Ottawa-based Dead Air Republic has released a six-track EP entitled With Extreme Prejudice. Marc Bourgon (vocals), David Maltais (vocals, guitars), Ben Barnes (bass), Mike Derstroff (drums), and Rich Bent (guitars) combine intricate melodies and thought-provoking lyrics that make this EP worth listening to a couple of times in a row.
The band unapologetically opens up the party with the intense “Just Another Bullet”, a throbbing and thundering track that borders on the angry side without completely giving into it. Perhaps it is because of the somewhat relatively restrained vocals or the upbeat turn of the guitar and bass riffs. Whatever the case may be, the EP’s opening number gives the sense that Dead Air Republic just might have a set of tricks up their sleeve that are off the beaten track.
“Example 1” clearly sets away any doubts that the opener wasn’t as typically intense because of a lack of talent. Every layer is well-performed and put together seamlessly. The guitar work is intricate and every section where the guitars come to the fore are attention-grabbing. The drum lines remain in time with the neck-breaking speed of the track, while the vocals yet again remain relatively restrained and yet well adapted to the genre.
Flanger effects and feedback start out a much calmer and laid down tune in “The Waves”. The classic 1990s metal feel of this track is bound to bring back great memories for lovers of the genre. This is where the vocals really fit in the best, with the intricacy of every layer able to come through much more clearly during the clean mode sections. This is also one of those numbers that keeps building up in intensity; just around after the halfway mark, the band really kicks it up a notch, but overall the song remains fluid.
When you have songs on an EP that are “more of the same” but that still intrigue and capture one’s interest, you know you just might have found a band you will follow and even become a massive fan of. For example, “Good at Never” is loud and dynamic, with the same elements shining through. In “Buzzkill”, it feels that the drums not only drive but take the forefront, making us appreciate its contribution not just here but throughout the EP.
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