Dead in a Second - Maretimo
Produced by Trizo
Playing time: 19.00
Reviewed by Sam Radojcin
Best known as the main songwriter/guitarist and Clint Boge’s partner in crime in Thousand Needles in Red, Tristan “Trizo” Bouillaut has kept himself busy with a new project that came to light in late 2011, Dead in a Second. The first taste of this comes in the shape of debut EP “Maretimo”.
It's quite apparent that the biggest influence on the material is early 00s nu-metal. Each track on contains all of the well known elements of the genre: chugging down-tuned riffs, electronica and beats, turntables, all performed by Bouillaut himself with vocals by Rick Hammond.
“Catch Your Fire” is driven by a chunky riff that would fit nicely into Thousand Needles in Red, with Hammond alternating between a melodic croon and a corrosive,shouted rap. The P.O.D-esque “Life is for Patience” is upbeat, bright and vibrant with a hook or two. “Streetlight” and “Best of Me” are tinged with ambience, electronica and emotion and “Patriot Explain” has a little bit of everything: heavy riffs, varying vocal attack, ever present melodies. There is little doubt that Bouillaut knows how to play, but the material sounds dated.
Maretimo is a taste of things to come from Dead in a Second, as there is a debut album in the pipeline. Although the nu-metal stylings sound a bit out of date the members play with heart and dedication. If this were released ten-plus years ago, Dead in a Second may would have been massive.
To those who still follow the nu breed, this is right up your alley. For others, this probably won't be your cup of tea.
1. Catch Your Fire
2. Life is for Patience
4. Best of Me
5. Patriot Explain