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Daylight Dies
A Frail Becoming
September 2012
Released: 2012, Candlelight Records
Rating: 4.0/5
Reviewer: Aaron Yurkiewicz

If Daylight Dies had a family crest, I’d wager that emblazoned in gothic calligraphy across the shield would read the words “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.” The North Carolina doomsters have pretty much been recording the same album since 2002’s NO REPLY, albeit with incremental growth in production, songwriting and presentation across each release. Which is exactly why the band’s latest release A FRAIL BECOMING sounds instantly familiar but fresh and new at the same time; the recipe still hasn’t changed, but the cooks in the kitchen have gotten better.



For those uninitiated, Daylight Dies is the best doom metal band that doesn’t really sound like a doom metal band. Layering in oodles of crunchy, almost thrash ready riffs against melodic backdrops and death metal growls, the band is able to integrate a variety of tones and moods into the music that always seems to create a most intense feeling of impending sorrow. Randomly pull any Daylight Dies track out of the catalog and I guarantee that you’ll get the heebie jeebies and a desire to write some seriously intense poetry. But what puts A FRAIL BECOMING a notch above the band’s own benchmarks is the pace of the 9 tracks on the album; it’s a much more up-tempo listen that doesn’t get mired in its own depression.



The opening track “Infidel” is a pristine example of the band’s philosophy on the album, it’s a punchy tune with a headbanging groove and some slick lead work, but it’s awash in dreary harmony licks and dark, dreary tones. Or better yet, the openly gothic wrist slitters like, “Sunset” or “Ghosting”. These tunes feature a clean vocal performance from bassist Eagan O’Rourke and a more traditional depressive goth ambience, but the tracks never get stuck staring at their shoes, sounding almost like dark power ballads at times. It’s a simple enough nuance, but collectively it makes the album flow much more fluidly than 2008’s LOST TO THE LIVING and keeps you involved in the proceedings from start to finish. It’s worth mentioning that the production job doesn’t sound as obtuse as it has on previous albums; it’s got a brighter veneer to it that makes the highs sound crisper and the lows sound more profound. Again - a simple enough nuance, but one that speaks volumes.



Doom fans already know what to expect from Daylight Dies at this point, and A FRAIL BECOMING won’t disappoint the die-hards. It’s a potent album that speaks to the best of what the band is capable of, and it’s flexible enough to pull in some new converts along the way. A FRAIL BECOMING is available October 9th through Candlelight Records.
Track Listing

1. Infidel
2. The Pale Approach
3. Sunset
4. Dreaming of Breathing
5. A Final Vestige
6. Ghosting
7. Hold On To Nothing
8. Water's Edge
9. An Heir to Emptiness

Lineup

Jesse Haff - Drums
Barre Gambling - Guitars
Egan O'Rourke - Bass, Vocals
Charlie Shackelford - Guitars
Nathan Ellis – Vocals


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Daylight Dies
A Frail Becoming
November 2012
Released: 2012, Candlelight
Rating: 2.0/5
Reviewer: Metal-Rules.com UK Team

It’s hard to know what to expect from a band that you have never listened to before, there’s always that excitement that they may bring something new and exciting to the table, opening your mind to a whole new world of sound, maybe they’ll even become your new favourite band!

Daylight Dies are not one of those bands.



Everything they play is solid, but there is a general whininess to their sound, fair enough they’re playing some hefty melodic doom, but they have eschewed that poetic macabre that is so appealing about the genre and instead created a sound that sounds more like the pitiful complaints of someone whose tea didn’t have quite enough milk in it, that the bus turned up exactly 30 seconds late, or that their BLT was more lettuce and tomato than bacon.



There is nothing that stands out as particularly impressive, but this is decent throughout and this is their fourth studio album, so someone out there must like them.



Review by Sam McKavanagh
Track Listing

1. Infidel
2. The Pale Approach
3. Sunset
4. Dreaming of Breathing
5. A Final Vestige
6. Ghosting
7. Hold On To Nothing
8. Water's Edge
9. An Heir to Emptiness

Lineup

Nathan Ellis – harsh vocals
Barre Gambling – guitars
Charley Shackelford – guitars
Egan O'Rourke – bass, clean vocals
Jesse Haff – drums


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