhile

But I know that's just a wishful temporary remedy"



"i'm caught between two angels and a dream

one is pulling at my heart while the other rips the seams"



* THANKS TO ANYONE WHOS STILL READING *



"having visions of a kingdom that is twice as black as night, the other whiter than the sun with glowing rays of light"



"The strokes of the brush,

Brings me Closer to your touch.

Through the hues well find a way,

To follow, I know we will."



" I'm overwhelmed by the sight. when you beauty fills me up with a feeling of delight. I follow you through the window, little do you know, youre a piece of art to me"



IN addition, depswa going forward are looking at focusing on lead guitar in their upcoming album. Listen to "Performance after the show" on their myspace.

HeadCharge123
July 8th 2008


475 Comments


crappy lyrics

Wizard
July 8th 2008


20393 Comments


Depswarule,

Titty-fucking christ your a pathetic human being! Those were the most cliche lyrics ever (also pointed out in this review).

DegausserGuernica24
June 1st 2013


1134 Comments


NASCAR Thunder 2004 introduced me to Depswa with the song 'This Time.'

It was okay, nothing special, just meh.

flukemmviii
August 23rd 2014


30 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I really wish I could neg staff reviews.

mete0ra
January 12th 2017


209 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

I'm probably not even the biggest fan of Depswa, but thank God your reviews have improved since this one.



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