About Ded Neyber
A bond was made, and music was played, very loud and aggressively. The South Bay music scene was alive with diversity. Ded Neyber was born from the elements of thrash to melodic metal. They didn't care what people thought, and still don't. Their views on society, reflect in their hard-hitting music!.........Blood, Sweat and Bruises!...and never take SH%T from anybody.
(From Wikipedia) Ded Neyber was a seminal heavy metal band from San Jose, California in the mid 90’s. Their original style of music was both heavy and driving, but yet had a melodic and sometimes acoustic flair. The members of Ded Neyber were influenced by Black Sabbath, Iron Maiden,and San Francisco Bay Area brethrens Metallica, Testament, and Machine Head among others.
Ded Neyber was formed in 1992 and quickly gained a sizable following by playing with such acts as Korn, Deftones, Testament, Death Angel, and other metal bands of the time. In 1995, the band released their debut CD “Shades of Gray” on Earthtone Records. The initial CD tracks were recorded at Sonic Images Studio in San Jose but after being approached by Troy Luccketta, drummer for the band Tesla, Ded Neyber finished final tracks and mixdown at Troy’s TML studios in Hayward, California. Mastering was done by George Horn at Fantasy Studios in Berkeley, CA. After the release of “Shades of Gray”, Ded Neyber continued to tour in support of the CD and went on to record several EP’s and rough tracks for their second CD which would never be released. In 1998 the band finally called it quits and each member went on to pursue other interests.
Shades of Gray
What is a shade of gray? Yes, it's a variance between black and white, but it is also much more. It's the haze between right and wrong, good and bad, true and untrue... all that falls somewhere in the middle of any given subject. We, as human beings, have the knowledge and capacity to see both sides of the coin. Yet, so many choose to only look at the black or white and overlook (through either ignorance or un-acceptance) the many shades in-between. This is what Shades of Gray is about, the unspoken (or to some, unspeakable) reality that is life itself.
This madness in the world that we live in today has escalated to obscene proportions. Children are in fear of going to school because they do not want to get shot by another student. The little old store owner who hides a gun under the counter. The "down on his luck" homeless person that gets arrested for digging in the trash can for his next meal. The corrupt government official who is living quite well off of taxpayer’s money. The drive by shooting that leaves innocent bystanders dead. The innocence of a young girl who's life is slowly being robbed away by drug abuse. These and many other stories like these are shades of gray.
In writing these songs we reveal nothing new, only point to the real, sometimes painful sides of life. Don't look at these songs as negative or positive, but as a neutral reality somewhere in the middle. We are only on this earth for a short while and it would be a waste to go through life with blinders on. We must remove the blinders and take a good look around us, for better or for worst. This is our world and we have the power to change it (good or bad) but he who looks the other way is simply a moron. We are not saying go out and change the world, (although you have the power to do so, if you wish) just take a look at all sides, everything in-between black and white...
the Shades of Gray