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D.A.D – No Fuel Left For The Pilgrims

Posted July 18, 2013 by in Hard Rock





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4/ 5

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Danish hard-rockers score unexpected international hit with career peak album, stacked with pumping anthems.

by Jaylow
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Danish hard rockers D.A.D. (or D-A-D as it is often written) made their international break-though at the height of Hair Metal in 1989 with their third album “No Fuel Left For The Pilgrims”. The band was originally known as Disneyland After Dark, and was formed in Copenhagen in 1982, releasing their first album “Call Of The Wild” in February 1986. Their early material featured a style that became known as “Cowpunk”, fusing a furious punk energy with country sounds and a heavy southern drawling vocal. By 1989 the band had incorporated chunky AC/DC style hard rock riffs and a driving, punchy sound, powered by a rock solid rhythm section.

The first single extracted from the album, “Sleeping My Day Away”, reached number 23 on the US single charts and remains a classic of the era. In addition to its infectious chorus, representative of the excesses of the time, and powerful vocals, the track featured a spaghetti-western / surf-guitar vibrato guitar sound. This sonic gimmick was continued on the second single, the similarly catchy “Girl Nation”, (originally opening side two on the album) also featuring a strong hook and pounding hard rock sound. The album itself also enjoyed success in Australia, where it made number 29 in a 16 week run on the album chart there.
The third single, a title track of sorts, “Jihad”, again rocks solidly, with another strong hook, while “Point of View” demonstrates D.A.D’s sense of humour, (“I’d like to share your point of view, as long as it’s my view too”) one of the band’s trademark features. The tongue-in-cheek lyrical themes continue on “Rim of Hell” and later on the album in “Siamese Twin”. The punchy, memorable “Rim of Hell” (“they throw the best damn parties at the rim of hell”) is followed by the equally strong “ZCMI” and “True Believer”. Late 80s glam metal bombast reigns supreme on confident tracks like “Lords of The Atlas”, “Overmuch”, and “Wild Talk”, and there is an over-riding feel of defiance and joyous rebellion.

The only disappointing track on the album comes at the very end with the bleak, discordant “Ill Will”, which seems out of step with the rest of the album’s tone, and the only time the melodic quality and power drops.

The vocals of frontman Jesper Binzer (rhythm guitar) are powerful and exuberant, mixed clearly and up-front for full effect, and the axework of his brother Jacob on lead guitar has some great moments. Stig Pedersen (bass, backing vocals) and Peter Lundholm Jensen on drums round out the line-up. With the exception on Laust Sonne replacing Jensen on drums, this line-up remains intact today.

D.A.D followed the success of the “Sleeping My Day Away” hit single with “Bad Craziness” (reaching Aus # 86) from the “Riskin’ It all” album in 1991, but never really managed to capitalise on the exposure the hit provided and back it up on the international stage. Although their time in the international spotlight was short, they continue to be one of the biggest acts in their homeland, releasing eleven studio albums, plus several compilations and live albums. Their albums still consistently top the Danish charts.

“No Fuel Left For The Pilgrims” is one of the best and most under-rated hard rock albums of all time, seldom getting a mention when the great releases of the genre are discussed, but is one that is well worth searching out – a thoroughly enjoyable set that commands regular repeated listens, filled with fist-pounding anthems, foot-tapping / head-banging beats, and solid hard rock rhythms.


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    The only thing I have to comment on is your rating of Ill Will, I think it totally works with the rest of the album! I would like to think that they want to show a heavier side before they close the album after having an almost punk-ish style throughout it and show more sort of Metallica influences as an ending, but that’s just my opinion 🙂

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