Theory of a Deadman - ‘The Truth Is...’
Released through Roadrunner Records on 7/8/11


THE BAND:
Tyler Connolly – lead vocals, lead guitar
Dave Brenner – rhythm guitar, backing vocals
Dean Back – bass, backing vocals
Joey Dandeneau – drums

TRACK FRAGMENTS:

1.)"Lowlife" -This track opens with a bass line over the top of a snare/floor tom pattern.  as the second measure begins u can begin to hear a guitar effect start underneath the drum rhythm.  As this progresses it gets slowly turned up to where it is equivalent with the bass line.  The main rhythm guitar arrangement is a very simple laid-back riff that consisted of a palm muting effect.  After the fourth measure there is a very short musical rest.  After the rest the song kicks back-in.  This time with a different rhythm guitar arrangement.  This actually is the opening of the musical pre-verse.  There is a minor lead guitar solo that leads into the opening lyric line.  When the opening lyric line begins the main instrumentation of the verse is the bass & drum line.  For the musical verse the guys kept the same musical arrangement however they added a second guitar rhythm.  The rhythm guitars of the verse are two different rhythm guitar arrangements.  For the musical chorus both guitarists switch to playing the same rhythm riff.  To connect the first chorus with the second verse there is a small rest that consisted of a short acoustic guitar riff.  The lead guitar solo connects the second chorus with the breakdown section. 
2.) "Bitch Came Back"  -This track opens with the chorus which consisted of an electric guitar riff and vocals.  The lyrics are set to the melody of the children's tune 'The Cat Came Back' written by Harry S. Miller in 1893.  There is a rhythm guitar change for the kick-in of the musical verse.  The music instrumentation underneath the lyric lines of the pre-verse consisted of a only a bass line and tom-tom rhythm.  For the verse Tyler altered the lyric melody just a little.  Joey also switched the drum line from a tom-tom rhythm to a standard hi-hat rhythm.  There is a single tremolo effect connecting the first chorus with the second pre-verse.  For the breakdown section the guys used the chorus arrangement with an altered melody.  There is a small xylophone arrangement underneath the lyric lines.  Throughout the rest of the song & coda there is an underlining orchestrated arrangement.     
3.) "Hurricane" - This track opens with the effects of a thunderstorm.  As this effect progresses a simple 3 Doors Down electric picking arrangement begins.  As this progresses the guys incorporated an orchestrated arrangement.  The main instrumentation of the opening intro is a string arrangement.  The guys drop the string arrangement and change the rhythm arrangement for the musical verse.  For the musical verse, the guys used a very simple rhythm guitar riff while using the string sections as a fill-in.  The way Tyler sang the lyric lines of the chorus gave the chorus a huge hook.  For the second verse Tyler's vocal lines are echoed and run into the next lyric line.  There is an orchestrated string arrangement connecting the first & second chorus. 
4.) "Out Of My Head"  -This track opens with a chorus instead of a intro arrangement.  This opening version of the chorus consists of just vocals and electric strumming rhythm guitar arrangement.  At the second measure in between Tyler's lyric lines and electric rhythm guitar arrangement a second guitar rhythm arrangement begins.  This second one was done with an acoustic guitar.  Both the electric & acoustic guitar rhythms where done using the same riff.  after the opening chorus there is a rhythm change.  This musical arrangement that connects the  opening chorus with the first verse consisted of two repeated four lead guitar licks connected by a lead vocal accent.  There is a third lead guitar lick that runs underneath the opening lyric line.  There are two different rhythm guitar arrangements for the musical verse.  There is a small tom-tom fill connecting the end of the musical verse with the beginning of the second chorus.  The band used the same minor lead guitar break that connected the musical verse with the second chorus to connect the second chorus with the second verse.  There is a small lead guitar lick connecting each lyric line with the next.  Over the top of the lead lick of the second and third lyric line Tyler says, "yeah baby".  For the verse the guys changed the melody of the lyric lines.  The guys also done this for the next chorus.  For the next chorus the guys really showed the bpm (beats per minutes) down giving the chorus a breakdown feel.  In between the lyric lines there is a vocal echo.  There is no major lead guitar solo on this track.   
5.) "Gentleman" - This track opens with a snare drum fill over the top of a double bass drum kick.  The main body of the intro consisted of two different rhythm guitar riffs.  Connecting the opening musical verse with the first lyric line there is several cymbal crashes.  Over the top of these cymbal crashes, it sounds as if one of the guitar arrangements follows the same notes using the talkbox effect.  The first two lyric lines of the pre-verse consisted of only a drum line.  There was a guitar riff underneath the third, fifth, and seventh lyric line of the pre-verse.  There is a rhythm change for the musical verse.  For the musical verse, there actually is not necessarily a rhythm change as it is the guys play the guitar rhythm from the pre-verse more.  Part of the lyric melody reminded me of another song however, at this moment I cannot remember what it is.   After the second chorus, there is a musical change.  At first, I thought this was the second verse however it is more of a breakdown arrangement then a verse.  This breakdown section leads to the lead guitar solo.  The solo for this song was amazingly well written and though short was very effective.  The lead guitar solo leads into an actual breakdown.    
