Like many bands these days, these are a two piece but sound like there are about a million of them on the recording. They make a brash noisy grungy effort that compares with the likes of Royal Blood and touring partners Blood Red Shoes but they have a metal sheen to them, not grungy as such but like hair metal gone pop punk. Like many people, they are from Australia.
8/10 Keelan Customer review, 10th March 2015
DZ Deathrays are a Bundaberg-bred, Brisbane-based thrash rock duo. "Black Rat" is their second studio album, and the improvements are more than noticeable, they are visceral and immediate. If guitar riffs are your thing, DZ are your band. "Black Rat", "Gina Works at Hearts", "Less Out of Sync" and "Reflective Skull" deliver a massively gut-busting barrage of riffs and drum fills within the first 4 tracks on the record. Catchy choruses are often shouted more so than sung by vocalist/guitarist Shane Parsons, but it is exactly what is required in this sort of band. The Aussie two-piece slow down a bit on track 6, "Northern Lights", delivering a memorable chorus that is as close to a ballad as you'll get from these guys.
As soon as you're left vulnerable, the remaining 5 tracks come thick and fast - more guitar solos and shouting - with album closer "Night Slave" delivering the sleekest riff on the record. Over all, DZ Deathrays display 11 tracks that show they still know how to party, but also have matured in terms of songwriting skill from their debut record. Almost every chorus is a sing-along masterpiece, and every riff is practically guaranteed to have you humming it the next day inexplicably. A brilliant sophomore record from Brisbane's favourite thrash-punks.
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