Ear to the Sound: Deify
Saving rock and roll is a heavy task to take on, but on their new release, "So Far Away", Deify prove that they have the chops to face that challenge. Their new EP is spectacular, taut, and so compelling that it might just renew your faith in the power of rock.
The guitar licks, played by Duncan Byargeon, sound massive and swell up in layered sonic textures, elevating every chorus into a torrent of sludge, warm tube tones, and creamy goodness that will make you head bang your way through all 5 songs on "So Far Away". And Byargeon's voice is a fresh take on rock, elevating while never emulating the giants of the genre that have gone before. This is unmistakably a rock album, but it's also a nuanced evolution for the band and the genre, proving that rock still has room to grow.
Duncan (voice, guitars) and Jared (drums) are brothers, and their bond shines through in the tightness of their musicality. The songs are carefully crafted with attentive, sparkling, polished production, while never glossing over the band's kinetic live energy. This isn't a barrage of noise. It's a wall of sonic force textured and molded into a cohesive musical vision, that still impressively reproduces the feeling of hearing Deify live. "So Far Away" proves that Deify knows exactly who they are, what they want to say, and how they want to say it.
In summary, if you're a rocker, there's a lot to love on Deify's new release, "So Far Away". If you're not already a fan of the genre, "So Far Away" might be the EP that ignites your connection to the heavy sound of distorted guitars and thumbing drums of rock and roll. Catch Deify live at Tim's Tavern on February 8th for the release of "So Far Away" (EDIT: Show is sold out). In addition to their live set, they'll be giving out downloadable copies of the new EP.
You can check out more of Deify at these sites:
iTunes: (EP pre-order): https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/so-far-away-ep/1448450017