Daylight Dies
Dismantling Devotion


4.5
superb

Review

by Ethereal Space Yogurt USER (205 Reviews)
October 25th, 2007 | 84 replies


Release Date: 2006 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Crushing....Desperate...Meloncholic.. An excellent album in it's own mind.

Daylight Dies is an American Doom Metal band forming in 1996. They have released three studio albums, “Dismantling Devotion” being their third and best effort as of now. Daylight Dies has released a strong album that takes everything from the past and create an extremely well crafted and focused piece of music.

“Dismantling Devotion” takes the basic sound of Doom Metal and add their own ingredients to the mix, setting themselves apart from the rest of the competition. Upon hearing this, you can hear elements from several bands right away, ranging from older Katatonia, to Opeth, while still managing to create their own niche. Some bands seem to focus sorely on the vocals being at the forefront, that is not true for Daylight Dies. As remarkable as the vocals are in this CD, the instruments shine the brightest. The two guitars merge to create something beautiful, laying down well structured, extremely catchy riffs and somber melodies that hint at sadness and despair. The drumming holds the beat at a rocking pace, as the vocals soar to another level of greatness.

There is plenty of hard hitting riffs along with clean acoustic passages to be found. The guitar riffs range from oppressively slow and melodic to heavy and medium paced. Occasionally, solos are played in the mix, adding on to the melancholic atmosphere which is taking place. To me, Nathan Ellis is an improvement over their last singer. His savage roars fit perfectly into the somber music being played. A lot of fury and passion can be heard in his voice as depression engulfs him. There are some clean vocals that take presence here, oddly familiar to Jonas Renske of Katatonia. “Solitary Confinement” shows the best example of this. Melodic guitar riffs open up to slow paced drumming and Egan’s smooth crooning soon enters. There are no harsh vocals to be found on this track but that doesn’t make this bad. In fact, this is my favorite song off the album. Egan’s voice is very soothing and relaxing as the music just adds on here. Drumming wise, “Daylight Dies” keeps everything in balance, never once sacrificing subtlety for dramatic fare. Bass can be heard throughout but nothing remarkable as the bass play's third fiddle. As well as having superior song writing skills and possessing excellent talent on their instruments, “Dismantling Devotion is wrapped around superb production to finish the deal. Overall, this is quite an extraordinary album with no visible flaws in sight. Everything I ever wanted in metal can be found here. Some might find this album is too slow and become bored with this due to the slow tempos and changes that envelope this album. The structure of the music is Doom Metal at heart with melodic death influences so be wary. Take some time to appreciate what is being heard and let the music take you.

With this album, Daylight Dies has stepped up in the Metal world and delivered a monster of an album. "Dismantling Devotion" is a textured album that blends many elements into a diverse and refreshing record that has great retail play and a lack of filler. One day, they will be mentioned in the same breath as Opeth and Novembers Doom. The accoustic interludes, the instrumental passages,tempo changes, and the vocal performance are all well executed on this album. I highly recommend this band to fans of Melodic Death Metal or Metal in general, as this is a CD chock full of the heavy, the melodic and the catchy. Fans of Opeth or earlier Katatonia should have no problem getting hooked to this. You will not be disappointed. One of the best modern metal performances from this decade.

Nathan Ellis- Vocals
Barre Gambling- Acoustic and Electric Guitar
Charlie Shackelford- Electric Guitar
Egan O ‘Rourke- Bass, Clean Vocals
Jesse Half- Drums


Pros:

Strong Clean/Harsh Vocals

Excellent Musicianship

Catchy riffs

Cons:

None To Me



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BallsToTheWall
October 25th 2007


44800 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I have a confession to make. I have never had long hair in my life. I live in a sauna year long full of beautiful people and I despise the beaches, the traffic, and the people.

Digging: Pink Turns Blue - If Two Worlds Kiss

LifeInABox
October 25th 2007


3709 Comments


Meh meh meh meh meh meh

Dethtrasher
October 25th 2007


2211 Comments


Good review Balls, I will try to see if I can order this. Sounds very interesting.
Btw, I'm sorry about that with my list. I have some bands that I think you will like, but I can't remember all of them at the moment.

BallsToTheWall
October 25th 2007


44800 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

These guys are pretty amazing. Considering their American is a real shocker. Hbp, regardless of how many meh's you throw out this is still a great cd by the end of the day.

blackened07
October 25th 2007


949 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

I've been listening to alot of doom lately. So I'll be checking this out Friday.

LifeInABox
October 25th 2007


3709 Comments


The meh's were directed to the review.

Crysis
Staff Reviewer
October 25th 2007


16467 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Nice review, good to see you writing again. From your description I think I'd like this a lot.

BallsToTheWall
October 25th 2007


44800 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Yeah I was on a writers block. Havent heard anything great enough to review other than this, which was brewing for awhile.

There's gotta be a catch. There too good of a band to be from America.This Message Edited On 10.25.07

Wizard
October 25th 2007


19612 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Great review Balls. I enjoy the melodies by the guitarists. Reminds me of Opeth or Katatonia (melodies) a small bit. This Message Edited On 10.25.07This Message Edited On 10.25.07

Digging: Hans Zimmer - Interstellar

Confessed2005
October 26th 2007


3314 Comments


I've only heard one song from these guys and it was from a different album. It was pretty good; I might check this out at some point.

Crimson
October 26th 2007


1935 Comments


Decent review, very short for a 5 though but you explained the sound well. Sounds like something I might like.

jrowa001
October 26th 2007


8750 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

great review, excellent album. despite me thinking this is a great album, i tend to forget about it. so thanks for the review, i think ill listen to this todayThis Message Edited On 10.26.07

BallsToTheWall
October 26th 2007


44800 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Hmm, nice to see more people know this, if anyone could reccomend me something similar to these bands that would be great. Autumn Leaves in particular.

Thor
October 26th 2007


10202 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I've been meaning to review this album since last year. I just never got around to it.

These guys live in my area. They're much better live.

blackened07
October 26th 2007


949 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Wow, I'm glad I bought this. Good review.

BallsToTheWall
October 26th 2007


44800 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Great album isn't it? Every track is blinding with greatness.

blackened07
October 26th 2007


949 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Yeah, I can't believe their from America!

hybridstigmata
May 12th 2008


169 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I heard this cd a long time ago. I've always thought it was really good. I finally got it in the mail today and I'm glad to finally have it. I couldn't ever find it at record stores around here. The one place I found their music just had some live cd. Anyways, this is a beautiful and sad album with tons of feeling and atmosphere to it. Some of the best guitar leads I've ever heard are on here. I haven't found a flaw with this cd so it gets a 5 from me.

BallsToTheWall
May 21st 2008


44800 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I couldn't actually find it either so I ordered it. Than some time later I found this in my local store at the time. Extremely solid showing, anyone aware that their new album is dropping in June I think. I for one cannot wait.

Pebster49
May 21st 2008


2993 Comments


These guys are really good, Doom FTW! Great Review btw, glad more doom is being reviewed.



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