6.) "Love Is Hell" - There is a minor lead guitar solo over the top of this intro section.  It sounded as if the minor lead guitar solo was recorded using the wah-wah effect.  There is a rhythm arrangement change for the musical verse.  The musical verse consisted of two different rhythm guitar arrangements.  The base rhythm was done with an acoustic guitar with an over lapping second rhythm that was done with an electric guitar.  The drum line for the musical verse gave the song a simple groove.  There is a backing harmony connecting the musical verse with the musical chorus.  There is a lead guitar lick connecting the first verse with the first chorus.  There are several minor lead guitar solo licks underneath the lyric lines of the second verse.  The lead guitar solo is after the second chorus and leads to a breakdown section. 
7.) "The Truth Is... (I Lied About Everything)" - This track contained no intro section.  The opening pre-verse consisted of vocals over the top of a ukulele rhythm.  For the musical verse the guys added a second guitar rhythm and drum line.  The chorus had a huge hook attached to it.  It sounded like Tyler double tracked his vocals for the second verse.  There is a lead guitar solo after the second chorus.  There is a rhythm change for the coda.
8.) "Head Above Water" - This track opens with vocals over the top of an electric rhythm.  Tyler double-tracked the forth-lyric line of the opening verse.  The lyric line that connects the verse with the chorus was done with a studio effect.  The song kick-in is at the chorus.  Much like most of their songs this chorus had a huge hook attached to it.  The second verse consisted of a fill-in instrument however; it is very hard to tell what it is.  If I had to guess, I would say a keyboard.  There is a small minor solo rhythm connecting the second chorus with the breakdown section.   
9.) "Drag Me To Hell" - This track opened with a single rhythm guitar riff.  The main intro section consisted of two different rhythm guitar arrangements one over the top of the other.  For the musical verse Tyler & Dave switch rhythms to where both of them are playing the same guitar arrangement. There is a rhythm change for the musical chorus.  After the second chorus there is a short musical bridge that consisted of rhythm guitar and a hi-hat rhythm.  The solo section consisted of two different electric guitar arrangements one on top of the other.  The lead guitar solo for this song was pure meanness!!!! 
10.) "What Was I Thinking" -This track opens with the chorus instead of a musical intro.  The opening chorus consisted of only vocals and a rhythm guitar arrangement.  For the fifth lyric line Tyler double-tracked his vocals for the backing harmony.  There are times when it sounded like Tyler double-tracked his own backing vocals.  The song does not kick-in until the musical verse.  There is a very cool slide guitar effect connecting the first musical chorus with the second verse.  The musical verse consisted of an acoustic guitar rhythm underneath a electric slide guitar rhythm.  Te short breakdown on this track makes it a great song for the band to perform live.  The coda consisted of a banjo riff.
11.) "Easy To Love You" - This ballad could easily be a cross over pop or even country hit.
12.) "We Were Men" -
This track opens with a very short intro section that consisted of a single rhythm guitar riff.  This riff was done with an effects pedal.  After the riff is played there is an acoustic guitar rhythm that leads into the musical verse.  Underneath the lyric lines of the verse there are two rhythm guitar arrangements an electric rhythm over the top of an acoustic rhythm.  It sounded as if there was no rhythm change fir the musical chorus.  The lyrical content makes this song a great song!
Special Edition Tracks: These bonus tracks are on the Special Edition version of ‘The Truth is...’ release.
13.) “Careless” - All in all this was a very straightforward Theory of a Deadman style track.
14.) “Does It Matter” - This track opens with the chorus.  There is no rhythm change for the musical verse instead the guys added a bass line and the drum line kicks-in.  There is a small snare fill connecting the verse with the musical chorus.  The chorus had a huge hook attached to it.  This track is another one that is just simple and straightforward.     
15.) “Villain” - This song just has a groove that stinks!!!!
16.) “Better Or Worse” -One hell of a ballad!!!!!!
17.) “Out Of My Head” - Acoustic
18.) “Easy To Love You” - Acoustic

 

 

     Back in the eighties, hard rock/heavy-metal videos promoted parting, scantily clad supermodels, and all of the necessary trappings of indulgence that made metal enjoyable and not only led to packed arenas and stadiums worldwide. An made every adolescent teenager want to pick up an instrument and join a band.  All that rather ended when the roof caved in on eighties metal in ’91.
     With their fourth release theory Of A Deadman demonstrate a knack for radio-ready hooks.  Unfortunately, listening to the hooks the band wrote will require you to sit through often noxious put downs of the man woman who let Jeff Connolly down.
      Writing songs with a sexist attitude such as he song the single taken off 2008’s ‘Scares & Souvenirs’ titled, “Bad Girlfriend’ was no more sexist than te entire Gene Simmon (KISS) catalog or just about everything M
ötley Crűe ever wrote. 
      Unlike their counter parts Nickleback who some has said have been an albatross around their neck.  Theory is a no holds bar true hard rock band.  If you liked the band’s 2008 release ‘Scars & Souvenirs’ then you’ll love their new one.  An absolute must have!!!!!