Dead by April (album)

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Dead by April
Deadbyapril2009.jpg
Studio album by Dead by April
Released May 13, 2009
Recorded 2007–2008
Genre
Length 47:48
Language English
Label Universal Music
Producer Henrik Edenhed
Dead by April chronology
Dead by April
(2009)
Stronger
(2011)
Singles from Dead by April
  1. "Losing You"
    Released: March 6, 2009
  2. "What Can I Say"
    Released: September 16, 2009.
  3. "Angels of Clarity"
    Released: September 28, 2009.
  4. "Stronger"
    Released: December 6, 2010.

Dead by April is the self-titled debut album from Swedish metal band Dead by April, released on May 13, 2009. It is the only album to feature former guitarist Johan Olsson.

The album entered the Swedish album charts at No. 2,[1] with Relapse by Eminem at No. 3 and 21st Century Breakdown by Green Day at No. 1. The first single of the album was the track "Losing You" which was released on March 6, 2009. On April 18 the track listing along with the album cover was released.

The album mainly consists of re-recorded demo songs, except for two new tracks called "What Can I Say" and "Sorry for Everything". One out of the two new tracks, "What Can I Say" was made the second single for the album on September 16, and "Angels of Clarity" was made the third 12 days later (September 28). "What Can I Say" was released as physical single only in Europe and "Angels of Clarity" as digital download single only in the UK.

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Trapped" Pontus Hjelm 3:08
2. "Angels of Clarity" Hjelm, Jimmie Strimmel 3:41
3. "Losing You" Hjelm, Strimmel 3:57
4. "What Can I Say" Hjelm 3:08
5. "Erased" Hjelm, Strimmel 3:26
6. "Promise Me" Hjelm 3:34
7. "Falling Behind" Hjelm, Strimmel 3:26
8. "Sorry for Everything" Hjelm 3:44
9. "In My Arms" Hjelm, Christos Dell 4:25
10. "Stronger" Hjelm, Strimmel 4:00
11. "Carry Me" Hjelm, Strimmel 3:48
12. "A Promise" Johan Eskilsson, Hjelm, Strimmel 3:37
13. "I Made It" Hjelm, Strimmel 3:49
Bonus tracks
No. Title Writer(s) Length
14. "Leaves Falling" (Limited edition and UK bonus track) Hjelm 3:23
15. "My Saviour" (UK bonus track) Hjelm, Strimmel 3:13
16. "Losing You" (Alternate version - UK bonus track) Hjelm, Strimmel 3:30
Bonus DVD
  • "Video Blog"
  • "The Making Of"
  • "Losing You" (Music Video)
  • "Losing You" (Karaoke version)
  • "Photo Slide" (Live photography)
  • "Interview"

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3.5/5 stars[2]
Imperiumi 6/10 stars[3]
Kerrang! (4/5)[1]
Ultimate-Guitar 9/10[4]

"Fusing huge hooks, infectious melodies, stonking nu-metal styled riffage and electro samples, Dead by April surely know how to write songs... Sure, it won't leave your ears ringing, or fists bleeding, but it'll have you humming all the way home from the show," remarked Katie Parsons of Kerrang!, giving it a 4 out of 5 rating.[1]

Personnel[edit]

Dead by April

  • Jimmie Strimmel - clean and harsh vocals
  • Pontus Hjelm - clean vocals, guitar and keyboards
  • Johan Olsson - guitar
  • Marcus Wesslén - bass guitar
  • Alexander Svenningson - drums

Chart positions[edit]

Country Position
Sweden 2[5]
Japan 163[6]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Parsons, Katie. Kerrang! #1271, July 25, 2009. Album reviews. "Young Swedes Take Their Place as (Nu) Metal's Next Stars". p. 49
  2. ^ "Dead By April - Dead by April". Allmusic. 
  3. ^ Mape Ollila (01.06.2009). "Levyarviot: Dead By April - Dead By April". Imperiumi. Retrieved October 7, 2012.  Check date values in: |date= (help)
  4. ^ ljhrocks (April 29, 2010). "Dead By April Review". Ultimate-Guitar. Retrieved December 5, 2010. 
  5. ^ swedishcharts.com - Dead By April - Angels Of Clarity
  6. ^ "Dead By AprilのCDアルバムランキング、Dead By Aprilのプロフィールならオリコン芸能人事典-ORICON STYLE" (in Japanese). Oricon.co.jp. Retrieved January 1, 2014.