Review: dEUS – Keep You Close

Alternative rock still thrives. One of the greatest and most ignored bands in the genre has been the Belgian rockers dEUS. Starting out with an artsy style crammed with unique lyrics and crazy instrumentation they have evolved into a mature band. Some of their early fans do not approve of the direction they have gone on their last few albums, but I think they are progressing like any great band does.

Keep You Close continues the alt-rock stylings of Vantage Point but it’s a little more toned down. With each successive album they have settled into their own niche in rock music just a little bit more. There is a mild dark aspect to this album with guitars cascading from light and airy to crunching sonic bends of sound. Tom Barman, the only original band member left, has honed his raspy vocals and made them his own. He has always had a very unique voice and now he is using that to the band’s advantage. dEUS has always been an entirely original ensemble and they continue to prove that. Though their styles do not stand out as much these days they bring in different aspects and sounds to make each album their own.

dEUS has proven to the world that they are worthy of regard alongside the great bands of recent history. For some unknown reason they never will be. Even though they have an amazing sound, solid songs and stand out of a crowd, they have always been on the fringe of popularity. This is totally fine as total fame would probably ruin their individuality. I encourage everyone to give a song or album of theirs a listen and you will be pleased by what you hear. dEUS are a fantastic band and if they keep progressing with each release as they always have they will be around for many years and will continue to establish new landmarks in the giant pulsating head of music.

Rating: 4.5 stars
Standout track: Easy

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