Review Summary: A debut album that shows many signs of experience, however in-consistent at times. However there are some disappointing flaws over the length of the album.
With ‘Dark New Day’s’ debut album, many will instantly see that they are not testing any new ground, but they have managed to release a radio rock album that at times is heavy, soft, melodic, slightly progressive, and full of harmony. All these elements sit below the flaws that plague some of the albums tracks. It took twelve years for the members of this band to come together and release this debut album (hence the album title) and as all members were at some time working on other projects listeners can expect a some-what already polished sound when listening to tracks off the record. For the most part this is true, however there is some creativity lacking in the song writing process and it shows in the form of ‘filler’ tracks.
When describing Dark New Day’s debut album it could be said that the band presents the listener with a radio friendly, hard rock album with harmonised vocal linings, tasteful (if un-impressive) drum work, and some at times interesting guitar work that shows promise but does not break any new ground. Consistency it seems is an issue when listening to ‘Twelve Year Silence’ as many tracks are flawed, and lacks memorable features to captivate and keep the listeners attention. The album at those moments becomes a tedious and boring listen. The music however is not all bad, there are even some progressive elements thrown in, and found in track “Free”. ‘Free’ can be considered a highlight of the album and over four and a half minutes the listener should become immersed in a melodic, harmonised and well created track.
Giving the album some merit and attention from the listener includes the main single ‘Brother’. The off-beat rhythms found on the main riff lines allow for a steady head banging section (well as far as the radio rock genre goes) combined with a catchy middle section lifts the quality of the album overall. Smooth vocals mixed with the occasional scream add a sense of creative diversity which shows positively the potential Dark New Day may at times present, but the track may have seen better heights if it included some higher levels of lead work i.e. a guitar solo. A great track for new listeners starting out with Dark New Day.
Dark New Day’s album is everything you could expect from a radio rock group. They have developed a debut that is both appealing in some senses but is also a huge let down when considering the potential they have shown in past works. There is nothing suggesting a push of boundaries and the in consistency of those ‘filler’ tracks (‘Fill Me Again’, ‘Heal in Time’ and ‘Follow the Sun Down’) drop the quality of the album greatly. The production is clean and well done, suiting the style of music perfectly. Overall for rock enthusiasts there is no need to get excited about Dark New Day’s music, but there are some tracks that deserve a listen, that reinforce the potential for improvement on the next record.
I really don't get what people see in this. It has only the occasional that lifted this to average, and if it wasn't for the harmonies, i would be rating it lower. Any who's..... tell me what you think.
ask someone for help with apostrophes. I'm not an expert and maybe it's just me but I'm not sure you used them correctly in some places.
let me give you some advice: this is something I found myself doing too. hard to explain, but you seem to be fishing for the proper words when describing their sound. I've been there, and I can see it in your less-than understandable descriptions ("Giving the album some merit and attention from the listener includes the main single ‘Brother’.") and your recycling of the words like "harmonized" (which you misspelled). In general your reviews are wearing down in terms of effective and interesting descriptions.
now this is a fine line for newer writers but at the rate you're going with pumping out all these reviews, at almost 30, its time to spice things up a bit. I speak from experience and I'm not sure how to remedy this except to just recommend you take a break or maybe play around with several different writing styles
Review is succinct and great assessment of the album. I'm not really good at critiquing the finer details of a review. About 4 lame tracks, the rest good/great and Free bumps it up to 3.5 for me. Will get around to checking out the Eye Empire album.
Continue the jerk-off fest here, great review, posd. only thing that tripped me up was the summary with 2 "however"s, i
would get rid of the second sentence, the first sentence is a perfect summary, short and to the point. the second sentence
definitely wont be checking this out, sounds irritating.