Daath
The Concealers


3.5
great

Review

by Fugue USER (58 Reviews)
May 23rd, 2009 | 24 replies | 10,383 views


Release Date: 2009 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Daath return after dropping their industrial influenes and deliver a decent if not brilliant effort, showing that with a little more focus and ambition they still have the talent to release a brilliant album.

3 of 3 thought this review was well written

My first experience with Dååth was in a dank, sweaty metal club in Portsmouth. I was there because it was the birthday of one of my best friends, and we were there awaiting main act Underoath when a shaggy, long haired band from Atlanta took to the stage to play their short stint first. Anticipating a generic American heavy metal act and without giving them a chance I upped and left for the bar, thinking nothing of them... until they started playing. Combining melodic death metal and industrial influences the sound was brutal, dense and by far the heaviest of the night. In fact they were the best act of the night, after that immense wall of sound Underoath didn’t stand a chance, and while performing well memories of the night belong to Dååth. That was in 2007 when Dååth were a relatively unknown entity promoting their debut major-label album The Hinderers. Heavy without being overwhelming and experimental without being overly schizophrenic The Hinderers delivered everything that first encounter promised and although somewhat outstaying its welcome, was one of the years pleasant surprises.

After losing vocalist Sean Farber and keyboardist Mike Kameron it would be understandable if The Concealers sounded incomplete and although new vocalist Sean Z doesn’t deliver the growls quite as well as his namesake did on The Hinderers the overall sound of the band feels if anything more complete than it did on their debut. Having dropped most of the industrial influences with the keyboard The Concealers favours an out and out death metal approach and with this Dååth seem to have found their niche. While they bring nothing new to the death metal roster, with generic thrash riffs and a multitude of blast beats dominating proceedings, the meticulous care taken not only in these but in the less generic guitar wanderings found in the more risqué tracks gives the album a sense of completeness that The Hinderers lacked.

Album opener Sharpen The Blades lets up for all of six seconds before the blistering impact of the drums enter the fray. After an instrumental intro the album opens in an explosion of sound, with the raw hoarse bellow of Sean Z well placed against the pounding drums and meandering guitars. The relentless onslaught continues with Self-Corruption Manifesto that is if anything heavier that the opener. Another good track it builds on the first, but it soon becomes apparent that the two are similar in many ways. In truth this is true for most of the album, the originality that Dååth showed so well in The Hinderers has all but dispersed. In fact if it wasn’t for the brilliance of the albums two highlights then Dååth may as well be the new Lamb Of God.

The Unbinding Truth is the first hint of greatness on the record with a crisp melodic intro making way for a densely packed aural paradise with a groovy central riff. The broken sound to the outro is very well done and stands out as one of the only daring moments on the album. ...Of Poisoned Sorrows is another highlight combining the best of the guitar interplay with interesting gruff vocals and the most astute rhythm performance on the record. This track is also the most prominent hint towards the genre mixing shown in The Hinderers with a distorted slow tempo outro suggesting doom metal influences.

The production on the record definitely a step backwards. James Murphy, known for his work with death metal legends Death and Testament has been dropped for the rather less illustrious Mark Lewis / Jason Suecof duo of Trivium and Chimaira fame. The metalcore background of the chosen duo definitely makes itself known and while The Concealers is clearly not a ‘-core’ album, some of the passages distinctly feel like it. It gives for an odd, if not wholly undesirable effect and although the glossier production suits the music less than the raw ‘rough around the edges’ approach on The Hinderers it does has its benefits as well as its disadvantages. On track that severely suffers in particular from the production is Wilting On The Vine, an overly polished generic metal song that marks the albums low point in terms of originality and uniqueness. Nevertheless the majority of the record neither gains nor loses much from this change, and as the album comes to a close the rawer elements of Dååth make themselves shown, not altogether too late.

Overall The Concealers is a better record than The Hinderers. Although multiple band members have left and the industrial quotient of the music that initially made the band stand out has been dumped, Dååth have soldiered on and become a tighter outfit because of it. Initially the album may come off as a safe option and while this is true for the majority of the music here a few tracks in particular stand out and the natural flair shown on these highlights more than hints towards greatness. Yes there is nothing new bought to the table, but the subtle hints towards genre-crossover in the albums finest moments promise a hunger and ambition that has the possibility of turning into an exceptional album in the near future, so long as this line-up stays together.

Recommended Tracks
The Unbiding Truth
Translucent Potency
...Of Poisoned Sorrows

Overall 3.5 Great



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Phantom
May 23rd 2009



8930 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

KEVIN TALLEY

Nice review. Thinking about getting this, especially if it's better than The Hinderers. Been up on stage with the band when they played in Newport a couple of years back.





Fugue
May 23rd 2009



7352 Comments


Been up on stage with the band when they played in Newport a couple of years back.


Awesome, did you see them with Unearth too?

Phantom
May 23rd 2009



8930 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I did indeed. Probably the best gig I've been to.

Fugue
May 23rd 2009



7352 Comments



I did indeed. Probably the best gig I've been to.


Was a pretty awesome gig, I've been to better though.

Phantom
May 23rd 2009



8930 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I've seen much better bands live, but it just had a really good atmosphere. Probably because it was a small venue.

Willie
Moderator
May 23rd 2009



15877 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Very good review. This is the only album I've heard from them and it was awesome. Do you think their older stuff would be appealing?

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Fugue
May 23rd 2009



7352 Comments


Bugger, first neg i've recieved in ages.

Yeah the hinderers is worth a listen Willie, I'm not sure about the self released album though as I haven't heard anything off of it.

Willie
Moderator
May 23rd 2009



15877 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Sorry dude, the neg was me. It was supposed to be a pos but I'm on my iPhone and I guess I hit the wrong button... Fixed.

Fugue
May 23rd 2009



7352 Comments


Ahh thats OK, it just annoys me getting negged with no explanation. Seems to happen a lot too.

Zoo
May 24th 2009



3759 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

The Hinderers sucked some serious balls but this turned out to be a giant step up for them, which was a pleasant surprise.

Gyromania
May 24th 2009



15199 Comments


Great review Ross. I just read this at 2:26 am, I'm sure you'll just be getting up as I head off to sleep, lol. I sadly did not write my review, but damnit I am going to do it today! Pos'd

Wizard
May 24th 2009



19210 Comments


Very good review. This is the only album I've heard from them and it was awesome. Do you think their older stuff would be appealing?

It's alright I guess. The problem I have with these guys is that when they try to mash their influences together, they just sound out of place; forced sounding if you will. I will probably check this out. Good review, convinced me to check this out.

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Fugue
May 24th 2009



7352 Comments


THanks for the compliments and stuff guys, 'tis appriciated.

Metalstyles
Staff Reviewer
May 26th 2009



8318 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

amazing review Ross, seriously great job. This seems right up my alley so i'm gonna get it

Fugue
May 26th 2009



7352 Comments


Thanks dude, let me know what you think of it if you get it.

Metalstyles
Staff Reviewer
May 29th 2009



8318 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

hey man this is pretty tight, it will be a 3.5 for now, but maybe on a longer listen I'll pop it onto a 4. The opening track is friggin amazing.

bloc
November 26th 2009



34675 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

band has two amazing, knowledgeable guitarists. i feel they are not using their full potential....

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bloc
December 7th 2009



34675 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

Emil is probably my favourite guitarist right now

EnCrypt.
January 26th 2010



882 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

This is better than the hinderers imo. The worthless and day of endless light are my fave tracks.

bloc
January 26th 2010



34675 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

Definitely better than Hinderers, I agree. Still not the greatest though, could be a lot better.



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