Sunflower Dead is active rock with a combination of heavy riffs and infectious hooks that are both melodic and hard-hitting. Their anthems of chaos, disruption, life, beauty and rage, are both tragic and beautiful delivered with the passion that can only come from someone who has lived it.
Their new album It’s Time To Get Weird, produced by Dave Fortman (Evanescence, Slipknot, Godsmack) and Mikey Doling (Gemini Syndrome) is a healthy dose of intense rock energy combined with honest and heart-felt lyrics that has been missing in rock radio for quite some time.
Rising from the ashes of metalcore act Droid (signed to Munky from Korn’s Emotional Syphon Recordings) in early 2011, conversations began between Droid guitarist Jamie Teissere and long time fellow musicians Michael Del Pizzo (vocals, accordion, piano) and Jaboo (guitar). The talks were about forming a band based on the simple idea of putting together a group of guys, hand picked from other bands that were the driving force behind their respective acts. More so than that, each member had to understand the ideal of “entertaining people”. This had to be more than just more guys wearing jeans and t-shirts on and off the stage, they had to be larger than life. Within weeks, the three added bassist Luis Gascon (Bucket Head), since replaced by Lats Kearns (Memento) and drummer Jimmy Schultz who has appeared with an array of bands (including a short time touring with In This Moment). Instead of hitting the local scene with pointless demo’s and live shows, the now 5 decided to spend their time crafting the songs and stage personas that would appear on the August 2012 Debut Self Titled Album “Sunflower Dead” produced by Christian Olde Wolbers (Fear Factory).
The album opens up with a hauntingly gloomy accordion introduction “Inhuman Lung”. This leads the listener right into “Dance With Death”, with it’s catchy heavy rhythms and deep bass lines. The 3rd track, “It’s Time To Get Weird” features backing vocals by Korn’s Jonathan Davis, opening with a strong and speedy guitar riff leading into a heavy but harmonious chorus. Jonathan’s deeper tone supporting vocals on the chorus both support and contrast Michael’s vocals amazingly well. “Just A Little Kiss”, starts out with a low, raspy vocal that quickly evolves into a mix of soft and heavy layered vocals and plenty of tempo changes make the song one of the more interesting tracks on the album.
“You’re Dead To Me” has opening drum and guitar line that has hints of a classic early 80’s Lee Kerslake/Randy Rhoads intro, but quickly leads into a speedy up beat tempo offset by deep; crunchy guitar riffs and a well place classic guitar solo midway not seen much on modern metal tracks anymore. “Nothing” takes us in a completely different direction, with a soft piano intro and melodic vocals which progress into a high energy climax before tapering back down to softening tone and mellow tempo.
“I’ll Burn It”, is one of the more aggressive, fist pumping tracks on the album, with deep bass line and a variety of vocal style changes ranging from a rhythmic harmony to a heavier more raspy vocal chorus. The rapid fire drum intro and gritty guitar on “The Rain” the really caught our attention. This track starts out hard then tappers down slightly with a smooth blend of rhythmical lyrics and grungy guitar riffs fluently transitioning into a heavy yet groovy chorus and back.
With the various influences evident in the music, Sunflower Dead seems to take us on a journey of music evolution with hints of classic 80’s metal effortlessly blended with a 90’s grunge sound, wrapped up in pretty heavy package of modern metal. We love this album from start to finish and believe that every rocker out there will find something special with this release. We’ll leave the rest up to you and can’t wait to see these guys on tour!
Their recent music video release for “It’s Time To Get Weird” which again features Jonathan Davis from KoRn debuted in January
Sunflower Dead – It’s Time To Get Weird
Release Date:October 30, 2015 via Bloody Bat Records
Track Listing: 1. Inhuman Lung 2. Dance With Death 3. It’s Time To Get Weird 4. Just A Little Kiss 5. You’re Dead To Me 6. Nothing 7. My Mother Mortis 8. I’ll Burn It 9. The Rain 10. Interlude 11. Through The Blackest Eyes 12. Anthem Of The Seeds 13. Outro
- Michael Del Pizzo – Vocals, Accordion, Piano
- Jaboo – Lead Guitar
- Jamie Teissere – Guitar
- Lats – Bass
- Jimmy Schultz – Drums
Jonathan Davis of Korn on “It’s Time To Get Weird”
Dave Fortman & Mikey Doling