Daylight Dies
Dismantling Devotion


5.0
classic

Review

by Apollo USER (25 Reviews)
October 26th, 2010 | 70 replies


Release Date: 2006 | Tracklist

Review Summary: A masterpiece of despair and sorrow, Dismantling Devotion is quite possibly one of the most important metal albums of the decade.

I can think of no other band that so perfectly blends so many emotions into such a perfect concoction of melancholy like Daylight Dies does. Every element of perfection is there. Not a single blemish can be found on Dismantling Devotion. This is metal at it's finest ladies and gentlemen. While primarily a doom metal band, Daylight Dies is so much more than just that. Crushing guitars, acoustic passages, powerfully harsh vocals mixed with immaculate cleans, pummeling double bass and so much more, Dismantling Devotion is quite possibly one of the most important metal albums of the decade.

I have yet to find a band that utilizes every aspect of sadness, despair and overwhelming sorrow to rip the darkness of our souls and throw it in our faces so honestly. From the opening beautiful acoustic riffs found in A Life Less Lived to the ending sounds of shimmering waves in the instrumental track Dismantling Devotion the album does not let up for one second in providing an epic soundtrack to the winter season. Opeth comparisons be damned, Daylight Dies aren't trying to imitate anyone. This is quite simply a landmark album that anyone who enjoys listening to metal needs to hear.

The lyrics on this album speak to us in volumes. Take for example this excerpt from A Dream Resigned:

Around my waist
Are the stones I have tied
The weight
Of choices made
Diverting thoughts
Of a dream resigned

I repress
I evade
Total disregard
You bear the burden
And I will carry on

The intelligence in the lyrics cannot be disregarded. Each one of us at times 'bears the burden' of dealing with tragedies in life, and it is how we embrace and cope with these tragedies which define us. Make no mistake, many of the songs on this album are about the dissolution and futility of human relationships. Yet the songs on Dismantling Devotion are about so much more. They speak to us about regret, hopelessness and feelings of worthlessness. They don't offer any hope, any gleam of better times to come. But that isn't why we need to hear this record. It is to give in to these feelings, to let them consume and burn us alive. To let them empower and strengthen us. To realize that we can overcome and learn from our mistakes.

The final and title track as I had mentioned above deserves special mention as it is the most epic, haunting piece of music I have ever heard. It is astounding how a song without words can speak to your every thought and feeling. This is timeless music my friends. Perfect, brilliant and insightful all at once, Dismantling Devotion will take you to another place in your imagination.At a time in my life where I need this kind of music more than anything to forge negative emotions and experiences into something creative and to cope, this record is the perfect solution to express the inner darkness we all carry at times and to exorcise our demons.



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Josh D.
October 26th 2010


13968 Comments


I repress
I evade
Total disregard
You bear the burden
And I will carry on


I love Irepress.

Josh D.
October 26th 2010


13968 Comments


Great first comment, I know.

Apollo
October 26th 2010


10336 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

it was pretty great

Josh D.
October 26th 2010


13968 Comments


Who are this band like?

Maniac!
October 26th 2010


26250 Comments


I jizzed

Maniac!
October 26th 2010


26250 Comments


Review was really good. Better than any of mine.

Apollo
October 26th 2010


10336 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

:D

hmm...most people say Opeth and they do to an extent but its basically doom/death metal. I think you would like it Josh. Check this out: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZoL_57mpsNY

Apollo
October 26th 2010


10336 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

you mean that Brandon?

climactic
October 26th 2010


19366 Comments


I lurve this album

Digging: Flying Lotus - You're Dead!

Maniac!
October 26th 2010


26250 Comments


I wish my writers block would go away

Josh D.
October 26th 2010


13968 Comments


Sometimes I get writer's block, other times I just

Maniac!
October 26th 2010


26250 Comments


Yea I meant it Apollo. My reviews got nuthin on this

BallsToTheWall
October 26th 2010


44606 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Good review, obviously dig this. Look at that other guys review. This is their best, Living was too Opethian. Hope new one is awesome.

Digging: Mare Cognitum - Phobos Monolith

Josh D.
October 26th 2010


13968 Comments


That song sounded pre'ey good, mate.

Apollo
October 26th 2010


10336 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

@Maniac: Thanks bro, means alot

@Balls: Thanks man, me too

@Climatic: I love your avatar haha, so much win

Apollo
October 26th 2010


10336 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

glad you liked it, seriously give this album a spin I don't think you will regret it ;)

Josh D.
October 26th 2010


13968 Comments


I'm sure I won't regret it just because it didn't sound bad.

Crysis
Staff Reviewer
October 26th 2010


16434 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

It rules, but to call it one of the most important albums of the decade is a far stretch. Haven't listened to this in forever, might do so tonight.

Digging: Swallowed - Lunarterial

Apollo
October 26th 2010


10336 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

fair enough Crysis, I guess it just means so much to me personally that's why I made that statement. I still feel it is one of the more important metal albums of the decade though

Hawks
October 26th 2010


35838 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Nice review as always Apollo. I've been wanting to hear this for so long.



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