Dead Day Revolution throws their own colours, flavours, and spices into a rock & roll machine to produce a fresh Dead Day-esque rock sound for their album On Our Own.
DDR begins the album with the first track, “Bury My Soul.” The song is a moderately-paced head banger with a Western-style guitar riff and vocals. The sound perfectly places the listener in a showdown against an opponent with an aggressive attitude. Bury My Soul is accompanied by a music video directed by Dean Gold and is described as an “expressionistic canvas with a ‘love is war’ theme.” While I won’t describe the music video too much, the video indeed does make a good use of image filters and both black and white with colours emphasizing certain elements, such as a vinyl record of the video’s song.
Another song that has a music video for it is the ninth track, “Vampyre Blues.” Also directed by Dean Gold, the music video is produced more like a short film. It’s about twelve minutes long, with a story, dialogue, and uses multiple tracks from DDR’s album. While the video is described as a “horror-themed retro rock opera,” with Gold also describing it as a “depraved rock and roller coaster to hell,” I didn’t catch those vibes while watching it. I did like the retro touch and the setting of the video which takes place at a drive-in theatre at night, as well as the retro images and sound projected on the theatre screen. However, everything after that, the video is supported with acting and effects that aren’t at the level they should be. There were a lot of elements where I was asking myself, “Why?” The video was wild but too wild, and it tries too hard to blend sex and horror together. In the end I was way more puzzled than I was horrified. The rock & roller coaster to hell fell short on the thrilling factor.
The second track of the album, “Dancing on the Corner of Death,” has a driving, pacey tempo with the vocals, the drumbeat, and the guitars to fuel the listener with the push to win. “Down the Road,” the third track, slows things down and dims the lights, and hooks the audience at the start with a soothing clean guitar riff.
Down the Road is followed by the fourth song “New Eyes of the World,” which raises the energy level with a faster tempo. It carries over to the fifth track that shares the same title as the LP, “On Our Own,” and it efficiently does the trick in two and a half minutes with a catchy chorus to keep the fight going. “Needles,” the sixth track, has a fast tempo just like its preceding tracks but with a brighter and happier vibe to it. “Just One Question” is the seventh song of the album, which brings the intensity level up and has a memorable chorus and lyrics. This sets the stage for the eighth track, “Children of the Night,” with the sound to fill the children of the night with aggression and a fearful image.
The energy level is kept at max with the tenth and eleventh tracks “Ghost” and “Sister.” On Our Own closes out with “Wait,” which slows down the pace. Dominated by reverbed vocals, clean guitar strums in minor chord progressions, and a gripping instrumental break, Wait has a darker and eerie atmosphere throughout the song.
Overall, On Our Own showcases Los Angeles-based Dead Day Revolution’s rich and unique rock style. The mixing and production is already at a professional level. DDR has set a high bar for themselves, and fans should, with no doubt, be excited with both the album’s rich content and what they can deliver in the future.