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Daylight Dies "Dismantling Devotion" CD

Posted on Friday, March 17th, 2006 @ 10:41am » permalink

Daylight Dies - Dismantling DevotionHaving been a longtime fan of Daylight Dies since their debut EP (inexplicably released by predominantly mediocre metalcore label Tribunal Records), I've been waiting all too long for the release of their sophomore full-length, "Dismantling Devotion". The band is yet again on a new label (Candlelight Records), though this time they seem to be getting a larger push, and I sincerely hope it pays off, because this is without a doubt the band's finest work to date.

Now, it's possible that these guys will always draw comparisons to earlier Katatonia, mid-period Paradise Lost, and that whole branch of melodic midpaced metal that utilizes loads of lead harmonies over a backbone of doomy power chords that tends to thrive on brooding atmospheres and emotionally wrenching tonalities. But in my book that's damn fine company to be in, and while I would absolutely not limit Daylight Dies to such confines, I do agree that such associations exist, and fans of such artists should look into this band immediately with zero hesitation. Lineup changes have certainly fared well for the band as this record boasts one of the most powerful vocal performances I've encountered from such an act in quite some time, in terms of both the sparse appearances of singing and the dominant presence of snarled growls. Let's be honest, oftentimes aggressively growled vocals simply don't possess a great deal of actual feeling, but the vocals on this record absolutely communicate the type of pain and anxiety that the lyrics and music are building here. I'm impressed. And musically speaking this is a more focused effort that delivers eight tracks in nearly an hour without feeling particularly overbearing, and it's also consistent without lacking color – for instance there are some gorgeous appearances of acoustic guitars, and a number of more intricately layered riffs that deal with added levels of tactful dissonance or droning swells that add impact to the already forcefully rhythmic spine of the album. Hell, even the instrumental title track that closes the disc is absolutely awesome, and perhaps one of the finest moments herein.

Great artwork and photography, spectacular production (truly fucking flawless, I'm stunned)… this one's all set. Seriously, I'm perhaps irresponsibly glossing over the recording aspects of the disc, but there's nothing to bother mentioning because it sounds pristinely perfect to my ears. I can only imagine if "Brave Murder Day" or "Shades of God" were lucky enough to sound this massive and clear!

Daylight Dies "A Life Less Lived"

I'd like to post another song as there are a number of high points, but they're so long that I'll stick with what the band and label are putting out there. This one doesn't seem to have hit the distros yet, but I ordered mine straight from the band and had it within three or four days, so I encourage you to do the same if you enjoy the material:

@ Daylight Dies

Well fucking done, gentlemen.

3 Comments...

  1. Great interview with another "king of the web" writer, much like yourself…

  2. -Big Al- says:

    pretty epic interview there….insightful though. I found myself agreeing with so much of your commentary that wasn't specific to "likes" or favorites, the stuff about categorization and all that…too true. I wish more people on the web could comment on metal (or any music for that matter) intelligently.

    And For some reason these responses made me laugh hysterically…

    What detail do most music journalists ignore that you want to read about?

    In reviews: Actual literal descriptions of the music that make sense and are specific to the item at hand, as opposed to blanket statements like, "The band's unflinchingly hellacious onslaughts of devastating riffs and crushingly belligerent percussive shockwaves are sure to rip your face to shreds!" I fucking hate that shit.

    …….

    Tell me about the relationship between heavy metal and long hair. Also discuss why [...]

    [...]I do sort of think the world would be a better place if every metal band looked like Sepultura circa Beneath the Remains in terms of hair and clothing choice. Go figure.
    …..

    Classic!!
    vision street wear sweat pants RULED ASS

  3. -Big Al- says:

    this one had me rollin too..

    Bruce Dickinson wore spandex and studded bracers, and had bangs. Celtic Frost wore corpsepaint and leather… and spandex. Rob Halford looked like a gay biker in the glory days. Anthrax wore jams shorts as band fashion. Those fucking haircuts Destruction had back in the day… Why does everyone still give Manowar shit for their 1983 wardrobe?

    One word: Loincloths. Two more words: Furry boots. I'm not defending any of the above citations, except for Anthrax, because Anthrax looked silly but casual. They didn't have to work for it, they were actually comfortable, man. They weren't having to peel their scrotums from their legs or sweating their asses off in winter from 25 pounds of more-than-skin-tight leather. And they weren't wearing makeup. Plus, I think that's how they dressed, I don't really think it was "fashion". Common, everyday people wore jams. I wore jams. I did not wear spandex, leather, or studs. Or makeup. Plus, come on, man… it's Manowar, they can take it! Oh, and Halford was actually gay, so… he's less culpable than the remaining subjects, too. And hey, Immortal certainly never did themselves any fucking favors in this department, either!

    ………..

    pure comedy gold!