Nights Like These
Sunlight at Secondhand


5.0
classic

Review

by Ryan Williford USER (48 Reviews)
October 28th, 2007 | 20 replies | 9,702 views


Release Date: 2007 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Nights like these have finally embraced and used their Southern Doom/Sludge Roots.

1 of 1 thought this review was well written

Memphis, Tennessee, a city where a young B.B. King used to play on Beale Street, where Sun Studios and Graceland are located at, where you may see the sad sack NBA team called the Memphis Grizzlies play, or where you can attend/visit the University of Memphis. With a city with such a deep history of Blues, Rock n’ Roll, and Country Music, (see: Johnny Cash, Elvis Presley, B. B. King, Aretha Franklin, Al Green, Tina Turner, and the "Father of the Blues" W.C. Handy to name a few) how did a Chaotic Grind/Metalcore band come to exist in this city?

They built a large local following down here in the south and in early 2006; Victory records signed Nights Like These. They then soon entered the studio with Andreas Magnusson, known for his work with Black Dahlia Murder, and recorded their 26-minute masterpiece called We Are The Faithless. A common complaint with The Faithless was that it was just too short but to the point. Well fast forward to October 16th. Nights Like These have released their sophomore release, Sunlight At Secondhand. It appears they have listened to their fans and the critics with the total playing time clocking in at 41 and a half minutes. Was it for the best or is this band at their best with short songs? First thing you’ll notice is that the Shortest song on this album is 2:08 compared to the shortest song on We Are The Faithless, which was 1:16. The second thing you’ll notice is that since their First EPs this band has matured for the sentence song titles to one to four word song titles.

The record starts out with someone in the studio asking, “Is it rolling?” After another spoken line, you are hit in the face with the growling vocals that then flow into a grooving type vocal pattern. This has always been a great aspect about the band, the vocals flow seamlessly. While listening to the vocals you can image yourself at one of their live shows, it is that raw. I usually like some melody and clean singing, but the cleaning singeing that sometimes pop up on this album is not that very good(Black The Sun). The best vocals can be found on Claw Your Way Out. It’s not the full on growls that the rest of the record has. It has shows him using his range to make the song sound different for the others. The vocalist should continue to experiment around with his vocal range and see if he can use it to the band’s advantage to stay out of an increasingly stale and generic scene.

The guitars are the bread and butter of this band as is show on Heart Of The Wound. The Riffs are tasteful in regards to the song at that moment, are not overdone. They even add to the melody that is suppose to be in Metalcore, see Collective Unconscious. The breakdowns are done great and when they pop out a solo they show their solo skill off very well, ex. Black The Sun. When the vocals take a break, which they hardly did on We Are The Faithless, the guitars comes up front and holds everything down and makes the songs longer and dare I say it, more enjoyable. The best guitar intro is on Bay Of Pigs, and leads into the riff which leads into a great soft solo. You can feel that the band loves the sludgy slow riffs as they sometimes use them in songs like Claw Your Way Out and Empty Lungs. These guitarists have the skills to make this band one of the frontrunners on the Grind/Metalcore scene if they continue to grow and improve on every little thing; every member of the band is in their early 20s.

If the guitars are the bread and butter, then the drums are the meat because they just plow you through with the songs, ex. Samsara. The drums give the songs a great groove and will have you headbanging as soon as the song starts. The blast beats and bass drums are used the most, as in almost every other band, but, as is the case with the vocals, sound better because you can sense that live raw feeling to it. In Bay of Pigs and Collective Unconscious he uses a lot of cymbals and it goes wonderful with the guitars. The hardest hitting and fastest drumming is found on Empty Lungs. It really proves that the drumming is the meat of the sandwich. This drummer knows what he needs to do and does it the way he wants to. He has a bright future with this band.

The band has finally shown where their true roots lie. They have shown use Metalcore infused with Grind, Doom, and Sludge metal. The longer playing time really helped them out and showcased their southern roots more then We Are The Faithless, or apparently The Faithless(Rant: Stupid iTunes Ripping). The vocals showed more range, the guitarists had more time to shine, and the drummer went on and did his thing. My only minor complaint is the clean singing on Track 2.

4.95/5



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BallsToTheWall
October 28th 2007



44164 Comments


Hard to believe a Victory Records band could produce a 5 worthy album, especially a metalcore album. Decent review.

encmetalhead
October 28th 2007



744 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

you've never heard BTBAM and Darkest Hour they're always close to pulling 5 albums

Onelastime
October 28th 2007



36 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

Good review except for the "Nights Like These have released their sophomore release, ...." line. release twice in one sentence is too much for me to handle...i might cry. As for the album...ughh. There first album was explosive and in your face to say the least. This album just lacks those attributes. Just nothing on this album stands out. The drumming bores me for the most part. They are just no longer fun to listen to for me...but that is my opinion. This Message Edited On 10.28.07

BallsToTheWall
October 28th 2007



44164 Comments


I hate between the Buried And Me. Darkest Hour are pretty great, especially live but 4's at most.

encmetalhead
October 28th 2007



744 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

onelasttime, i think you don't liek this because they've slowed their sound down but yeah i'm also a fan of their fast paced stuff

ToWhatEnd
October 28th 2007



3172 Comments


So far this isn't as bad as I expected it to be, though that doesn't say much.

gasmaskman
October 28th 2007



1006 Comments


So far it's okay, but nowhere near a 5.

FlawedPerfection
Emeritus
October 28th 2007



2806 Comments


Victory sent me this album and I didn't even want to listen to it.

gasmaskman
October 29th 2007



1006 Comments


This isn't grind...whoever changed it... >.>

encmetalhead
October 29th 2007



744 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

their earlier work was more grind then anything esle and they still have some of that sound left

and also i didn't want them to see them in metalcore because they're not really metalcore

Pebster49
October 30th 2007



2991 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

ya these guys are not metalcore at all, they used to be grind but now they are sludgier. This is good tho, good change up from there last album.

beans
January 26th 2008



2332 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

this album is good...not a 5

Rabio
February 15th 2008



49 Comments


This review made me hungry. I'll check these guys out, definitely.

cvlts
February 15th 2008



8954 Comments


eh never been a fan of nights like these
said they wur for fans of BTBAM but they reallly are not LOL
good review though, to each his own

encmetalhead
March 30th 2008



744 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Victory Records is mostly offbase with their name dropping but i could see where they come from with that since they had that sticker on the faithless adn that was chaotic metalcore(in vain of BTBAM) but still pretty much off base

InsertTacosHere
April 28th 2008



153 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

I enjoyed The Faithless here and there, but Sunlight at Secondhand is a big disappointment.
a) Worst album title since Good Apollo I'm Burning Star IV: Volume One: From Fear Through the Eyes of Madness
b) No more fun grooves in the vein of "Head of Medusa" or "Ghost Town Rituals"

InsertTacosHere
April 28th 2008



153 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

c) Worst album cover since the new Super Furry Animals

Rabio
November 3rd 2008



49 Comments


Despite it's deceptive track-by-track sameness, The Faithless has found many a spin in my Playstation 2 I don't think I'll pick up Sunlight at Secondhand, but meh, when I have disposable income my buying habits change.This Message Edited On 11.03.08This Message Edited On 11.03.08

disluxia
November 20th 2008



6 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

This album rules. What the hell are you all even talking about calling them grind. They were never even close to a grind band. Well, overall this album is a definite five. This is coming from someone who loves the faithless

encmetalhead
November 28th 2008



744 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

This album rules. What the hell are you all even talking about calling them grind. They were never even close to a grind band.

Please shut up...



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