CD REVIEW: Step Daddy - Love
By: Cyrus Rhodes
"Red Hot Chili Peppers on Steroids"
- INDIE MUSIC DIGEST-
Artist: Step Daddy
Label: Independent Artist
Genre: Progressive Metal, Alternative Metal, Hard Rock
Sounds Like: Mudvayne, Red Hot Chili Peppers. Alice in Chains, Tool, Dream Theatre, Rage Against the Machine
Technical Grade: 8/10
Weakness: More Prolonged-Melodic Screams Please, Cover Art Concept
Seattle based band 4 piece Alternative Metal Band “Step Daddy” just released their latest CD entitled Love in 2012. Bio: Step Daddy is the combination of more than 80 years of combined individual experience and has more than 30 songs written in its 3 three year existence. Its members have played in such acts as the Kindness Kind, Ben's Jazz Kit, Kate Tucker and Pawn Council.( Band members include ( Ben, Brian, Kit and Paul.)
The CD kicks things off with Track 1 “Atlas at Last” a methodical/rocking prelude of sorts that’s serves up full tilt guitar driven groove, panted against dynamic musical flow and impressive vocal delivery. This leads you head first into Track 2 “Brain de Homage” this one serves up rock steady themed anthem that serves up impressive musical build against foreboding vocal attack and thought provoking lyrical content throughout. Track 3 shifts gears a bit with “The Bums Mysterious Briefcase” a dynamic follow-up piece that twists you around like a violent Tornado with heartfelt vocal delivery that flows and ebbs its way though to emotional fruition. Track 4 “Cuntry Gravy’ keeps things moving with its dynamic guitar, methodical musical movement and overall dynamic intensity. As the CD quickly unfolds I can hear influences ranging from Faith No More, Soundgarden, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Alice in Chains, Tool, Dream Theatre, with perhaps a dash of Rage Against the Machine and even Mudvayne. The music has everything you would expect from a dynamic Progressive Rock CD, but also touches straight-up Metalcore, and dynamic Progressive Metal and Fusion. The style of the music is highly original and refuses to be pinned down the first listen. The vocals are impressive, compelling and push the envelope and imagination to the hilt. The guitar playing is very melodic, heavy and dynamic and the musical flow and ebb factor is highly creative. The overall vocal style works extremely well with this confines of this progressive rock catalogue and the vocal intensity and emotions is off the charts. Rhythm section - lays down the low end groove thick as a brick. What I like most about the music is its sheer unpredictability note for note and song for song. By track 5 the CD hits solid stride dishing out many impressive songs in a row. Like a heavy weight boxer the songs keep coming at you one after the other - with no sign of letting up. I also like some of the curve ball timing changes thrown at the listener throughout. From thrashing “Hunger’s Lament” to hard hitting “Pannus Attack” and melodic “People Pleaser” to a hot live track “Policia” to grooving “Tribbling” this CD pretty much has something for just about everyone. The CD ends with Track 11 “Wrong Together” another live track and the perfect finale statement for a CD of this caliber.
I wish I head a few more prolonged-sustained-melodic screams throughout. I love the CD cover concept and direction it's taking me, unfortunately it misses the mark because it was taken at a professional photography studio. Band logo ironically lacks creativity. These last 2 items are huge missteps for the CD's overall marketability, and their overall impact should not be underestimated.
This latest release from Step Daddy entitled Love is a solid musical statement from start to finish. This is Red Hot Chili Peppers on steroids. Its strength – the strong song for song consistency, progressive dynamics and that keeps coming at you. The music is progressive, unpredictable, heavy and original. Like a heavy weight fighter this CD packs a powerful punch, and goes the full 12 rounds with no sign of letting up.