Jun 2013 08

Davey Suicide - Davey SuicideDavey Suicide
Category: Industrial / Rock
Album: Davey Suicide
Stars: 2.5
Blurb: Industrialized shock rock for a jaded post-digital generation that despite its attempted message, unfortunately, yields no surprises and doesn’t rise above being simply entertaining.


Davey Suicide – both the man and his self-titled band – has been creating quite a stir in the world of industrial rock, bringing his straightforward and raucous style with incredible force for a generation ready for a new hero. Hailing from Los Angeles and touting a visual aesthetic that is on par with the music’s electrified mix of substantive intent and decadent attitude. Shooting for equal parts trashy derision and artful commentary, Davey Suicide aims to fill the void left in those who have moved past the likes of Dope and Marilyn Manson. The results of this self-titled debut album, however, do leave as saccharine a taste as that left by the preceding Put Our Trust in Suicide EP.

From the onset, it’s clear which audience Davey Suicide is looking to please; from the schoolyard chant of “Cross Your Heart” leading into the anthemic “Generation Fuck Star,” and onto the rallying march of “Kids of America 3,” one can surmise that this is shock rock for the post-digital generation. Other songs like “Sick Suicide” with its catchy riffs, danceable beat, and lyrics decrying the death of the American dream, to the celebratory admonishment of “Unholywood Killafornia,” and the mocking “Professor Asshole” leading into the machine gun percussion and battering ram riffs of “Grab a Gun & Hide Your Morals” take the more topical route. There’s a sense of simplicity to the lyrics, and while some might see this as a dilution of whatever message Davey Suicide is attempting to convey, it can be argued that it is a method to reach a jaded and confused modern generation. “I’ll Take a Bullet for You” ends the album with an acoustic driven ballad that immediately brings to mind the softer moments of the hardest rocking bands of the late ‘80s.

If Mötley Crüe were to wed its sound with Ministry, the results would be akin to what is heard on Davey Suicide, as powerful percussion and riffs merge with scathing sequences. Despite all the allusions to death and suicide, social injustice and material shallowness, Davey Suicide does seem to have some measure of substance amid the excessive style, though it is admittedly difficult to take it seriously amid the gothic glitz and glamour exhibited on the album. The music is concise and hard-hitting, but doesn’t yield any surprises, sounding too similar to the kind of shock rock we’ve heard time and time again. As such, there is really not much to behold other than a well produced and enjoyable helping of anthemic industrial metal to shout along, stomp your boots, and shake your fists to.
Track list:

  1. Cross Your Heart
  2. Generation Fuck Star
  3. Sick Suicide
  4. Hustler Queen
  5. Uncross Your Legs
  6. Unholywood Killafornia
  7. In My Chest is a Grave
  8. Kids of America 3
  9. One More Night
  10. Professor Asshole
  11. Grab a Gun & Hide Your Morals
  12. Fallacies
  13. God Head Killers
  14. I’ll Take a Bullet for You

Davey Suicide Website http://www.daveysuicide.com
Davey Suicide Facebook http://www.facebook.com/DAVEYSUICIDE
Davey Suicide Twitter http://www.twitter.com/daveysuicide
Standby Records Website http://standbyrecords.net
Standby Records Facebook https://www.facebook.com/standbyrecords
Standby Records Twitter http://twitter.com/standbyrecords
Purchase at:
Amazon MP3
Ilker Yücel (Ilker81x)

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