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Collection or compilation album of past songs that have been reworked.

Dead By April have been around since 2007 and are known for their style of Metalcore that tries to be everything to everyone. Ranging from soft clear vocals to aggressive screams, a lot of people may consider them a bridge between two genre gaps. For me it comes across as identity crisis, but I'm not one to criticize an artist's aspirations and the spirit of their music. 

Hailing from Sweden the band has had moderate success on MySpace with a huge cult following and label deal with Universal to cap off that early success. The newly released 'Stronger' is a collection or compilation album of past songs that have been reworked in different melodies/rhythms/ or in some cases remixes. 'Angels Of Clarity' is on the album twice, once in a supposed heavier version and another version mixed by Shawn Crahan (the clown from Slipknot). Wouldn't one version of this song been enough? 'Losing You' and 'Promise Me' are the acoustic takes, it's very difficult to describe them because if these versions are so good, why didn't they make it on the original albums? I did enjoy the powerful cover of Killing Joke's punk influenced 'Love Like Blood.' The band did a great job on the song and I read it's only available as a B-side elsewhere, so this was a solid release that many fans have likely not heard.

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Other tracks 'Trapped' and 'Stronger' are just rehashes of the songs in a heavier and deeper tone. I really look for the positive in music, and for some diehards this might be a good collection, but overall this is just an apparent cash grab. If the band thought so much of these tracks in this state then they would have released them this way originally. Some will argue they would love to see some different versions of songs by icons like Metallica and I'm one of them. The major difference is Metallica has a career that spans nearly 30 years. Dead By April has been around for four years, not enough time to release a compilation or have the fan base to support songs that hit the cutting room floor.

Mark Warburton

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