"St. Louis band Descending New Angels (aka DNA) has been blending genre elements of classic and southern rock with a strong grunge influence...'grunge with hope.' The band consistently weaves acoustic guitar and djembe drums into many of its songs. Lyrics are often messages of trials, hope, and perserverance."
"Many great bands come from Illinois; for example Styx, The Blues Brothers, Rise Against and Local H...I mention these icons because I came across a band that will soon be added to the list...Not only do these guys keep the grunge flame going, they even created their own genre: “Blunge Rock”...My favorite song so far is “Open Season” with its finely-written lyrics and blues driven electric riffs. This is the type of song that will make you roll down your windows, tune out the world, and just dive right in. DNA is defiantly on the fast track to success and I wouldn’t doubt it if I see them at Lollapalooza or on the cover of Alternative Press in the near future. Keep an eye (and an ear) out for Descending New Angels.” Open Season” will be invading our airwaves shortly, but until then you can check out their Facebook and band page, which has videos and samples of their first and upcoming album due sometime this year." -Dbloxx
“Shanks’ voice sounds like a mix between Scott Stapp from Creed, Chad Kroeger from Nickelback and Eddie Vedder from Pearl Jam....For some reason St. Louis LOVES Nickelback, which is just plain sad, but given that fact, this town will probably love Descending New Angels”
"Steeped in the heavy rock sound of Grand Funk Railroad, the James Gang and the Black Crowes...classic influences with some alternative rock angst and blues rock passion. ...well-written, emotional songs, driven by acoustic guitar and desperate vocals."--St. Louis radio station KDHX 88.1FM
““Locked and loaded and ready to rumble. That’s the best way to describe Descending New Angels’ ‘Break Me’. ‘Break Me’ screams, not at you, but with you in its defiant message of ‘never give up’. This is one tight and powerful song. The front man conveys this inspiring and hopeful message with his biting guitar and ‘in your face’ vocals while the rest of the band literally steamrolls the song along in a perfectly coordinated attack. Descending New Angels is one of the those rare bands that supplies a consistently good stream of music. Every song is unique and conveys an honest, meaningful message. There is not a single hint of pretense with this band. What you hear is what you get and what they say is what they mean. I met with this St. Louis area band’s manager this weekend and you’ll be happy to know they will be releasing their debut CD this month. So, if you’re ready for distraction with action, Descending New Angels’ is, without a doubt, ready”
“Descending New Angels’ lead singer, Randy Shanks, sounds remarkably like Scott Stapp of Creed with a little Eddie Vedder of Pearl Jam mixed in. If you are really into Creed, then this should be a reason to check Descending New Angels out. If you’re not into Creed — like me — don’t let this deter you, because not only does Shanks seem to lack Stapp’s ego, but he also conveys genuine feeling, which is where he sounds a bit more like Vedder. The music is a mix of acoustic and electric guitars and makes it clear this band began with two guitarists — Shanks and Erik Simpson. Their 3 Doors Down influence is obvious, as many of their songs begin with just a guitar riff and often with an acoustic guitar. It’s hard to find a band that pays this much attention to writing their music and playing their instruments and still has an interesting singer.”
"This St. Louis-area band has perfected the alt-rock ballad."
““‘Break Me’...message of ‘never give up’. This is one tight and powerful song. The front man conveys this inspiring and hopeful message with his biting guitar and ‘in your face’ vocals while the rest of the band literally steamrolls the song along in a perfectly coordinated attack.'””
"Shanks sounds remarkably like Scott Stapp of Creed with a little Eddie Vedder of Pearl Jam" "mix of acoustic and electric guitars ...3 Doors Down influence obvious” “hard to find ... this much attention to writing their music and playing their instruments and still has an interesting singer."