01 5: 29: 45 02 Running In Circles 03 HURT 04 How could I love you? 05 I Hope You Hate Me. 06 Uto 07 Tipping Point 08 LA Queen 09 Hard To Be God 10 81 Tonnes 11 My Condition 12 Koet 13 Black and Gold
As the flurry of new music of 2024 gathers more and more pace, we come across the latest offering of Massachusetts-based alt-metallers DEAD POET SOCIETY. Titled FISSION, it is the band’s first release in three years following 2021’s -!- and it marks the launch of a new era for the band that shows a lot of promise. They are well and truly a good representation of "if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it"; they’ve found a style that works and they’ve stuck with it even at the behest of falling victim to a good chunk of the album all sounding the same.
Opening the album is 5: 29: 45, a slow and grungy number that has a wonderful grooviness to it, and once that starts it doesn’t stop, becoming one of the strongest aspects of the album as a whole. The distorted guitar riffs are great earworms that stick with you for a bit and the same goes for the harmonising vocals in the chorus. Once you’ve heard them, it’ll be all that’s stuck in your head for a good day at least. Running In Circles which comes in next ups the tempo, once again employing the infectious hooks to win over any casual listeners that would come across this album on a search for new music.
One of the stand out tracks on the record is HURT as it is here that we get something a little different as it offers a couple of subtle moments. Whilst the djenty and groovy guitars are very prominent throughout, it takes its time to build up to a grand ending rather than launching into the song at 100mph like the album does from the get go. This is also one of the key moments during the album where frontman Jack Underkofler is able to flex his ever impressive vocals which do quite a lot of the heavy lifting in making this album tick. It’s the perfect style that drives this album along and you can’t imagine any other singer doing the songs the same justice that Underkofler does.