Band Profile: De///LION
New York based grunge band De///LION has a pretty interesting back-story. While it’s pretty common to see rock bands sprout up in major American cities like New York or Chicago, they don’t often come from Tel Aviv. The Israeli quartet moved to New York after being singed by WLM records, a subsidiary of Universal in order to tour the U.S. with more ease.
Upon listening to single “Trash, Birds? Rats. Idea!,” it’s easy to see what Universal sees in these; they’re a high energy, heavy band that incorporates big guitar hooks and a unique vocal style into their music. “Trash, Birds” is what the Lou Reed / Metallica collaboration should’ve sounded like: it’s got the semi-spoken word vocal delivery of The Velvet Underground’s former leader, coupled with the heaviness that a seasoned metal band would be expected to bring.
“Circles” shows a different side of the band, one that’s more restrained and experimental. Instead of the high-octane grip of “Trash, Birds,” “Circles” churns at a slow pace, building upon cymbal crashes and ambient guitar noises. The vocal delivery is much more droning in this song, which, though it detracts from the band’s immediacy, gives the song an distinct eeriness, reminiscent of The Doors’ less structured material.
De///LION shows an interesting blend of hard rock and classic rock styles, bringing together pieces from bands like Nirvana all the way to Guns and Roses. For any hard rock enthusiast, this will definitely be an enjoyable listen.