Apr 302012

(DGR unveils for us a new song by The Stranded off their debut album Survivalism Boulevard, which will be released on July 2.)

Holy crap, I thought I was going to have children before The Stranded finally released their first sample of material. Now all I have to look forward to enjoying for the first time, alongside my by-then high school aged son, is Gojira’s Sea Shepherd EP.

Today the guys in The Stranded (well, late last night, but I’ve bitched plenty about my various night shifts) put up a notification that they had uploaded their first official release off their upcoming disc to soundcloud.  It’s been a long time coming, and if you haven’t exactly been paying the most attention to the ramblings that I submit to this site, this is likely your first chance to hear The Stranded.

Prior to this, you could’ve heard some of the Disarmonia Mundi + Friends (skateboarder Elliot Sloan and keyboardist Alessio NeroArgento) as they covered different Studio Ghibli movie theme songs on the latest Imaginary Flying Machines disc. Of course, as I said in my review there, the material on that disc likely wasn’t going to be representative of what The Stranded would eventually sound like. Hell, their current logo barely signals that either — it looks like it fell off the front of a deathcore disc.

The music sounds a whole lot like 2003-era Disarmonia Mundi, for which you can’t fault them too hard, considering those guys make up half the band, so you’re going to wind up with some similar guitar playing and catchy chorus work. The keyboards are a bit on the cheesy side, but this is a catchy first single. It may not win over new converts, but it is a solid example of things to come. Here’s hoping they knock it out of the park with the next few songs.

[soundcloud url=”http://api.soundcloud.com/tracks/44851536″ iframe=”true” /]

Their album Survivalism Boulevard will be available on July 2nd, 2012, via Coroner Records. I have zero idea if that means a North American release as well, but hey, if not then I look forward to being able to pick up a physical copy of their first disc right around the time their third one comes out.

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