Released: 2010, Indie
The amount of new, independent material coming out of Alberta is stunning. This must be the 15th album I’ve heard this year from my city alone. DAY ONE follow in the footsteps of many other local bands by offering a high quality slab of technical Death and thrash all mixed in to the same pot.
The self-titled debut is an adequate package, the budgetary restrictions are evident with no photos, lyrics and very few liner notes. The cover art is an eye-catching drawing of an Arctic troll-type dude; very Neanderthal! The guy looks like he could bludgeon you with his spiked club, kinda like the music on the disc. Any money they saved on packaging went to production because the disc sound great, loud, clear and bright.
DAY ONE’s debut is compromised of eight pummeling tracks clocking in at just under half an hour. The album is pretty unrelenting which is a good thing. The band is on fire with lots of solos and tech-based playing all over the place. The trio know just enough not to cross the line that could blur the band into virtually unintelligible tech death. As it stands, they are clever enough to know when to pull the brakes on the constant time changes and put their heads down and find the pocket. I’m always impressed by the caliber of musicianship in the area, especially for young bands. You have to be good to compete in this crowded genre.
Vocally the band utilize a dry-throat shout style like Phil of Pantera which I’ve not been a big fan of as it limits the natural range of the voice. Sure it’s heavy as hell but it sounds like a hundred other singers out there with the same delivery. Singing isn’t easy, shouting is and Day One fall into the shouting style of so many bands these days. It’s a very minor criticism, the vocals are heavy, angry and expressive, just not my preferred style.
Day One sprinkle little surprises here and there like the super shreddy soloing on ‘Punishment’ and the just hints of keyboards on the last cut ‘Now Your Dead’. The technical proficiency is high but the band never loose sight of the song. The songs might not be the most melodic or catchy but they certainly are uncompromising and intense which is the point. There is a lot going on in these songs for those who care to listen.
DAY ONE is very promising debut. The band has all the right moves, the skill, a bit more experience and some time to establish an identity in a crowded and competitive field, I think they have what it takes.