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The Dead Live By Love (re-release) by Mendeed

Artist: Mendeed
Title: “The Dead Live By Love”
Label: Metal Mind Productions
Release Date: 6/9/2015 – (Originally 3/6/2007)
Genre: Melodic Metalcore
Rating: 3.5/5

Originally released in 2007 on Nuclear Blast Records, the second and final full length album Mendeed was recently re-issued by Metal Mind Productions. The album now comes in a Digipak holder and features no additional tracks, so with that being the case my original thoughts on it remain the same. I have restated those views in the review that follows. The edition is limited to 2000 copies so diehards might want to act fast if interested in purchasing.

Just when you find the world being overrun by the veritable sea of Metalcore bands you get to hear something fresh like the guys in Mendeed and intense throttling that they seem to adeptly deliver. The first thing you will find as interesting is the band’s point of origin being from Scotland where they showed on their previous release “This War Will Last Forever”, that Metal strikes just as hard on either side of the Atlantic. Having heard that album as well, I admit to liking the progression they had made musically over it with this one. Yes, the brutalization is still very present and shows forth on tracks like “Gravedigger” but when you hear the guitar leads on “Through Dead Eyes” you will agree that the band has wisely chosen to up the game in this brand of Metal music. The track also possesses some great harmony chorus sections. Mendeed also chooses to change the way this is delivered a little more in using more of a clean growling that more can understand rather then the guttural stuff and that aspect makes “Reload And Kill” a very accessible and potential fan favorite to hear in concert.
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“The Dead Live By Love” by Mendeed

Artist: Mendeed
Title: “The Dead Live By Love”
Label: Nuclear Blast Records
Release Date: 3/6/2007
Genre: Melodic Metalcore
Rating: 3.5/5

Just when you find the world being overrun by the veritable sea of Metalcore bands you get to hear something fresh like the guys in Mendeed and intense throttling that they seem to adeptly deliver. The first thing you will find as interesting is the band’s point of origin being from Scotland where they showed on their previous release “This War Will Last Forever”, that Metal strikes just as hard on either side of the Atlantic. Having heard that album as well, I admit to liking the progression they had made musically over it with this one. Yes, the brutalization is still very present and shows forth on tracks like “Gravedigger” but when you hear the guitar leads on “Through Dead Eyes” you will agree that the band has wisely chosen to up the game in this brand of Metal music. The track also possesses some great harmony chorus sections. Mendeed also chooses to change the way this is delivered a little more in using more of a clean growling that more can understand rather then the guttural stuff and that aspect makes “Reload And Kill” a very accessible and potential fan favorite to hear in concert.
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