Fear is Dead, born in a garage experiment in 2011, is a new breed of indie rock, stemming from hip-hop roots and mixed with 90's grunge metal. With brutally honest and heartfelt lyrics at a monotonous spoken-word, and gritty music behind them, Fear is Dead manages to bring back memories that are something mixed with Fred Durst, Presidents of the United States of America, and a few Nirvana-like riffs here or there.
Lyricist and lead vocalist Skila pulls no punches, whether it's a resounding chorus of "Take this job and shove it" in Labor Pains or a purposely dulled chanting in I'm Slow, he serves it up exactly how it is. With hip-hop producing and lyricist roots, he has an innately honest quality, whether it's raw anger or a hopeful message of growing as a person.
The other founding member, Jacqueline "Jax" Burns knows what she's doing, whether it's with a guitar or a bass. Add in drummer Moreno Brown, and they have a winning combination. The gritty Undead shows off exactly how well they all do together, with interesting drums and guitar, along with poignant vocals that show off their modern metal side.
A refreshingly new and somehow still retro style, Fear is Dead still have a rough spot in a song or two, but they are definitely a band to watch. Their message rings clear about standing up for what you believe in and not compromising. As their own lyrics say in Basement Penthouse, they're only going up.