Many Audiences Will Find Dead Original’s New Album Worth Being ‘Bought’

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Independent hard rock band Dead Original has been making a lot of noise in recent months, releasing new singles from its new album Bought and Sold.  Those singles have made quite the impact at radio stations nationwide, and now after being pushed back more than once, the band finally released its new album late last month.  The 14-song record is a presentation that I sure to help the band make even more noise.  Audiences will find it interesting in part because of its overall musical approach.  This will be discussed shortly.  The lyrical themes that are featured throughout the 47-minute record make for their own interest and will be discussed a little later.   The record’s production puts the final touch to its presentation and will also be examined later.  Each item noted here is important in its own way to the whole of Bought and Sold.  All things considered, they make the album a work that will appeal to the band’s clearly targeted audiences.

Dead Original’s new full-length studio recording Bought and Sold is a presentation that is worth taking in at least occasionally.  That is proven in part to the musical arrangements that make up the album’s body.  The arrangements in question exhibit a clear late 90s-era rock and hard rock style sound and stylistic approach.  Case in point is ‘Die Alone,’ which comes late in the album’s run.  The combination of front man Paul Wandtke’s vocal delivery and guitar work, the driving force from drummer Sean McCole, and the low-end from bassist Mike Petrasek gives the song’s arrangement something of a Nirvana-eque sound and vibe.  Wandtke’s vocals are themselves even somewhat comparable to those of Nirvana’s late, legendary front man Kurt Cobain what with the semi-wailing style delivery that he uses.   On another hand, a song, such as the record’s title track presents a comparison to works from the likes of Taproot, Puddle of Mudd, and Stained with its heavy, driving guitars, Wandtke’s vocals, which even include a rather powerful scream at one point.  Interesting in its own right here is the song’s production, which will be touched on later.  On yet another note, a song, such as ‘Beached’ boasts its own unique heaviness right from its outset.  The collective chug of the guitars, bass, and drums joins with the vocals here to lend the arrangement to comparison to works from the likes of Chevelle.  It’s one more way in which the album’s musical arrangements show their appeal for fans of the hard rock sounds of the late 90s (and even early 2000s).  When it is considered along with the other songs noted here and the rest of the album’s works, that overall presentation makes even clearer, the importance of this record’s musical arrangements, and that of their role in the overall album’s appeal.  They are just one portion of what makes the album worth hearing.  The record’s lyrical content adds its own share of appeal to the record.

The lyrical content featured in Bought and Sold is important to note because where the record’s musical arrangements limit its appeal, the lyrical themes will help the record find a farther-reaching appeal.   The lyrical theme featured in ‘Blasted’ for instance – the album’s latest single – presents a message that, according to Wandtke, is uplifting.  “‘Blasted’ is kind of a self-reflection song like when you go outside and stare at the sky and think to yourself, ‘You know, things might be all right,” he said of the song’s lyrical theme.  That message is illustrated clearly in the song’s lead verse, which finds Wandtke singing, What’s the point of letting go?/What’s the point of giving up?/I’ve killed myself too many times to let go/Don’t let go.”  The song’s chorus adds to the illustration as it states, “I’m staring at the sun/Feeling like I’m one/Wondering where I’m going/I’m staring at the sun/Feeling like we’re one/Wondering where we’re going.”  This is that statement of assurance of which Wandtke was talking.  The back and forth in that mindset continues in the song’s second verse, in which Wandtke sings, “What’s the point in all of this/What’s the point in all I’ve done/Now I’m back, to where I’m from/Don’t let go, don’t let go.”  There again is that initial self doubt, which is then replaced by the statement in the chorus refrain.  It serves overall, as a reminder that things can and do get better.  It’s a reminder that is just as welcome here as from any other act.  Additionally, it is just one example of the importance of the lyrical themes to Bought and Sold.  The album’s title track is another example of why the album’s lyrical content is so important.

The lyrical theme featured in ‘Bought and Sold’ takes on familiar topic of “greed and corruption with the general consensus that it’s really up to you to make a change and difference in this world,” according to Wandtke.  His statement is illustrated clearly in the song’s lead verse and chorus, which state, “I’m under the bridge and screaming/I’m cold/I can’t feel my lips/They’re bleeding/I’m broke/Waiting for nothing/And I’ll wait for them to change the world/While we wait for them/To disease the world.”  It is even  more clearly translated in the song’s second verse and chorus refrain, which state, “I’m playing the hand life’s dealing/I’ve lost control/These feelings keep on feeding, my lost soul/And I’ll wait for them to change the world/While we all just watch them rape the world.”  Wandtke’s statement is finalized following the bridge as he states, “I’m making plans to leave now/To make amends at home/The world is superseding my only chance of hope/But it’s up to me/To make the best of this/It’s up to me/I’m letting go/Finding hope I know/By letting go/I’m letting go/We’re bought and sold.”  Looking at all of this Wandtke’s commentary translates clearly.  That accessibility and the song’s familiar theme does much to continue showing the importance of the album’s lyrical content.  It shows in its own way, how the record’s lyrical content will appeal to listeners just as much as the album’s musical arrangements.  It is just one more example of what makes the record’s lyrical themes important in their own right.  ‘Beached’ is one more example of what makes the record’s lyrical content so important.

