DEADMANSWAKE is from Chicago, and they really describe themselves well: “Female-fronted melodic metal with a whole lot of balls.” I agree wholeheartedly. I first heard of the band in late fall of 2010. I was walking through Borders one day where I saw JP Soule [the one on the far right]. I had to: I gave him a high five for being awesome; I think that’s pretty reasonable. We had a small, polite discussion, and he gave me a card with details about the band. I relayed the encounter to a friend of mine, who recommended the band absolutely. Upon retreating to my house for the night, I gave the band a listen and became a fan. I’ll tell you: It was one of the better decisions I made that day. Great story, right?
The band’s new album, “It Comes To This” is just full of badass that makes you just keep wanting to rock out. The album has all the components of a good metal collection. The songs are relatively short–that is, if you’re comparing them to something like “Kingdom of Heaven” by Epica–and pack a punch. It’s got a lot of heavy, sort-of-angry-but-not-really songs, but at the same time you can feel the emotion behind them. There’s also an acoustic bonus track at the end which shows a whole other side of the group. It’s sing-able, dance-able, and a whole lot of other -ables that would be redundant to mention. Go pick up a copy. It’s great stuff.
Kryssie Ridolfi – Vocals
JP Soule – Guitars, Backing Vocals
Troll – Bass
Josh Barker – Guitars, Backing Vocals
Brandon Schabell – Drums
The band performed at Dame-Nation in 2010, and will be appearing with In This Moment in May. You can check out the band and find concert details on Facebook or on their own website, where you can also buy the album or T-shirts, among other awesome things.