THE DEEP END - COP THIS (Bad Reputation Records)
(Review by Stefan)
Brace yourself for a brisk ride through the fields of bad ass Australian Hard Rock alongside a band called The Deep End, formed a few ago as an AC/DC cover act. One day, while hanging out at a pub in Melbourne pouring down many buckets of beer they decided to go on as a real band instead of a cover act. All in all they knew to create a strong reputation in their homeland due to sharing the stage as support for greats like Rose Tattoo, Airbourne, Screaming Jets, The Datsuns a.o. The Deep End also took part in a competition named “Triple M” and guess what, they had won. The winner would share the stage with none other than Bon Jovi, thousands of people were there and was these young Aussies playing a hard hitting, full energetic performance. This live action has apparently led to the band name got more and more publicity, after all they created three independent EP’s which were all sold… a good sign that they were accepted by the supporters of sturdy Hard Rock. So the time was come to take the band to a higher, more international level and The Deep End recorded its first full length effort “Cop This”. Originally released in Australia through Relentless Rock Records, I received a European promo sent by the France based specialists in rough, wild and free Hard Rock music Bad Reputation Records. I gave the album a few spins so far and have to admit, “Cop This” is a gad damn hard one !
Obviously and without any doubt, The Deep End has a lot of appreciation for their local heroes AC/DC mainly. Regardless the name of the band, you might find yourself starting to wonder if AC DC has released a new album. The equation is strongly present, it really does. I hear a singer delivering vocal duties as a blend of Bon Scott and Brian Johnson, he also reminds of Rose Tattoo’s Angry Anderson. Dirty and mean guitar riffs and merciless, supercharged leads kick me in the head like Angus Young did way back in the days. So allow me to say that originality is completely absent, still this is a very good piece of full energy Hard Rockin’ and Rollin’ music. Those who claim that this genre has no future perspectives are wrong and I recommend them thinking back to another Aussie band named Airbourne. Regarding the style of music, these guys can be compared with The Deep End due to they’re fully AC/DC inspired as well. Point is that through the years of hard labour, they became worldwide famous Rock stars for sure. Everywhere in the world these guys walk the stage, be sure the roof is on fire. There are so many AC/DC sounding bands on earth but to me, Airbourne and The Deep End can be considered as most interesting ones.
The Deep End ‘bad to the bone/streetwise’ attitude suits the music style completely, check out songs like the fast ‘Shit Talker’, opener ‘Bigger, Better, Badder’ , (about the video: 100.000 hits in 3 months!), the adrenaline pumping ‘Knife Fight’, mighty riff/solo laden ‘Get On It’, shit kicker ‘Tattoos’… to refill your batteries, check out ‘Midnight Sun’ and during the last song ‘Run With It’ I will raise my beer up high by the grace of Classic Rock! Have to mention that the European edition of The Deep End’s “Cop This” counts four ‘soaked in energy’ bonus tracks that will make you sweat even harder.
If you are planning a wild party on booze and hard rocking music, ask your DJ to play on a few songs taken from The Deep End’s new effort “Cop This”. Along with similar stuff from bands like AC/DC, Rose Tattoo, Airbourne and American Dog, you’ll will have one hell of a great night. Cheers to that ! more info on the band at: www.thedeependrock.com
My Points: 82 / 100
95+ : Outstanding, high valued albums & Classic Ones… a direct purchase is advisable !
Between 90 and 95: Surpasses the style of music, must be heard/ordered by every Metal fan
Between 80 and 89: Good in its own genre, recommended for those hooked on it
Between 70 and 79: Decent but best previewing
Between 60 and 69: Rather moderate
Between 50 and 59: Bad, substandard
50- : Rubbish