Sound — 9
In February 2007 Jimmie Strimell, at the time vocalist with Gothenburg metal-band Nightrage, felt he needed an outlet for the melodies he was writing, that didn't suit the band. He heard some of the work by Pontus Hjelm and saw a possibility to collaborate. Said and done. Dead By April was born. The first result, 'Lost' and 'Stronger' were posted on the bands new Myspace-site. It was only a matter of a week or two before they hundreds of listens every day. They wrote some more songs and more band members joined. Dead by April had it's breakthrough when the song "Losing You" was played all over Sweden in a Trailer to Sweden's "Survivor" show. In October 2008 Dead by April became signed by Universal Music. Now we can start to talk about the album. I'm sorry for my bad English. Dead by April have done more then 20 songs and in this album they just had 12 songs (13 with the extended-version). "Metal" mixed with "Pop" is what this is all about. You can't say that some tunes is bad. Already in Sweden the Dead by April album entered the Swedish sales chart at number two this week, right behind Green Day...
Lyrics — 9
After you have heard the tunes 3 or 4 times you can start to sing with. It's both "clean" sing and "Screams" and with the music it compliances very good(I don't know if that sentence became right). Sometimes you can feel "Hmm.. This have I heard before", but it still are very good. I will point that some Swedish critics don't have liked the lyrics only cause it's "gamla klyschor". If you are a little finicky you can also think that the text in the lyrics are bad.
Overall Impression — 9
They have their own style of music with guitar riffs, piano, and keyboard. If you buy the extended-version you also gets an interesting DVD and some extra material. (Ohh shit, now it sounds like I am some sort of ""advertising"" kid who wants you to buy the album. Just because that, I will write some bad things about the album). If you have heard ALL their songs you will became a little disappointed when its only 12 songs and some of the songs that aren't in the album are very good as well. Hmm... ths best songs...I think "Losing You" is fantastic with a piano intro and a very strong chorus. In second place we have "Stronger" which is a bit more "heavy". "Erased" and "Promise Me" is also very good tunes. Hope you have enjoyed this review and I apologize for all the bads/wrongs in the text.