Standing for over two decades, Canadian rock band Theory of a Deadman has seen it all. First caught by Nickelback’s Chad Kroeger, who signed the band to 604 Records in 2001, Theory of a Deadman found themselves on several major tours and gained plenty of exposure. They released their self-titled debut album in 2002, sold well, and came back in 2005. gasoline. The Theory of a Deadman continued to evolve through the 2008s, with two albums in and midway through the industry transitioning from physical format to digital format distribution. Wounds and Souvenirs2011s The truth is that…And don’t look now, but as we move forward into 2023, they now have eight albums in their career!
Returns after release Do not say anything The 2023s with lyrics that touch on social issues in 2020 Dinosaur It offers a slightly different approach. The new album, which was released on March 17 through Roadrunner Records, consists of ten songs that are a fusion of Country, Acoustic Rock and straighter Rock-n-Roll. As noted, it’s not really unique to anything the band has done in the past, it’s very different from the others. Do not say anything. Here, Tyler Connolly and company still deliver topical lyric content that sometimes drips with sarcasm, but the impulse behind the music is much more raw. With that in mind, the songs and the way they’re placed in the playlist play pretty well.
It all starts with the album title track, which includes some Blues elements, but all while having lyrics that remind us how far humanity has truly fallen. With an increasingly hardened rhythm, on the other is the catchy guitar-driven “Medusa (Stone)” about a seductive woman before the calm before the storm. “Sick”, where a soft banjo start is replaced by full-blown Rock.
Then, you can’t help but smile when you hear Connolly perform “Two of Us (Stuck)” and Bill Withers’ classic “Just the Two of Us”. Complete with the same melody of the original, Connolly’s lyrics are much less positive and more about the dysfunctional of a goddamn relationship. It gives you energy to try to get out of being stuck in place, which can be the highlight of an album. Ahead are the animated “Ambulance” of the Red Hot Chili Peppers, the melancholy “Sideways” about someone’s civil war, and the heavy “Get In Line”. From here, “Head in the Clouds” is more promising, “Hearts Too Wild” offers insight into what life can be like on the road, and “Summer Song” ends the album in a catchy, Everclear style.
In general, Theory of a Deadman’s Dinosaur It deals with both interpersonal and romantic relationships. However, the songs most likely cover topics that we can all relate to in some way. Each song comes with a catchy arrangement that will have you either rocking or humming. Cryptic Rock, which sits well alongside some of the band’s stronger material, Dinosaur 4.5 out of 5 stars.