Daylight Dies
No Reply


3.5
great

Review

by Apollo USER (25 Reviews)
July 8th, 2010 | 46 replies | 8,191 views


Release Date: 2002 | Tracklist

Review Summary: The very embodiment of despair, Daylight Dies mix of melodic, melancholic; doom metal is a winning formula for success.

6 of 6 thought this review was well written

Within each one of us lies the need to explain the dark emotions which occasionally seep into our everyday lives. We all use something to either reject and defeat these emotions, or embrace and use them to build strength of character. For some, such as myself, music is the ultimate way to express and use these “negative” emotions to our advantage. From the negative, the darkest of emotions within us, we can create beauty and transform despair into hope. then there are bands such as Daylight Dies who create self described ‘melancholic metal’ equal parts doom and death metal with some fresh elements thrown into the mix to keep things interesting.

No reply is Daylight Dies first studio album and the only one to feature vocalist Guthrie Iddings. Iddings does a decent job vocally however we have all heard the screams before. There is little to no variety and the lack of cleans which later showcase themselves on the bands follow-up records detract from the overall album. Vocally, Nathan Ellis (vocalist on the latest studio albums, dismantling devotion and lost to the living) does a much better job although I suspect a lot of that might owe to better production and mixing.

Opening track The Line That Divides opens with a haunting clean passage tinged with delay and overlayed with feeback. When the drums, vocals and bass kick in, the despair of the music is readily apparent. Double bass is featured briefly throughout the song and clean passages are interspersed throughout. Brief simple solos and leads are spaced in every song and add to the variety and complexity of each song.

What sets Daylight Dies apart from other bands is the simulataneous usage of clean and distorted guitars. The clean riffs which float beneath the harsh distorted licks, add that extra bit of emotion and variety to every track. Much like Opeth, iDaylight Dies utilize a mix of beauty and brutality within the music which is intriguing and captivating. In terms of drumming, Jesse Haff is a very versatile drummer, while primarily sticking to the slower 4/4 time signatures, he switches things up enough to keep thing fresh. The fills and double bass keep you alert and never at risk of falling asleep.

This album, like many others, contains a few flaws. The production quality isn’t up to par. It sounds muddy and muffled at times. The mixing isn’t quite right as the bass can barely be heard throughout the album and vocalist Iddings screams seem to be quieter than everything else. The guitars hold sway over everything and for those who play guitar this is a good thing. The vocalist of any band however leads the band and Iddings simply does a sufficient job, nothing more, nothing less.

As I despise track-by-track reviews, I will not go into such an analysis. There are certain songs which stand out however. Four Corners features some interesting leads throughout and fantastic drumming which deviates from the doom metal structures mainly used throughout the album. This is the song on the album which has the most variety, the greatest variance. In The Silence, primarily a softer song which contains some heavier parts throughout is slower and the spoken word parts are definitely not for everyone. However the song picks up and continually changes making this song one of the best off of the record.

Daylight Dies have captivated many of their fans attention with the sincere and honest music presented. While Dismantling Devotion and Lost To The Living are absolutely superior records, No Reply is a worthy addition to your collection. The next time a violent storm rolls through your area, turn this record on and enjoy the introspective feelings which accompany it.



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Apollo
July 8th 2010



10287 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Criticism would be much appreciated guys. This review I worked a lot harder on than the others.

Gmork89
July 8th 2010



5510 Comments


Good review, this is the only Daylight Dies album I haven't heard.

Apollo
July 8th 2010



10287 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

thanks man you should check it out, it's pretty decent

Gmork89
July 8th 2010



5510 Comments


I think I will actually. I need to pick up Dismantling Devotion again as well, I remember Lies That Bind being one hell of a song.

Apollo
July 8th 2010



10287 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

yeah dude it really is. The title track, Dismantling Devotion, is actually my favorite instrumental track ever. It's so epic.

Thor
July 8th 2010



10183 Comments


There was already an album for this, you should get a mod to move it there.

Apollo
July 8th 2010



10287 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

yeah the Spirit already took the liberty of posting a thread for me. Thanks Thor.

Deviant.
Staff Reviewer
July 8th 2010



31072 Comments


Artwork is done

Digging: Banks - Goddess

Inveigh
July 8th 2010



24927 Comments


never heard these guys, but I dig the review, nice work Apollo

Digging: YOB - Clearing The Path To Ascend

Apollo
July 8th 2010



10287 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

thanks dude


Maniac!
July 8th 2010



26250 Comments


Good review, but I think you should combine some of your paragraphs..they seem to be much too small.

Other than that, though, pretty good review :]

Apollo
July 8th 2010



10287 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

thanks a lot man I'll be editing as I go for the next few days

Maniac!
July 8th 2010



26250 Comments


Np, just make sure your paragraphs are longer than 1 sentence ;)



"Vocally, Nathan Ellis (vocalist on the latest studio albums, dismantling devotion and lost to the living) does a much better job altough I suspect a lot of that might owe to better production and mixing."



SowingSeason
Staff Reviewer
July 8th 2010



15789 Comments


really good review, especially for your third. i never heard the album so i can't say much about it, but based on your review it seems to be worth a listen... keep up the good work, i wanna see more of your reviews!

Digging: Maybeshewill - Fair Youth

Apollo
July 8th 2010



10287 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

cheers guys! I edited the review to change some of the stuff you both recommended

JizzInMyPants
July 8th 2010



2369 Comments


yeah dude it really is. The title track, Dismantling Devotion, is actually my favorite instrumental track ever. It's so epic.


hey thats my fav instrumetal too, followed by man made god and the sound of no-one listening


HumanGenome
July 8th 2010



195 Comments


would've been fitting if this had no replies, oh well...

Apollo
July 8th 2010



10287 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

^lol although that seemed to be insulting it was still funny

HumanGenome
July 8th 2010



195 Comments


no i'm not insulting you.

and apollo why does it look you're measuring someone's penis in your avatar?

Apollo
July 8th 2010



10287 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

oh okay haha

do you know Slug from Atmosphere? That's the dude in my av.



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