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Dead Teach the Living - EP Review: The Crowning

15 Jun 2015 // A review by Asmith

From the very first track there was one very distinct trait that seemed to stick out for me about Dead Teach The Living's new EP - the ability to seemingly move with ease not only through multiple sub genres of metal (and sometimes influences from other genres entirely), but also to mesh them together in perfect blended harmony.

From every single instrument, and as a band, diversity would be the best word to describe this album and there is nothing I like more than artists who can not only diversify but pull it off as well as Dead Teach The Living.

There are a lot of bands whose main influences can be heard almost instantly, but with Dead Teach The Living there are just so many it has created what can only be described as a unique and original sound, and not in a bad way in any shape or form.

As a follow up to their debut album The Feeding Begins, the only dissapointment you could possibly have with this album is that you don’t want it to end. EP’s are great but when I listen to an amazing one it’s always a bit like smelling bacon frying in the pan but never getting to taste it. So good, but it’s a little bit of a tease and I can’t help but want more, and then maybe some more because bacon is the food of the gods.

I love metal, but I also love soul music (and soul food), so for me seeing a metal cover of James Brown’s I Feel Good had me a little worried and a little bit excited all at the same time, the liner note “Listen to the original by James Brown... It’s way better” gave me a bit of a laugh and while true (Sorry, JB’s the godfather) this was still an O for Orsum cover and gave this album the perfect happy ending.

So now the album is over and I’m left waiting for more, it’s only been a year or so since their last release so fingers crossed we get another full length album sometime in the near future!


About Dead Teach the Living

Dead Teach the Living is a four piece metal band from Auckland, New Zealand, formed in mid-2010. Often described as a mix of extreme metal and punk, their eclectic range of influences becomes evident through the diversity and experimentation within songs.

After a few years of solid songwriting and gigging around the country they released their debut album 'The Feeding Begins' in February 2014. Now they have returned with their second self-produced release 'The Crowning' EP. Drawing influence from bands such as The Dillinger Escape Plan, Cynic, and Misfits, they have crafted an intricate yet energetic sound packed with substance.

Expect twisted melodies, crazy playing and a lot of intensity - on record and live!

Visit the muzic.net.nz Profile for Dead Teach the Living


The Crowning
Year: 2015
Type: EP
The Feeding Begins
Year: 2014
Type: Album

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