Deep Drive

Human

Written by: PP on 24/03/2022 15:32:55

Deep Drive used to perform under the moniker Human, hence the album name. They originate from Århus, Denmark, but based on their sound it might as well be Seattle or any of the other US cities that followed in the footsteps of the original grunge movement. Indeed, "Human" sets its sights deep into the 90s, channeling the BillBoard modern rock charts into a surprisingly enjoyable post-grunge sound with plenty of progressive elements embedded within.

In that sense, they're best compared to a band like Alter Bridge minus Myles Kennedy as the vocalist. Instead of his higher-pitched delivery, vocalist Joachim Iversen takes his cues from bands like Stone Temple Pilots, Pearl Jam, and Audioslave, opting for the classic grunge croon that's simultaneously soothing and powerful. With a boatload of smokiness in his delivery, his pipes are the key reason why Deep Drive avoids sounding generic, even if he does on occasion resort to David Draiman (Disturbed) style coarse nu-metal screams as seen on "Solitude". As a result, the melodies in songs like "Goodbye My Brother" or "Break Myself" are expansive and far-reaching, clearly written with the bigger stages in mind.

Instrumentally, however, it's Alter Bridge all the way. Complex arrangements ensure the soundscape is far more intricate and depth-laden than your average post-grunge band. Plenty of slick guitar licks and a solid rhythm section ensure a well-rounded overall expression that remains faithful to alternative rock and post-grunge throughout.

There's a crowd for this type of 90s flavored rock out there, for sure, this scribe included. But is "Human" necessarily an original record or one that will catch the attention of the scene at large? I'm afraid neither is the case. It's merely a good reminder of why bands like Soundgarden and Stone Temple Pilots remain popular today, but despite the solid execution of the style, it lacks the eyebrow-raising flair and awe-inspiring songwriting of the greats in the genre.

7

Download: Break Myself, Far Away, Goodbye My Brother, Boy
For the fans of: Stone Temple Pilots, Alter Bridge, Pearl Jam, Black City, Soundgarden
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Release date 01.04.2022
Self-Released

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