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Theory Of A Deadman - Wake Up Call album review

Mature melodic rock, but not enough impact

Cover art for Theory Of A Deadman - Wake Up Call album

There are times on this album when the Canadian band Theory Of A Deadman make their mark. Tracks like Echoes and PCH are laid-back, beautifully observed paeans, and suit Tyler Connolly’s singing style. The cover of Chris Isaak’s Wicked Game, with its orchestral motifs, works remarkably well.

However, for much of this album the band seem to be coasting a little, attempting a style somewhere between Alter Bridge and Supertramp. The problem is that it’s a little cosy. The production, by Martin Terefe, is mannered, never stretching anyone. The guitars of Dave Brenner and Connolly are too often buried in the mix.

The songwriting suggests there is a quality album in them that’s waiting to take flight, but the end game never lives up to the clear potential the music carries. On something like Time Machine or G.O.A.T. you just want the band to let rip, which could be emotionally stirring.

Overall, this is too lightweight.

Malcolm Dome had an illustrious and celebrated career which stretched back to working for Record Mirror magazine in the late 70s and Metal Fury in the early 80s before joining Kerrang! at its launch in 1981. His first book, Encyclopedia Metallica, published in 1981, may have been the inspiration for the name of a certain band formed that same year. Dome is also credited with inventing the term "thrash metal" while writing about the Anthrax song Metal Thrashing Mad in 1984. He would later become a founding member of RAW rock magazine in 1988.

In the early 90s, Malcolm Dome was the Editor of Metal Forces magazine, and also involved in the horror film magazine Terror, before returning to Kerrang! for a spell. With the launch of Classic Rock magazine in 1998 he became involved with that title, sister magazine Metal Hammer, and was a contributor to Prog magazine since its inception in 2009. He was actively involved in Total Rock Radio, which launched as Rock Radio Network in 1997, changing its name to Total Rock in 2000. In 2014 he joined the TeamRock online team as Archive Editor, uploading stories from all of our print titles and helping lay the foundation for what became Louder.

Dome was the author of many books on a host of bands from AC/DC to Led Zeppelin and Metallica, some of which he co-wrote with Prog Editor Jerry Ewing.