Daylight Dies

A Frail Becoming

01. Infidel
02. The Pale Approach
03. Sunset
04. Dreaming Of Breathing
05. A Final Vestige
06. Ghosting
07. Hold On To Nothing
08. Water’s Edge
09. An Heir To Emptiness

[Candlelight Records]

It’s really difficult to put certain acts into a genre, especially when it comes to a band that mixes styles. The amalgamation of inspiration leads fans to not only revel in their sheer inimitability, but also marvel at how well they can pull it off. Daylight Dies is a band that seems to mix the melodeath style of having those crushing harmonic lead guitars with the slow, down-tempo trudge of doom. One of America’s frontrunners in their genre, they released some of the best albums to come out of their musical realm. However, after four long years between Lost To The Living and still trying to triumph over the success that was Dismantling Devotion, the band had quite a large order to fill.

The album opens up with ‘Infidel’, one of DD’s “fastest” tracks, though by the rest of the metal world’s standards, it’s no blistering assault of blast beats and tremolo picking. However, it’s the right way to start off the album. Arguably one of the strongest songs they have ever recorded, it really lets the album open on a high note, and shows all those DD fans who have wanted this album for the past few years that they haven’t lost their touch.

The production on this album is very well done, although at times it dances on the line between too loud and just perfect. One of the greater aspects of the album, however, is its application of clean vocals. The songs they chose to implement them on really work harmoniously, crafting some of the most memorable vocal lines on the album. “Let’s watch the skies fall, await the world to take us home, let’s watch the sun fade….” from ‘Sunset’ is a highlight. While the cleans are immaculate, and even give a nod to Katatonia at times, the harsh vocals make this record better. Daylight Dies have a specific way of crafting vocal lines over leads, and with other bands the two elements fight for leading focus, but with Daylight Dies, it is very difficult to gravitate towards one or the other.

Unfortunately, this album has some downfalls, the main one being the fact that, while the songs are catchy in the moment, they don’t really stick after the album ends. Not to retract from my other statements, but sometimes it seems like I come back to the record for just that one section within a song and not the whole song itself. Another flaw with the album is the fact that some riffs sound familiar, although with this type of music it’s natural to hear similarities, since the majority of them use the same tuning and similar riffs. It’s nothing too serious, though, because when you do listen, it really strikes a chord.

Daylight Dies have admitted themselves that this album nearly didn’t come to fruition, and they didn’t think it would be realized fully. While it wasn’t as spectacular as it could have been, it’s still a very relieving feeling to know that one of doom’s finest are back with a killer album, and while not surpassing Dismantling Devotion, it is a close second, and hopefully is a sign that this band won’t be done for a long time, and that they will continue to bring us some of the best melancholic music the world has to offer us.

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