Review DEAD LORD ‘Dystopia’ – EP

Swedish hard rockers Dead Lord have a new EP in the starting blocks. 1,5 years after the latest full-length album ‘Surrender’ saw the light of day, the Stockholm-based quartet will release ‘Dystopia’.

Dead Lord is the brainchild of frontman Hakim Krim who started the band in 2012. The blend of hard rock and classic rock allowed the band so far to enlarge their fanbase, a development that is still ongoing. ‘Dystopia’ is the next cornerstone in this process and helps to bridge the time until a next studio album will hit the shelves.

Just being back from a tour with Lucifer, Dead Lord packed six songs on the new EP, own material and cover songs. In a way, ‘Dystopia’ is a prolongation of the ‘Surrender’-album. The title track finishes off the latest studio album and is, in a re-worked version, the opener for the EP too. The gap is musically closed. What follows next is one of the best D-A-D songs, ‘Sleeping My Day Away’. Krim and bandmates stay close to the original and although the original version stays untouched, the Dead Lord interpretation sounds good and a bit rougher too.

With ‘Ace in the Hole’ a rocking version of the Winterhawk song is next, followed by ‘Hands Down’, penned by Moon Martin. It is a Rory Gallagher classic that found a spot on the EP too. ‘Moonchild’ is a faster paced track that fits perfectly into the context of this in-between release.

In case you wonder if you have heard ‘I staden som aldrig slumrar till‘ earlier, you are right. The song comes from ‚Surrender‘ too and is Swedish version of ‚Letter from Allen St.‘.

‚Dystopia‘ is an in-between release in good quality and with well-chosen songs. The cover versions exemplify the musical influences of Krim & Co.. Not moving too far away from the original, the band succeed in giving each of the tunes the typical Dead Lord – sound. ‘Dysopia’ features tracks that inhale the spirit of rock’n’roll and one can be curious about the coming steps of the band.

Rating: 8 out of 10.

Tracklist:

  1. Dystopia
  2. Sleeping My Day Away
  3. Ace In The Hole
  4. Hands Down
  5. Moonchild
  6. I staden som aldrig slumrar till

Label: Century Media

Genre: Classic Rock

Release Date EU: March 11th, 2022

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