New Years Day – Diary Of A Creep EP (2018)

New Years Day

Diary Of A Creep EP

Century Media Records

Though I’m not a big fan of the female fronted pop-metallers, this is a covers album and I generally enjoy metal covers. Five tracks are on display here from artists like No Doubt, Linkin Park and Pantera, oddly enough. I have quite a bit to say about that one as well, but we’ll get to it in a moment. The first cut here “Disgust Me” is more or less a common-radio rock-cut that features a chorus melody I’ve heard before, but can’t quite place it. Maybe its because a lot of hard rock acts have used similar chorus line melodies albeit with different lyrics fronting them. I suppose if you’re a disenfranchised young female, you’ll love it. Next we have a cover from New Order, who I am not exactly familiar with, other than the fact that they performed the original “Blue Monday” famously covered by Orgy. The band is here covering “Bizarre Love Triangle” which does happen to have a couple of pretty decent solo cuts and work as a suitable metallic version of the piece. Next we have the Pantera cover, which is – of all the songs they could have covered – “Fucking Hostile.” But I thought the social justice types and feminists were upset with Phil’s white supremacy rantings? In any case, the thrash has been replaced with electronic beats and grooves, which now feature a sharp female scream as the main point. The solo section is pretty strong though, so New Years Day definitely have a solid axeman. It’s weird, to say the very least. Linkin Park’s “Crawling” comes next, this time with a worthy electronic vibe that actually fits the vibe of the song. She does sing the rapped sections though, which is a bit weird – though I will commend the fact that she is able to meld the rapped sections in with her pop singer mentality. I’m not going to beat around the bush, but there is a definitely electro-pop vibe going on in most of these cuts and that isn’t explored on the band’s new track, “Disgust Me” which sounds like common radio hard rock. Garbage’s “Only Happy When It Rains” comes next, and again; I’m not familiar with the original. It’s a suitable cut with a soulful tinge to the vocals which I found to be quite impressive. The last cut here is a cover of No Doubt’s “Don’t Speak” which seems to mix acoustics in with piano, electronic effects and heavy groove riffs. If you wanted a slightly more aggressive version of a track that I thought was perfectly fine in its original format – well, here you go. As much as I like the solo here, I still kind of question it’s presence here as well. If nothing else, this EP is a great way for young fans to explore these now classic cuts that make me feel incredibly old; but still have enough magic in them to traverse generations. The whole thing would have been better as a bonus disc for the band’s forthcoming, but here we are.

(6 Tracks, 23:00)

6/10

Purchase HERE (Amazon)

6.0

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