Death for Life

Death for Life

by Death by Stereo


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Death for Life

On Death for Life, Death By Stereo continue to fuel their hardcore-derived stutter with the tenets of metal and thrash. Vocalist Efrem Shulz channels hardcore's urgency on "I Give My Life" and "Forget Regret," but the songs also feature stinging guitar solos right out of the heavy metal handbook, and the latter is close to early Faith No More. Even with all of this, as well as Shulz's always overdone vocals, Death for Life is more streamlined than a lot of metalcore records. It's like there needs to be a surplus of manic creativity to get that specialized designation, to the point that songs are a little too crammed with their own ambition. Death By Stereo take the opposite approach. They always incorporate their usual morbidity, metal, and hardcore bite. But they also keep the equation hovering -- like a skull perched on a torch -- for a unique kind of intensity. "This Curse of Days" puts a foreboding backing chorus behind its lyrics about winter bringing death for a subtle nod to European metal; "Middle Fingers" wavers between an agonizing distortion crawl and explosive choruses ("You're gonna die/We're here to stay" is its message); and "Don't Piss on My Neck and Tell Me It's Raining" fulfills the band's quota for acerbic song titles. "W.W.J.D.?" is probably the closest Death for Life gets to classicist hardcore -- it's a hectic Bad Religion-style rocker about the futility of religion in modern society. Death By Stereo can get mired in its own sour grapes. But its feral cross of hardcore and metal influences lives on with passion and volume.

Product Details

Release Date: 06/07/2005
Label: Epitaph / Ada
UPC: 0045778675425
catalogNumber: 86754
Rank: 186880

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Performance Credits

Death by Stereo   Primary Artist
Scott Gilman   Strings
Todd Hennig   Drums,Background Vocals,Group Member
Bruce MacFarlane   Group Member
Efrem Shulz   Vocals,Group Member
Dan Palmer   Guitar,Background Vocals,Group Member
Tyler Rebbe   Bass,Background Vocals,Group Member
Fred Archambault   Group Member
Derek Whitacre   Sampling
Tito   Guitar,Background Vocals
Todd Hennig   Drums,Background Vocals
Tyler Rebbe   Bass Guitar,Background Vocals
Dan Palmer   Guitar,Background Vocals

Technical Credits

Scott Gilman   Programming
Death by Stereo   Composer
Mark Renk   Composer,Vocal Coach
Factory   Producer,Engineer,Audio Production
Gardner Knutson   Drum Technician

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