The Better Death drop new EP

TBDBand: The Better Death
EP: Day of the Death



The Better Death is an Alternative Rock band that come to us from Texas. Band members include:
Ricky Wolking (bass), Danny Handler (drums) Ed McMahon (guitar) Sean Dailey (vocals). Their latest EP comes complete in a USB flash drive – how cool is that?

This latest 5 song effort entitled “Day of the Death” is one release that certainly doesn’t disappoint. This is one band that brings to the table effective songwriting via a highly diversified musical delivery. This meshed with a one in a million Prog-Rock sound and well rounded songwriting make for an effective combination. The Better Death even touches on Hard Alt-Rock with hints of Jam Band, and Ambient-Theatrical Metal. All songs are wonderfully simple but masterful in their overall arrangements. Music reminded me of a cross between Chevelle, 10 Years, Evans Blue and Tool. This CD though a bit winded with much in the way of musical meandering it’s still quite entertaining and almost fascinating overall with an amazing vocal front and production expertise of Dailey and company. If he just so happened to write all these songs well he could be bigger than any of us realize at the moment. All songs are amazing via well-crafted pieces and top flight musicianship. There’s some incredible moments on this EP. Many songs simply personify the human experience which gives The Better Death an amazing feel in it’s attempt to connect with a cult fanbase locally or abroad. My favorite track is a toss up between “Genki” and “Count Darkula.” 

The Better Death have proven themselves with this latest release. With 2 releases underneath their belt were a bit beyond that now. They are clearly an undiscovered Progressive Juggernaut around Texas. All 4 members are clearly capable songwriters, artists and musicians. I must admit The Better Death sucked me in like a powerful drug and refused to let go long after the EP was over. This usually indicates he is something special about the artist or band in question. Thus deserving praise, recognition and musical fame at the international level.


Overall Rating 7/10

by Drew Blackwell edited by Mindy McCall
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