The lyrical theme featured in ‘Beached’ comes across as centering on the topic of someone being at one’s wits’ end.  That is inferred through the song’s lead verse and chorus, which state, “I’m right on the edge of resolution/Nothing makes sense/It’s time for me to, time for me to wonder what’s next?/Cetacean stranding/I’m out of my head/I am barely, barely breathing.”  What is interesting is the comparison to a beached whale with the use of the phrase, “Cetacean stranding.”  It goes without saying that the use of such a metaphor in talking about one’s mental and emotional state.  It is certain to generate its own share of discussion.   As the song continues, there is resolution as Wandtke sings in the second verse, “I’m holding out this fight/That’s growing in me/I will make my way.”  In other words, it is another message of hope and determination that is certain to resonate with any listener.  To that end, it is one more example of what makes Bought and Sold’s lyrical content as important as the album’s musical arrangements.  When this is considered along with the other lyrical content noted here and the rest of the album’s lyrical content, that whole ensures the lyrical content’s importance will shine through even more.  Even with all of this in mind, the overall content is still just a portion of what makes Bought and Sold worth hearing.  The record’s production puts the final touch to its presentation.

The production that went into Bought and Sold is important because of the impact that it has on the record’s general effect.   The album’s title track is a prime example of the importance of the record’s production.   There is a certain raw sense about this song.  It’s not a spit-shined work.  Yet at the same time, all of the instrumentation and vocals are balanced out.  By comparison, a track, such as ‘Fade To Light’ has more of a crisp production.  The bass and drums together are akin to the stylistic approach taken by members of Korn.  They really cut through because of the song’s production.  Meanwhile Wandtke’s guitar line maintains that aforementioned raw sound.  It makes for an interesting juxtaposition, again attributed to the production.  Between these songs and so many others here, it become clear why the production is important.  That element ensured each arrangement had its own unique identity within the sounds and stylistic approaches.  When it pairs with the record’s overall content, that whole makes the album in whole, a record that is deserving of being heard at least once.

Dead Original’s new album Bought and Sold is a presentation that will find some appeal among audiences.  This is proven in part through its musical arrangements, which take listeners back to the aggro- and hard rock of the late 90s and even early 2000s.  The lyrical themes that accompany the record’s musical arrangements make for even more appeal.  Specifically, they will ensure even wider appeal than the musical arrangements.  The record’s production puts the final touch to its presentation, ensuring each song exhibits its own identity within the bigger picture of the album.  Each item noted here is important in its own way to the whole of the album.  All things considered, they make Bought and Sold a presentation that many audiences will find worth being bought.  Bought and Sold is available now.

More information on Dead Original’s new album is available along with all of the band’s latest news at:

Websitehttps://www.deadoriginal.com

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Dead Original Debuts New Single, ‘Blasted,’ Companion Video

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Dead Original debuted its latest single and video last week.

The band debuted its new single ‘Blasted‘ Jan. 14 along with its companion video. The song and its video are the sixth from the band’s forthcoming album Bought and Sold, which is scheduled for release Feb. 26. Their premieres follow those of the album’s other singles, ‘Let It Burn,’ ‘Bought & Sold,’ ‘Fade To Light,’ ‘Hard To See,’ and ‘Restrained.’

As with many of the band’s existing videos, the video for ‘Blasted’ features the band performing its single in what looks to be the band’s rehearsal space. The song’s featured musical arrangement is a steady, mid-tempo modern rock arrangement that will fit well with any active rock radio station’s daily play list.

The lyrical content that accompanies the song’s musical arrangement presents a distinct introspective statement according to front man Paul Wandtke.

“‘Blasted’ is kind of a self-reflection song like when you go outside and stare at the sky and think to yourself, ‘You know, things might be all right,” he said.

More information on Dead Original’s new single, video, and album is available along with all of the band’s latest news at:

Websitehttp://www.deadoriginal.com

Facebookhttp://www.facebook.com/DeadOriginal

Twitterhttp://twitter.com/deadoriginal_

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Dead Original Debuts ‘Let It Burn’ Video

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Independent rock band Dead Original debuted the video for its latest single over the weekend.

The band debuted the video for its new single ‘Let It Burn‘ Friday. The song and its video are the fifth from the band’s forthcoming record Bought and Sold. It comes most recently on the heels of the debut album record’s fourth single, ‘Bought and Sold‘ and its companion video. Also released so far from Bought and Sold are the singles ‘Fade To Light,’ ‘Hard To See‘ and ‘Restrained.’

