The Fierce & The Dead

Post Rock/Math rock

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Studio Album, released in 2013

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. Part 4 (3:34)
2. Ark (4:03)
3. Let's Start A Cult (3:36)
4. Pyramid Hat (3:09)
5. I Like It, I'm Into It (4:07)
6. Intermission 3 (2:37)
7. Spooky Action (3:15)
8. And The Bandit (4:42)
9. Entropy (2:57)
10. Part 5 (1:51)
11. Chief (6:04)

Total Time 39:55


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Line-up / Musicians

- Matt Stevens / guitars
- Kevin Feazey / bass
- Steve Cleaton / guitars
- Stuart Marshall / drums
- Terry Edwards / brass
- Sarah Gill / cello

Releases information

Label: Bad Elephant Music
Release date: November 4, 2013

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Review by kev rowland
5 stars There are times when a reviewer's life is not an easy one, and this is one of those times. Here I have the second album from an instrumental quartet (who use a couple of guests sparingly ' including some great brass from terry Edwards on two numbers), and I'm really not sure how to describe it. Saying that it is an incredible piece of work that grows on the listener each and every time they play it probably doesn't give enough information. Saying that they have large math rock influences, obviously have spent a lot of time listening to Robert Fripp, and are an incredibly tight outfit also doesn't really state what these guys are about. In Stuart Marshall they have a drummer who can keep it simple, or can turn into a demented Keith Moon when the need arises before getting back to business and providing something like a simple drum roll. Bassist Kevin Feazey often employs one of the filthiest bass sounds I have heard in a while (think of a distorted Chris Squire), yet he can also tone it down both in sound and attack, and knows when not to play at all and provide space for the twin guitars of Matt Stevens and Steve Cleaton. Having a rhythm section that can play such a huge melodic counterpoint gives a great foundation for these guys to go off and have a real blast.

Complex, intricate, all over the place yet always making sense as they go from one motif and style into another, these guys use dischord and disharmony as close friends to really stress what they are doing. In some ways this is quite a close relation to free jazz as they bound along and keep throwing musical ideas out here and there and seeing where they will be led. To discover that this was recorded in just four days is incredible, but probably explains the life and vitality that is prevalent throughout. If you like your music to be cutting edge, yet melodic, hard rock/metal yet progressive and full of jazz influences, or if you just want to discover yet another amazing band then you need to visit their site at www.fierceandthedead.com and find out some more for yourselves.


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Posted Saturday, February 01, 2014

Review by Second Life Syndrome
COLLABORATOR Post/Math Rock and Crossover Teams
4 stars Who says instrumental music is boring? I know there are many out there that simply skip a band if they don't have a vocalist, but, if you do this, you'll miss some truly fantastic music. Take this new album from The Fierce & the Dead, "Spooky Action". It is completely unique, eclectic, and jammed with personality. It's the very definition of enjoyable.

The band certainly leans towards the math rock label, though that doesn't cover it even close to completely. The music, however, is full of sharp, sudden changes, and the fast pace of the music makes all of this seem so breath-taking. It's a roller coaster ride of music in every conceivable way. The music is very bass driven, as Kevin Feazey on bass is one of the highlights of the album. Loud and technical, the bass is the very foundation of the album. Add in Matt Stevens and Steve Cleaton on some very diverse guitars, and you know you are in for some funky interplay between instruments. Stuart Marshall adds oomph to all of this with his goosebump-inducing performance.

"Spooky Action", then, is technically proficient, but the personality is what really sets this album apart from the rest. Part of it comes from the guest musicians on brass and cello, but the rest comes from superior, playful writing. This is not a dark album. It is hefty, but light-hearted, fun, and delightful. The instrumental interplay is one point of wonder, as no one instrument overshadows the others. Like a well-oiled machine, The Fierce & the Dead pound and jam away with a perfection of unity. They can switch from folksy to metallic to rockin' all in the blink of an eye.

So, then, "Spooky Action" is the intersection of hand clappin', foot stompin', and head bangin'. It's not only a treat musically, but it's also a head-scratching good time because it is so complex, but so, well, fun. Skilled musicians alone could not have made this album. "Spooky Action" was written by true artists.


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Posted Tuesday, February 18, 2014

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