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Classic Album Review: Death by Stereo | Day of the Death

The L.A. punk-metal crew deliver the goods (and then some) on their second album.


This came out in 2001 – or at least that’s when I got it. Here’s what I said about it back then (with some minor editing):


Any band that can come up with song titles like No Shirt, No Shoes, No Salvation, High School Was Like Boot Camp for a Desk Job, Porno, Sex, Drugs, Lies, Money and Your Local Government and (my favourite) You Mess With One Bean, You Mess With the Whole Burrito has something going for ’em.

Of course, they also better have some pretty damn good songs to go with ’em. On their second album Day Of The Death, L.A. punk-metal quintet Death By Stereo don’t just deliver the goods — they unwrap ’em and serve ’em up on a platter for you. Day’s 11 tracks balance intricate, metal-flaked songcraft — guitarist Dan Palmer’s double-handed fretboard solos and drummer Tim (Bill) Bender’s hyperkinetic beats would be right at home in a hair-metal band — with the confrontational ’tude of singer Efrem Schulz, whose vocal style is equal parts skate-punk bark and death-metal screech. Their day has come.