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The album starts with the edgy rocker Deeper which has some great guitar riffs and it’s rough, energetic sound gives the song good power.
Whole has kind of a grungy ring to it and reminds me a little of Live, in a way. The music has some great hooks and the lyrics are pretty strong too. One of the better songs on this demo.
This is a possible break-through song. The catchy post-grunge rock song is a little rough here and there but the inspiring lyrics and empathic vocals, combined with the tight guitar work and strong composition make this song something special.
There’s something interesting about the arrangement on Slake. It is quite alternative but also has some pretty clever hooks and the passionate performance gives it extra edge. In itself the song might not be the most special, but the band delivers this song very well.
Blue Velvet Dress
Blue Velvet Dress comes across as a standard rock song. A lot of emerging rock bands have a similar sound and this song probably won’t stand out. It’s a decent song, but it misses that little bit extra.
Commodius isn’t the most refreshing song either, but the energetic and emotional performance of this track, combined with it’s interesting lyrics, makes it stand out more. The band really connects with this song, from which it really benefits.
As The Walls Fell Down
The album closes with one of its highlights. As the Walls Fell Down has a gentler mood but still rocks. And the lyrics are pure poetry: “Your king is gone/I gave you back your world/Insides are breaking the seams/I’ve always known where we belong/I’ve fought the weak a thousand strong.”
“Deeper” certainly is rough around the edges but is a good start for a pretty straight-forward rock band. Joe Hedges and his friends might have a solid future in store for them as the songs are clever, have a good edge and show plenty of promise with the catchy hooks and driving guitar riffs.