Dead Man are finally set to release their debut album. The two-track single was only a taster of what was going to come. The new album is entitled DEAD MAN and contains seven tracks. There are tracks like “Highway”, a hard and heavy knock-out that will put the most people on edge, and tracks like “Deep Forest Green” which will make you wonder: -What kind of pill did I just take?
(May 21, 2006)
“Goin’ Over the Hill,” the lead track on Dead Man’s self titled debut, is all sorts of retro classic rock awesomeness. The main riff is killer, and when the drums swell and singer Kristoffer Sjoedahl belts out, “I’m going over the hill, to see my baby,” you know you’re in for a treat. It’s a definite “Hell yeah!” moment.
Comparisons can be drawn to Witchcraft, another band who poses the question “What era are these guys from anyway?” But Dead Man is less enamoured with doom and is more prone to folksy moments and Grateful Dead inspired hippy rock amidst their proto-psych jams. And while I’ve never been a fan of the Dead save for a few songs, Dead Man sits well with me. It’s buoyant, feel-good music that places playing and song craft above all else. Sjoedahl’s voice tends to take on a goat-like bleating affectation, but even that doesn’t derail the album.
So if you’re in the mood for a modern treat from a past era, look no further than Dead Man. This was an enjoyable album.
Reviewed by: John Pegoraro