MUSIC REVIEW: Stephanie reviews the NEW songs from DED with the release of "A Mannequin Idol" & "Eyes Sewn Shut" - READ IT HERE
DED-MANNEQUIN EYES EP
By: Stephanie Stevens
In 2017 the Phoenix area band DED made the rock/metal scene come alive again with the bands debut album Mis•an•thrope. The album produced a multitude of singles and was just a solid all out aggressive and appealing album to the masses. The band were road warriors and left nothing but amazing memories and sweat and sometimes blood on stages across the states and overseas. The fans and the music community in general along with this girl has been waiting patiently for new music and finally it dropped this past Thursday March 12th, 2020. A two song EP entitled MANNEQUIN EYES to wet the palettes of fans worldwide and let me tell you these guys did not disappoint. Right off the bat what came to mind to me was how insanely they have grown musically and sound wise. On the debut album although to me was a solid 10 it was more straightforward in your face with more rap rock tones. On this EP, that atmosphere has left the budding it seems and the focal point is more rocking and melody induced masterpieces. Track one the lead off radio single A MANNEQUIN IDOL (LULLABY) targets the metal elements but it has so so so so much more depth and layers to it. Joe's singing voice is more prominent. But these motherfucking hooky moments are anthemic.
EYES SEWN SHUT is my favorite right now. It reminded me of something Stone Sour would do. The beginning of this song with Joes elegant and soft singing voice gave me pure goose bumps, just like the first time I heard BEAUTIFUL. He sounds so fucking phenomal and i'm so stoked he is showing off his singing voice more n more. Then the song surges into the rocking moments we love from these guys. These verses are alluring, impeccable combination of adrenaline, melodic energy forcible magic! I am so overly impressed how they have managed to evolve in such a high class fashion but still staying close to the sound and passion they started out with.
Lyrically both songs still spew the reality and raw feelings of todays impactful elements of the world we live. I can only imagine the diversity that is still to come when DED drops the full sophomore album. For now MANNEQUIN EYES is out and has unbelievably impressed the world already.
DED. Chapter 2.. the world.. are you ready? Because these boys I declare are on the verge of changing the rock/metal culture.