Dead Memory – Cinderella Review By: MelodicEnmity
I came across Dead Memory completely by accident. The band actually came up in a search while I was looking up lyrics to a song by an entirely different artist. While always on the hunt for new music, I decided to check these guys out. To say the least, I was impressed. After doing some basic research, I reached out to them via Facebook. After talking with the band for a while, they were gracious enough to send me out a copy of their debut album, “Cinderella” to review.
Dead Memory, hailing all the way from Essen, Germany, are new-comers to the alternative hard rock scene. “Cinderella,” marks the band’s first full-length release, only a year after the deubt of their 4-track EP, “White Rabbit.” What makes this record so impressive is how cohesive it is for such a fresh band. If someone gave me a copy of this record and told me to guess how long they have been a band for, I would easily have guessed 4-5 years. The songwriting is fluid. The hooks are there and prominent. The music is tight. There are some killer guitar solos that are well-placed and ever-present. “Cinderella” portrays many qualities of a band that knows themselves and their craft. Overall, I am extremely impressed.
As far as production, I like the way it sounds. It is not “over the top” nor is it “garage band.” It is quality enough to be heard on the radio, and gritty enough to be respected in the more underground scenes. I definitely admire the balance that Dead Memory has found with “Cinderella.”
What that said, even with everything going for Dead Memory, “Cinderella” is not perfect. Personally, I felt that some of the tracks off of it could have definitely benefitted from jacking up the intensity a bit, rather than relying on the formula that worked so well on their other songs. This is a crutch that a lot of bands are using today, many of them being AAA majors. On the bright side though, I am comparing Dead Memory’s “Cinderella” to the bands that I hear on Sirius/XM Octane every single day.
Fear not though, every review should have its constructive criticism. Dead Memory, with a little push in the right direction, to which I believe they are already running full speed ahead towards, they will find their path in the sunlight in no time. With “Cinderella” they have accomplished something that takes bands years and numerous albums to accomplish. I highly recommend you check Dead Memory out now at: https://www.facebook.com/DeadMemoryband
Replay Value: 3.5/5
Final Score: B-