As with the band’s existing videos, the ‘Let It Burn’ video features the band performing its new single in the already familiar studio setting in which it performed its other singles. The song’s musical arrangement features a reserved, almost contemplative sense through its mid-tempo approach and down-tuned guitars and bass.

Front man Paul Wandtke (ex-Trivium, Rock of Ages) discussed the song’s collective content in a prepared statement.

“‘Let it Burn’ is a little bit different from our whole album as it’s a slower paced groove track with a big vibe and with lyrics centered around embracing one’s problems and misfortunes,” he said. “We think people that dig rock will like this song.”

‘Let It Burn’ is available to stream and download here.

In other Dead Original news, the band recently announced a new live schedule that is set to launch Dec. 4 in West Chicago, IL and to run through Feb. 27 in Boise, ID. The tour’s schedule is noted below. Tickets are available here.

Dec 4 Fri

Toys For Tots At The WC Social Club @ 6:00pm

West Chicago, IL, United States

Dec 5 Sat

The Bins Annual Toys For Tots @ 7:00pm

Bradley, IL, United States

Dec 6 Sun

Toys For Tots Twisted Spoke Saloon @ 7:00pm

Pekin, IL, United States

JAN 8 FRI

Dead Original at The Cotillion supporting SLN @ 7:00pm

Wichita, KS, United States

JAN 9 SAT

Dead Original at Diamond Ballroom supporting SLN @ 8:00pm

Oklahoma City, OK, United States

JAN 15 FRI

Dead Original – supporting SLN @ 7:00pm

Green Bay, WI, United States

JAN 16 SAT

Dead Original supporting SLN @ 7:00pm

Minneapolis, MN, United States

FEB 26 FRI

Dead Original supporting SLN @ 7:00pm

Spokane, WA, United States

FEB 27 SAT

Dead Original supporting SLN @ 7:00pm

Boise, ID, United States

More information on Dead Original’s new single, video, and album is available along with all of the band’s latest news at:

Websitehttp://www.deadoriginal.com

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Dead Original Debuts ‘Bought And Sold’ Video

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Dead Original debuted the video for its latest single over the weekend.

The band debuted the video for its single ‘Bought and Sold‘ Friday. The single is the title track from the band’s debut EP and its forthcoming album, which is scheduled for release Jan. 8, 2021 through InGrooves/The Label Group. The song and its video are the fourth from the album, which has also produced the singles ‘Fade To Light‘ ‘Hard To See‘ and ‘Restrained.’

The track listing for Bought and Sold is noted below.

Track List:

1. Move

2. Hard to See

3. Bored Again

4. Restrained

5. Bought and Sold

6. Blasted

7. Let it Burn

8. My Friends

9. Beached

10. Fade to Light

11. Searching

12. Die Alone

13. Circles [intro]

14. Circles

The ‘Bought and Sold’ video features the band — Paul Wandtke (Trivium, Rock of Ages, ill Hannah) on vocals, Mike Petrasik on bass, and Sean McCole on drums — in a studio setting as it performs its new single. The song’s musical arrangement is a steady melodic rock tune that is comparable to much of what fills the mainstream rock radio realm today.

The musical theme of ‘Bought and Sold’ delivers a commentary about the importance of people taking it on themselves to create change in the world, according to a statement from Wandtke..

“Lyrically the single ‘Bought and Sold’ is about greed and corruption with the general consensus that it’s really up to you to make a change and difference in this world,” said Wandtke. “You can’t simply wait around for things to get fixed as anyone and everyone has the potential to make a difference. We think fans of rock will enjoy both this single and album; cheers!”

‘Bought and Sold’ is available to stream and download here.

More information on Dead Original’s new single, video, and album is available along with all of the band’s latest news at:

Websitehttp://www.deadoriginal.com

Facebookhttp://www.facebook.com/DeadOriginal

Twitterhttp://twitter.com/deadoriginal_

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Dead Original Debuts ‘Hard To See’ Teaser Video

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Neo-grunge outfit Dead Original will debut its new single Hard To See’ next week.

In anticipation of the single’s release the band, which featured the grandson of legendary drummer Buddy Rich (Nick Rich) on drums, has debuted a teaser for the song’s release.  The 23-second teaser video is streaming here.

Dead Original front man Paul Wandtke talked during a recent interview, about having the famed Rich name in the band’s lineup.

“We had to find the perfect drummer,” he said.  “A drummer with absolute command of the kit and musicality; someone with their own presence and we found him.”

Wandtke himself got his start in the music industry as a for-hire drummer.  At one point he worked with metal titans Trivium and on the Broadway musical Rock Of Ages before eventually transitioning to guitar.

Audiences can pre-save ‘Hard To See’ now here.

More information on Dead Original is available online now at:

 

Website: http://www.deadoriginal.com

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/DeadOriginal

Twitter: http://twitter.com/deadoriginal_

 

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