DRIVEN UNDER – Hello Mr. Defeat

DRIVEN UNDER - Hello Mr. Defeat
  • 4/10
    DRIVEN UNDER - Hello Mr. Defeat - 4/10


Release date: April 26, 2019

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Hello Mr. Defeat is the second full length album from Switzerland’s Hard Rock band Driven Under. Comprised of Patric Bouffe, vocals, Daniel Gebert, bass, Fabian Koch, drums, and Steven Hohl, guitar, the band describes their music as “straightforward metal party hits.” Hello Mr. Defeat was recorded in the band’s own studio, and mixed and mastered at Studio Fredman by Fredrik Nordstrom. Recording in your own studio can be a double edged sword, especially without someone outside the band to give honest feedback. While the songs are solidly constructed, there is just so much that could have been better. The vocals are often pitchy, the guitar solos are poorly constructed and executed. The drums are performed very well, but don’t stand out in the mix like they should. The rhythm guitars are well done, as is the bass guitar, which is mostly buried in the mix.

Despite having an outside person do the mix and master, this record could have been much better with a producer/engineer involved in the production. “Breathe” is probably the prime example of this. It has good bones, but the lead vocals and lead guitar are off in so many places, it should have been redone. There are numerous cringeworthy notes from both throughout the record that sadly take what could’ve been a solid release and make it sub par. Still worth a listen to Hard Rock, Metal, and Melodic Rock fans.



  • Stevie Shred

    Stevie was a reviewer here at Metal Express Radio. He is currently the lead guitarist for Melodic Rock band Red Reign, based in Richmond, Virginia, USA. Red Reign toured with Tesla in 2017, and shared the stage with Dokken, FireHouse, Lita Ford, Kix, Quiet Riot, and others at various dates around the US in 2018. Stevie heard his first KISS record at the age of 6 and was immediately hooked on Rock and Roll guitar. Over the course of years his tastes evolved, graduating from KISS to Ozzy and Van Halen; and then into Hair Metal. Over time, harder and faster music drew him. Bands like Metallica, Pantera, and Anthrax led the way, and Killswitch Engage took him over the top. Stevie has a deep passion for the guitar, not only playing them, but building them as well.

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