One and a half years after their debut EP, the rock-trio S.D.D. is back with a brand new promo-single. These two songs are supposed to be featured on the band's upcoming album as re-recorded versions - but, before recording and releasing the full-lenght, S.D.D. will be featured on an American "Rise Up"-compilation with the track "Atheist." All in all, things are seemingly good for the band.
The promo might be short, but it still reveals all that one needs to know about S.D.D. The songs mid-pace songs go forward with a steady, powerful (but not overpowering) and pretty simplistic groove provided by the bass guitar, and the electric guitar sounds raw and has a good amount of edge in it's riffs that manage to bring a good dose of energy to the songs and give them a good drive - and provide a couple slick solos as well. The drums provide a steady and interesting background to the songs, with just the right amount of fills to keep them interesting and fitting while not taking power nor room away from the strings. The vocals are pretty low and hoarse "spoken shouts" of a sort, and they work pretty well with the raw guitar sound and the songs overall even though they don't sound like much on their own. The lyrics are pretty decent as well, although they suffer from simplistic vocabulary and bad grammar.
The band has stripped their songs in comparison to their debut EP, and I warmly welcome this change; actually I asked for it in the previous review. The band truly is at their best in the seemingly simplistic and raw songs like these two, and they've still managed to experiment a bit in the song one by adding a short acoustic guitar part to it. None of the material sounds forced, it's just pure raw rock'n'roll.
It really struck me as a surprise that the band has evolved this much. Their sound, style and expression has clearly matured and the band seems to know what it wants to sound like. The trio also plays together very well, making the instruments compliment each other nicely. I hope that they keep the same rehearsing pace in the future as well, as they might become pretty noteworthy if they do.
It's difficult to tell how much the band has actually evolved due to the fact that the band presents us with two songs only, but all that is present is very promising. Now they need only to focus on tightening their output further and making the instruments compliment each other still a bit more. Getting just a bit more powerful soundscape would not hurt either. The vocals have improved as well as their arrangements, but they would still need some more attitude, power and backbone to really fit to the rawness. I wasn't sure if I would ever say this when reviewing the "Eat It Raw"-EP, but I'm looking forward to hearing the band's full-lenght.