When I first heard Dead Sara on a local metal/hard rock radio station, I was caught off guard. I don’t listen to any nu-metal anymore, but when I was channel surfing, I couldn’t help but stop when I heard this band. The song was “Weatherman” by this band called Dead Sara, who I’ve never heard of before. They’re a female fronted band, which you don’t see much of in this genre. But her vocal range was incredible on this track alone, ranging from sweet and soft to flat out yelling, as if she’s channeling her inner Corey Taylor. Also, I can’t say enough about this song’s lead guitar riff, which sounds like something from Rage Against The Machine or even the Deftones. Great choice for a first single.
Onto the album itself, the first two tracks are the highlight of the album for me. “Whispers & Ashes” is an excellent opener… and if you aren’t instantly hooked, you will be by the time “We Are What You Say” hits it’s first chorus. You’ll be belting “Oh, oh, ohhh, you can’t back down kid! (Back down kid!)” in no time. It’s probably the most “pop punk” song on the record and would be the next single if I had any say.
The bangers keep coming, with “Monumental Holiday” and “I Said You Were Lucky”. Both have vocals that sound like they want to rip your ears off and a monster of a lead riffs that could possibly cause an avalanche.
But this album isn’t just for the mosh pits. They take it down a few notches on tracks such as the midtempo “Face To Face” and ballad-esque “Sorry For It All” to keep things interesting.
With the way this album is structured and their overall style, they remind me A LOT of the Red Jumpsuit Apparatus by having the ability to write heavy songs and soft songs, all while maintaining catchy hooks, driving guitars, and showing off their incredible vocal ranges.
I’m usually skeptical of any bands that get airplay on rock radio, but I’m sure glad I was listening on that day. Dead Sara is about to blow up.
Music video for “Weatherman”: