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Late this past April, hard rock outfit Corroded released its latest album Defcon Zero. The band’s first new album in five years and its fourth full-length studio recording, it is a recording that could very possibly put the hard rock community in whole on alert. That is because it presents a combination of music and lyrics throughout its 11-song, 50-minute run time that challenges even the best of the big names. The record’s opener, ‘Carry Me My Bones’ clearly supports that statement. ‘A Note To Me,’ which comes late in the record’s run, also supports that statement in its own way, too. It will be discussed later. ‘Fall of a Nation’ is yet another example of what makes Corroded’s latest effort a work that is anything but corroded itself. Rather, it is another example of what makes the record a solid, strong new offering from one of hard rock’s best kept secrets. It joins with the previously noted songs and the rest of the album’s offerings to make the record in whole an offering that is certain to put the hard rock community in whole on alert.
Defcon Zero is a strong and solid return for Corroded. That is especially considering the fact that it is the first record in five years from the Swedish hard rock outfit. From start to finish, the band presents in this new offering a record that is certain to put the hard rock community in whole on alert. That statement is supported in part in the album’s opener ‘Carry Me My Bones.’ The song’s musical arrangement instantly conjures thoughts of Dry Kill Logic’s best works. That is evident as the song starts with a brooding, acoustic arrangement before gradually building into a full-on, guitar-driven assault. What is really interesting is the heavy buildup to that assault conjures in itself, thoughts of some of Slayer’s best works. The combination of front man Jens Westin’s vocal delivery and the song’s musical elements throughout the rest of the song maintain that previously noted comparison to Dry Kill Logic. The whole of that arrangement is only one part of what makes this song stand as an example of Defcon Zero’s impressive nature. The song’s lyrical content is just as important to discuss as the song’s musical arrangement in examining what makes it stand out.
The musical arrangement at the center of ‘Carry Me My Bones’ is in itself a key part of what makes this song stand out as an example of what makes Defcon Zero stand out. That is because it easily challenges hard rock’s top names from start to finish. Its lyrical content is just as important to discuss as its musical arrangement in examining its whole. Westin said in an interview about the album’s lyrics “When it comes to the lyrics, I want everyone to make up their own opinion to what the songs are about.” He went on to compare interpreting the album’s lyrics to comparing a book to its cinematic counterpart. Keeping that in mind, the lyrical content at the center of this song definitely proves to be interesting. Westin sings here, “I’ve been awake/For days/On my way to hell/I’m not going to lay down and die before I get there…What you believe is more than you know/Carry me my tired bones/Far away/So far away from secrets/A million miles away/Carry me my tired bones.” He goes on to sing in the song’s second verse, “I was stuck/In-between/No place and nowhere….” before he and his band mates—Tomas Andersson (guitar), Bjarne Elvsgard (bass) and Per Solang (drums)—reprise the song’s chorus time to finish off the song. Noting again that Westin leaves the lyrics’ interpretation to listeners’ own thoughts, this critic’s take on the song’s lyrical content is that it comes across as an introspective rumination of someone working through a very difficult time. That is inferred in the song’s lead verse. The hell in question is clearly metaphorical. The subject’s mind has been racing, but that subject is still determined not to give up in whatever difficult situation is presented. As Westin’s subject sings “carry me my tired bones,” one can interpret that perhaps the song’s subject is saying he or she wants to get away from everything; all of the negatives surrounding him or her. The song’s second verse continues to infer that same message in this critic’s own interpretation. It would be interesting to learn the true message in the song’s lyrical content. That aside, the combination of that seeming message couples quite well with the song’s musical arrangement to make for a song that is a powerful first impression for the band this time out. It is just the start, too. ‘A Note To Me,’ which comes late in the album’s run, is another solid addition to the album’s whole.
‘Carry Me My Bones’ is a strong first impression from Corroded on its latest new album. That is due to the combination of its musical and lyrical content. The two elements together make the song a clear example of what makes Defcon Zero stand out in whole. It is just one of the songs that shows what makes the album stand out, too. ‘A Note To Me’ is another example of what makes the record in whole stand out. As with the album’s opener, that is due at least in part to its musical arrangement. The musical arrangement here is a stark contrast to that of ‘Carry Me My Bones.’ It is a deeply emotional, guitar-driven composition that (and some audiences will call this musical heresy) conjures thoughts of Theory of a Deadman and Nickelback. Yes, it seems damning. But the reality is that when one compares this composition to that at the center of ‘Carry Me My Bones,’ it is actually a good thing that such a comparison can be made. That is because it shows in its own right the reach of the band’s talent, sounds and influences. Westin’s vocal delivery throughout even conjures thoughts of Nickelback front man Chad Kroeger through his delivery. Again, some might see such a comparison as musical heresy of sorts. The reality once more though, is that it shows the band’s ability to reach into any rock and hard rock sub-genre. That is a compliment of the highest caliber to the band. Of course the song’s musical arrangement is only part of what makes it stand out. Its lyrical content is just as important to discuss as its musical arrangement.
