“I wanted to go back to my roots on this song, the early 2000’s hard rock type of vibes I grew up listening to. Bands like Three Days Grace, Nickelback, Papa Roach to name a few, and with those influences in mind I set to write a real banger when it came to this new release. I feel it’s one of the most creative and edgy songs I’ve written when it comes to capturing a big hooky chorus and that true American hard rock song structure that was so popular then and now. I’m excited to get this song out there and to hear the feedback, positive and negative.” – Craig Ewan

Dead Defined’s eighth single and coinciding Music Video ‘Rise and Stall’ were released on July/30th 2021.

‘Rise and Stall’ is the eighth single release for the Industrial/Pop/Rock group ‘Dead Defined’. This project is lead by Vocalist/Songwriter Craig Ewan, based in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.


When art can’t be pigeonholed or pinned down, it elevates the very medium itself. Dead Defined thrives on that sort of unpredictability, standing confidently at a crossroads between anthemic hard rock infectiousness and thought-provoking technically-charged industrial pop. Think a cross between the mind-numbing musical malevolence of Canadian super group Nickelback and Nine Inch Nails’ timeless irresistibility, and you’re halfway there. This is the vision of singer/songwriter Craig Ewan (ex-Shadows in Red) and previous driving force of Toronto hard rock band Waveline.

Media feedback: 

“Good to hear that people haven’t given up on aggressive guitar music. We need stuff like this more than ever. This reminds me of solid 90s Alt stuff in the flavor of Stabbing Westward, Filter– even some Godsmack.” Alan Cross – Radio Broadcaster (The Edge 102.1, Q107) Host of “The Ongoing History of New Music’

“Industrial rock ain’t dead! Dead Defined are putting a modern spin on the genre, and evoking the spirit of Stabbing Westward, Depeche Mode and Econoline Crush.” Soundsphere Magazine – Hull, United Kingdom (England)

Rise and Stall links

Apple Music