Earlier this month we decided to take Deers of Darkness on our WatchOut series, after listening quite a bit to their debut album Wartime Stories, released September 6th. And now, better late than never, we’ve made a review on this album.
This conceptual band has made this album under one certain them – war! “It’s about a country that sends soldiers on missions in foreign territories the same way they send nurses to care for the ill..”, it says on their Facebook-page, and this has resulted in 10 songs and the album Wartime Stories.
The opening track ‘We Carry Weapons’ is a pretty descent opener. It’s a nice introduction for the listener, and you’ll quickly get the attitude and the “vibes” from Deers of Darkness. Solid electronic beats and a danceable feeling. ‘Killer Face’ is also up-tempo, but it has a much heavier beat, and a very modern really auto-tuned vocal that says “Make your killer face”. You can almost paint some war-pictures to this song!
The weird robotic vocal from Niklas Antonson continues on ‘Northern Girls’, but this time with a very experimental beat. No doubt that these guys are good, and you can definitely hear some of the different inspirations on the song, as on the entire album, and it works most of the time. ‘Northern Girls’ is a great, different song the first couple of listenings, but i think it works better live(?).
That the might be the case for most of this album, that whole working better live thing. I can easily imagine myself at Deers of Darkness concert, the beats coming out of proper speakers and everything. Yeah, i’ll definitely have to try that sometime! This goes especially for ‘Get Back in line’, a song that has an incredible build up. It’s a pretty weird song, but it works in any way! After some time with a pretty descent beat, and the vocals repeating “Get back in line”, the beat stops and instead we hear a speech accompanied with some electronic sounds, before it all stops.. And and the beat comes back for the rest of the song. You know what, just give it a listen already!
‘The Bomb’, ‘Run Run Run’, ‘Rise of the Motherfuckers’ are all slower songs, and they are definitely all right, but my attention is brought back with the song ‘Death Dance’. This title fits the track so well, and this ‘Daft Punk meets Modeselektor’-build up is really good. This just might be my favorite from this album!
Wartime Stories ends with the shortest song on the album. The more acoustic song ‘Brave & Young’ is really different from the other songs! The robotic vocal is gone, and you gotta admire the sort of Gorillaz way of changing the course on some tracks.
I definitely like this material from Deers of Darkness, but i have this feeling that it’s much better live. Even though i want to, i can’t give it more than 3,5/5 – and i can’t wait to see them perform live!