The musical arrangement at the center of ‘A Note To Me’ is in itself a key component of its overall presentation. When set against the composition at the center of ‘Carry Me My Bones,’ it shows even more why Defcon Zero stands out among this year’s field of new rock and hard rock records. The song’s musical arrangement is only one part of what makes the song stand out. Its lyrical content, which is just as brooding as its musical arrangement is just as important to discuss as that musical content. Westin sings here in the song’s lead verse, “This bitter pill I got/It turns out to be hard to swallow/I’d make my head whole/But everything inside feels hollow/I am the haunting of the day that never came/Yeah, what a shame.” He goes on to sing in the song’s second verse, “The truth hurts that I know/And now it’s out for everyone to see/I’m just a coward/Who hates everything about me/Everything I’ve done was a lie/It’s harder to cry.” This comes across as someone who is confessing a major hidden truth to someone else. As the song progresses through its chorus, it can be inferred that the someone in question is obviously someone close to the subject. What is interesting is that Westin doesn’t point out if that person is male, female, young or old. That in itself is a really powerful statement. When one really thinks deeply about this matter, the confession could work in any of those situations. That is especially the case as Westin sings in the song’s final moments, “My only hope is that you will forgive/And that some day/Some day you will forget.” Regardless of whether the situation presented here is between friends, family or some other close person, the confession by the song’s subject is powerful. It is the kind of statement made in similar songs by the aforementioned mainstream friendly acts; the kind of statement that, when coupled with the song’s musical arrangement, is made even more powerful. The combination of those two elements makes the song in whole a truly powerful work that once again can rival songs from the bands already noted. Keeping that in mind, it is one more work included in this record that shows why this record stands out among its counterparts both mainstream and independent. It still is not the last of the songs that serves to show what makes Defcon Zero stand out. ‘Fall of a Nation’ is one more example of what makes this record one that will put the rock community in whole on alert.
‘Carry Me My Bones’ and ‘A Note To Me’ are both solid examples of what makes Defcon Zero a strong new effort from Corroded. That is because they show the wide reach of the album’s sound, proving its appeal to metal purists and mainstream rock fans alike. The songs’ lyrical content adds just as much depth to their whole. While both songs’ musical and lyrical content serves to make them clear examples of the album’s strength, they are only two examples of that strength. ‘Fall of a Nation’ just as clearly proves to be another example of said strength. That is evident first through its adrenaline-fueled, guitar and drum-driven musical arrangement, which mixes elements of Hellyeah, Soil and other similar acts for a whole that will instantly have listeners’ horns in the air. Its lyrical content will keep listeners just as engaged as Westin seemingly comments on…well…the downfall of a nation. Being that there is so much turmoil the world over and that Westin and company don’t necessarily point out which nation is being addressed, the commentary could, in reality, apply to the United States, any Middle Eastern Nation or other nation. There is mention of “seeing the flames rising,” “bones grinding,” “ashes in the air” and other rather interesting visuals. This could be a commentary of what could come to any nation if said nation(s) don’t get things in check and soon. The added mention of “we are the ones who are watching everything from high up above/We are the ones who idle standing by as things burn” adds to the power of that message. It is almost as if the song’s subject is saying, “we’re going to stand by and let the world destroy itself and this is what we see happening.” It is a powerful, possible statement. The power in the song’s musical arrangement expertly captures the energy in that supposed statement, too. Keeping that in mind, the whole of that musical and lyrical content makes this song clearly one more example of what makes Defcon Zero such a powerful new offering from Corroded. It is hardly the last song that serves to exemplify what makes this album stand out. ‘Gun and a Bullet,’ ‘Burn It To The Ground,’ and ‘Vessels of Hate’ each do their own part to show what makes this record stand out, too. All things considered, the songs noted and not prove Defcon Zero a record that will put the rock community in whole on alert.
Defcon Zero is a powerful return for Corroded. It is a record that proves audiences’ five-year wait for the band’s next album was well worth it. What’s more it is a record that is certain to put the rock community in whole on alert. That is because it is such a strong new effort from start to finish both in regards to its musical arrangements and lyrical content. All things considered, this record is one that deserves a spot on any critic’s list of the year’s top new hard rock albums. It is available now. More information on Defcon Zero is available online now along with all of Corroded’s latest news and more at:
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