Today, Armageddon Label announced September 25th as the international release date for Dropdead‘s long-awaited third album, once again self-titled Dropdead, on CD, vinyl LP, cassette tape, and digital formats.
In late 2019, Dropdead completed work on the audio part their third album, recorded by Kurt Ballou and Zach Weeks at God City and mastered by Brad Boatright at Audiosiege. Musically, the third Dropdead album is a bit different from previous recordings, style-wise and vocally, with the latter being delivered so the words have an impact more so than just raw screaming.
With 23 songs in 24 minutes, the songs themselves vary much more in tempo and style, but ultimately, it’s a Dropdead record that makes sense in 2020. Lyrically, this record is relevant to the times we live in, focused on the alarming state of the world, the disturbing rise of right-wing extremism, animal abuse, and the continued social failures of humankind. “These are dark times we find ourselves living in,” says the band, “and this is how we vent our frustration and anger in a positive way.”
In other Dropdead news, the band are also currently working on remixed and remastered reissues of all previously recorded materials. This includes a freshly remastered version of the first album from 1993, a freshly remixed and mastered second album from 1998, and a remixed and remastered Discography 1992-1993 with new bonus tracks.
2020 will also see the first-time release of a Discography Vol 2 with tracks ranging from 1995-2013, and an LP of the original 1991 demos. All original, the multi-track reels were restored, then remixed by Kurt Ballou at God City. Proper stereo mixes and all recordings tape speed corrected. These are the best these recordings have ever sounded.
Dropdead vocalist Bob is mostly healed up from both his back surgery in 2017 and his motorcycle crash in July 2018 – still issues to deal with, but back in action. The band’s van, which was stolen in June 2019, has been replaced with a new used one, funded in part by the digital release of some tracks from a 2019 demo supported by friends and fans. “We cannot say enough – we are humbled by all the help and support from the underground music community.”
Preorder info to be announced shortly. So stay tuned…
Band photo by Hillarie Jason