Review Summary: nickelback christiancore
Music review sites can sometimes be the hilarity of the entire interweb, especially those that garner mass attraction. TuneLab for instance, recently dished out a 9/10
to both Creed and Puddle of Mudds’ “return” albums, and an 8.5/10
to Five Finger Death Punch’s insipid sophomore attempt. I bring this up because establishing a worthwhile rapport with a review is significantly impossible these days. To be truthful, if you’re not listening to the radio from sunup till sundown anymore you may never understand why terrible, terrible bands like Attack Attack! are allowed a second shot at releasing a cd.
This brings us to Day of Fire, a band that at one point controlled a large underground fan base in the Christian community. With a lead singer who sounded identical to that of radio king Chad Kroeger and guitars that were just edgy enough to stay beneath the airwaves; the band was some town’s [insert adjective] kept secret. Well, they’ve now “exploded” onto the scene with the first single from their latest album Lately
creeping up to steady 34 on the “US Mainstream Rock” charts. I’ll start there since the first 4 tracks of this snore fest bring absolutely nothing new to any table, whether that is leftovers or a buffet on a variety of vomit. In fact opener Light Em’ Up
, (aside from its clear attempt to reach the same crowd as that of their peers Rev Theory
with its title), enters with such a dull guitar riff and poor vocal performance I had to refrain from cutting the song and album short.
Back to Lately
though, which seems to have the largest identity crisis on the album, and it’s a head scratcher to understand how it was chosen as the best representation for this “body of work”. Dabbling between stealing Puscifier
effects / distortion and riffs from other irrelevance HellYeah
, the bands first problem is needing to stick to one (crappy) band to rip off, and then not suck so much at doing it. You know it’s a bad sign when you can’t tell the verses from the choruses, and have to search to hear what the bass is doing different in the so called “bridges” or climaxes; which I’m fully positive there are no inclines to be found here. The instruments, which have never been a focal point for the band, are absolutely wretched all around. Having apparently no aspirations to offer variety between tracks, all guitar leads sound identical and every drum fill is just a waste of space, you can now see the parallels with their contemporaries Nickelback
. Saving grace and lead singer Josh Brown, may be dead, at least it sounds like he’s singing with six feet of dirt in his mouth; offering no range he brings a new found pain in listening to each 3 minute torture sesh. He also manages to deliver some of the most clichéd lines I’ve heard in a while.
All in all, this is some of the worst music I’ve forced myself to listen to all year, and even nostalgia isn’t enough to reprimand the experience delivered. I find it my duty to eschew a warning to those even thinking about, thinking about streaming this album. Trust me this is no 9.5/10.