July 1, 2019 D-A-D – A Prayer For The Loud (Album Review)
Veteran Denmark based rockers D-A-D are back with a brand new album entitled A Prayer For The Loud. Their first album in eight long years, it hit the European market back on May 31st and is scheduled to find its way across the Atlantic to American audiences on Friday, July 5th thanks to AFM Records.
Refreshing your deepest memories, D-A-D, formerly known as Disneyland After Dark, but unfortunately had to change their name to avoid a lawsuit from The Walt Disney Company, are a unique Rock-n-Roll band. Coming together in the early 1980s in Copenhagen, Denmark, D-A-D ‘s sound was a blend of styles that ranged from Hard Rock to Cowpunk, better known and Country Punk.
Releasing their debut album Call of the Wild in 1986, it would be a steady career of work for the band who would release ten more studio albums over the next three decades. The last of those came in 2011 with DIC·NII·LAN·DAFT·ERD·ARK, an album which nominated for the Danish Rock release of the Year at the Danish Music Awards in 2012. An impressive feat this late into their story, now after eight long years they are back with A Prayer For The Loud.
An album the band reportedly worked on for the past three years, while breaking off to go touring, it was produced at Grapehouse studio in Copenhagen with longtime collaborators Nick Foss and Rune Nissen Petersen. Their twelfth overall record, the lineup of Jesper Binzer (vocals, guitar), Jacob Binzer (guitar), Stig Pedersen (bass, backing vocals) and Laust Sonne (drums, backing vocals) together serve up something mighty good.
Consisting of eleven songs, each pure Rock-n-Roll to the core, there a brilliant guitar riffs, strong lyrics and addictive melodies throughout. For the most part featuring choruses that are meant to shout along with, most of the tracks are big guitar heavy ballads in vintage D-A-D fashion such as “Burning Star,” “Nothing Ever Changes,” and “No Doubt About It.” This is while other tracks such as “A Drug to the Heart“ is one to sway along after being pulled onto the dance floor.
Balanced throughout with more ruckus moments and mellower ones, the album’s title-cut “A Prayer For The Loud” is smooth and passionate with thick vocals while “The Sky Is Made Of Blues” is one of the more heavy rockers. That said, either way, whether with the faster riffs or slow melodies, D-A-D is getting everyone’s muscles twitch with every note they play, and that includes “A Drug for the Heart,” “Musical Chairs,” as well as the thought-provoking album closer “If The World Just.”
In truth, every song on A Prayer For The Loud has its own spirit. Each catchy and laden with brilliant lyrics, the bulk of the album is easily memorized and stuck in your head after just one listen. As mentioned, eight years is a long time, but D-A-D are finally back with some amazing Rock tunes that were worth the wait. Already topping charts in Denmark, and hopefully heading for big things in America, Cryptic Rock gives A Prayer For The Loud 5 out of 5 stars.