DZ Deathrays have been a band that has been sorely missed amongst the Australian music scene. Their heavy, groovy riffs have had a noticeably long absence from our radios and venues for too long. However they’ve managed to come back better than ever with the release of their highly anticipated 2018 album ‘Bloody Lovely’. This album has been one of the most talked about since their single ‘Shred For Summer’ gave us the first taste, than remarkably followed up with ‘Total Meltdown’ both appearing in the Triple J Hottest 100 Weekend.
The Brisbane duo kick start their third album in spectacular fashion with an almighty scream by front man Shane before a signature style DZ Deathrays riff on ‘Shred For Summer’. As expected there’s no shortage of heavy grooves that pay ode to their Heavy Metal influences that’s noticeable on ‘Feeling Good, Feeling Great’, ‘Like People, ‘Back & Forth’, ‘Afterglow’ and ‘Witchcraft Pt. II’. ‘High’ see’s the band mellow out and take a quick break from their usual hard rock approach, however followed by short and punchy ‘Guillotine’ and ‘Bad Influence’. ‘Total Meltdown’ is undoubtedly their best song, it’s energetic feel and catchy chorus is the perfect element for their live shows. Personal favourites include ‘Shred For Summer’, ‘Total Meltdown’, ‘Feeling Good, Feeling Great’ and ‘Afterglow’.
DZ Deathrays have created a fantastic album that is assured to create much bigger opportunities for the Brisbane duo that has already seen them open for stadium rock giants the Foo Fighters. ‘Bloody Lovely’ is a reasonably short album rolling just over 30 minutes, but still capable of causing a severe case of whiplash as you’ll head bang through it’s entirety. Surprisingly writing of ‘Bloody Lovely’ began back in 2016 in the recording sessions of popular singles ‘Blood On My Leather’ and ‘Pollyanna’. So if you’re a fan of those favourites it’s a certainty that you need this album immediately, if you don’t than familiarise yourself quickly as these two will appear on radios and festival line-ups consistently in 2018. Be sure not to miss them on their national tour in support of ‘Bloody Lovely’ in April.
Review by Christian Kafritsas