Ded’s debut album ‘Mis-An-thrope’ pulls no punches!

photo credit ©Andrew Stuart



What can you say about a record where the title is the very definition of a general hatred, dislike, distrust or contempt for the human race? I know the thought of that doesn’t sound very appealing to most, but hear me out: People use music as a way to help them cope with everyday life, and if you’re an angry person (such as I am), you use music to help you release whatever anger is inside you. So thanks to Ded, instead of spending hundreds of dollars on a therapist, I spent about $10 on their CD instead.


Mis-An-Thrope starts off with a punch and continues to throw punches in every song. These guys don’t hold back! Even with the ending track being softer, it ends on an eerie note that still hits hard. The album has familiar sounds to it. You can tell these guys have been influenced by acts like Korn, Slipknot and Papa Roach, but they’ve mixed it all together to create a unique and refreshing style that I haven’t heard in a long time.


I had the opportunity to see Ded perform live in Camden, NJ, on the SOS tour with Korn and Stone Sour. They were the first band to go on after the doors opened, so naturally they started their set to a smaller crowd. With that being said, while photographing their set, you’d think they were performing in front of a massive crowd—especially after hearing the cheering and singing along. Ded’s performance brought out an energy that I haven’t seen from a newer opening band in quite a while. After their set, a mob of people rushed to the merch booth to get their hands on Ded merch. I can tell you first hand, after what I witnessed, this band’s music career is far from dead (pun obviously intended).


Ded’s frontman Cotela says, “With our music, we want to make the listener feel like how you feel after you’ve watched a really good horror movie: on edge, jittery—and very much alive.” Well congrats, Mr. Cotela, you’ve succeeded. Now this listener will be sleeping with the lights on tonight.



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This versatile photographer found his love for photography at the young age of 16. Being a huge fan of music, he quickly began to focus on photographing musicians and live concerts. He started out photographing performances in small clubs and bars, moving on to larger venues within just a few months and eventually traveled with various artists. He then moved to Atlantic City, NJ, where his work was discovered by Caesars Entertainment. He was brought on board as their photographer in 2012, which allowed him to branch out and start photographing some of the biggest names in music, television and film. Event photography is an art in itself, and Mike’s work is truly that: art. His growing profile of very impressive artists shows that he and the product he puts out are appreciated. At a young age, with a huge career in front of him, he has already experienced what many photographers years ahead of him long to accomplish. Today, Michael continues his work as a photographer and also reviews movies, television and music.