Death By Stereo has always been a genre-smashing band that brings a great amount of originality and unpredictability to the sometimes bland, punk rock scene. Death For Life is a continuation of the band's ongoing trend of unique and surprising albums.
There's plenty of the chaotic punk fury that Death By Stereo is famous for, but there is also surprisingly some mellow tracks which highlights some of lead vocalist's Efrem Schulz most impressive vocals to date, which at times sounds similar to Howard Jones (Blood Has Been Shed, Killswitch Engage). Instrumentally, this album showcases the traditional fast, pissed-off, attitude, but this time the band has opened up a little more and included some softer songs, such as the track "Forever and a Day", and they've incorporated more solos.
Some of music does get a little repetitive at times and there aren't as many memorable parts as there were on Into The Valley of Death, but with several spins this will surely be burned into your mind.
Overall this album is well worth the listen and could very well be one of Death By Stereo's best, or at least most diverse albums. If you're looking for an all out heavy album, you'll be happy to know there are more heavy tracks than melodic ones on this album. Either way, Death By Stereo has a trademark sound that cannot be forgotten. If you haven't heard them, check them out now.
Band Name: Death By Stereo
Album Name: Death For Life
Release Date: June 7, 2005
Record Label: Epitaph
Reviewer Name: Cory Rennison
Review Date: June 3, 2005