The Dead Daisies: Burn it Down – album review

The Dead Daisies Burn It DownThe Dead Daisies

Burn It Down

Spitfire Music

Released 6 April 2018

8/10

Australian-American hard rockers The Dead Daisies have a fourth studio album, Burn It Down. We take a listen to the supergroup’s latest long player.

The Dead Daisies formed from a project idea by Jon Stevens and David Lowy back in 2013. Jon would only be in the band for a couple of years, but Lowy has remained throughout. The line-up changes regularly, friends of the band come and go but the outcome always remains the same: ballsy hard rock with no frills.

Ever since their first single Lock ‘N’ Load, that was co-written with Slash, The Dead Daisies have managed to produce these radio-friendly hard-hitting rock and roll songs that grab you by the balls and demand your attention. Each album has been a solid set of songs, with at least one absolute standout that is played on the radio for weeks and sends the crowd insane during the live show. Lock ‘N’ Load, Mexico and Long Way To Go are prime examples.

Burn It Down’s offering to the growing list of monster singles is the album opener Resurrected. You don’t need to look at a screen or hear the DJ tell you who is playing; this is classic Daisies but at the same time, it feels a little darker and raw. David Lowy creates a forceful rhythm section with Marco Mendoza and new drummer Deen Castronovo. Doug Aldrich then weaves screaming guitars over the top like the magician that he is. Vocals pinned down by John Corabi as with the last three albums, bringing that gorgeous gravelly tone to bring the song to life. A standout track for sure, the Daisies at their best.

The rest of the record is just as enjoyable. Rise Up has a seriously heavy chugging rhythm and Aldrich’s guitar work floats effortlessly over the top. Burn It Down has a gorgeous building bass intro until it slams into full flow, Corabi’s vocals really get a chance to shine here. Judgement Day is an altogether more acoustic vibe, gravelly vocals and floating lead guitars until the rhythm section arrives to add some drama. What Goes Around begins with a stunning distorted riff and bassline, which develops and builds throughout. Bitch is raging guitars from the outset, energetic and catchy.

Set Me Free takes has a much slower acoustic arrangement, a gentle slow build and guaranteed to be a favourite in the live show!. Dead and Gone is back to classic heavy rocking Daisies, dirty heavy riff with Corabi’s vocals screaming “I just want to live my life lived the way I choose.” Can’t Take It With You is dirty sounding with a catchy chorus, your brain will hang on to this chorus for days. Leave Me Alone is probably my favourite track from this record, the start is groovy dirty guitars and a classic rock rhythm with a catchy chorus.

All things considered, this is their strongest record to date. Resurrection is getting the radio airplay but there really isn’t a bad track on the record. It’s the Dead Daisies doing exactly what they do, making a hard rock record with some of the most talented guys in the business. Considering those involved, it’s no surprise that they can turn out stuff like this with almost effortless ease. The album checks in at just over fourty minutes, I’d always prefer more Daisies but since there isn’t a weak point on the entire record, I can forgive them for the brevity here.

Bottom line, if you enjoyed anything from the Dead Daisies before then you’ll probably love this too. It’s been on rotation in my playlist for the last couple of weeks and I’ve no desire to remove it anytime soon!.

Having covered their live show before for LTW I am really looking forward to catching them again on this tour.

The Dead Daisies Website is here

Listen on iTunes or YouTube

You can also find The Dead Daisies on Facebook and Twitter

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All words by Neil Johnson. More writing by Neil Johnson can be found at Neil’s archive. Neil is also on Instagram as @gigtog and has a  website here: http://www.neiljohnsonphotography.uk/

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