Tragedy
Darker Days Ahead


2.0
poor

Review

by Dante Alighieri USER (85 Reviews)
May 28th, 2012 | 28 replies | 6,968 views


Release Date: 2012 | Tracklist

Review Summary: aka. Darker Days Are Already Here

Tragedy - Darker Days Ahead

If the past couple years have taught me anything it’s that crust punk couldn’t give any less of a *** about legacy; I mean, just look at Amebix. But moving on, Portland melodic crust act Tragedy is no stranger of the limelight, with some of the pinnacle of their style of music in the same vein as From Ashes Rise and previous band His Hero Is Gone. Seriously, how many bands are practically a copy/paste of everything Vengeance sounded like? Jokes aside, a six year period of general inactivity have done Tragedy little in terms of reinvigorating their sound, as fourth full length Darker Days Ahead proves. While the band have always had a knack for finding the middle ground between relentless, pissed off punk, and fairly melodic song structuring, Darker Days Ahead is an unfortunate meeting ground for the worst aspects of both these attributes, combined with exhausted song writing and an overall tired sounding band.

Before diving in, it’s worthy to note that Darker Days Ahead isn’t exactly a complete one-eighty on everything Tragedy have sounded like. The overall soul of the band is still intact; the dual vocal attack, passages and riffs chalk full of melody and aggression still run rampant throughout the album. What makes the album at most mediocre is just how lackluster it all sounds now. Darker Days Ahead is like drawing a straw-poll out of a hat, hoping for the big stick, but ultimately finding out they’ve all been cut. Even at only nine tracks long it couldn’t end any sooner. Starting off the album with “No Cemeteries Here” and “Close At Hand”, Tragedy give what seems like a half-assed attempt Cult Of Luna worship or an odd tribute to Dismember, all the backed by an extremely tiring vocal performance that doesn’t compliment the music in any way. Songs like “The Feeding Hour” and the eponymously titled track do their best renditions of Swedish death metal but ultimately fail to create anything noteworthy. It’s true that the Tragedy that most fans have become accustomed to doesn’t seem to be present on Darker Days Ahead: their legacy may already be secured but with and with an album like this it will only help to reinforce the impact that Tragedy had on us in the years past.



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cvlts
May 28th 2012


8954 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

maybe you guys'll like this more than me

sorry for not reviewing more.

Adabelle
May 28th 2012


4257 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0 | Sound Off

Nope, sux, solid review, have absolutely zero desire to listen to this again, ever

Maniac!
May 28th 2012


26250 Comments


lol didn't know they were gonna put out new material


won't even bother

HSThomas
May 28th 2012


668 Comments


riff fuck off.

Album pretty much contains the worst aspects of Tragedy. Great Review.

ApplicationToHeaven
May 28th 2012


1561 Comments


Just listened to a song from this and it was horribly bland, always thought Vengeance was a little overrated though

illmitch
May 28th 2012


5429 Comments


s/t > vengeance

Blackbelt54
May 28th 2012


4269 Comments


I love Vengeance it's my favorite crust album

Probably won't even listen to this

Digging: Cayetana - Nervous Like Me

cvlts
May 28th 2012


8954 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

i'd argue which tragedy album is best but tbh i dont care so

trix4dix
May 28th 2012


343 Comments


are there phantom of the opera riffs in this like in conflicting ideas

alachlahol
May 28th 2012


7489 Comments


dont understand the references you make to swedish death but this album is definitely lame

Owantjaaaa
May 28th 2012


3232 Comments


Inb4 "this album is a tragedy"


Digging: Roses Never Fade - Devil Dust

Xenophanes
Emeritus
May 28th 2012


10593 Comments


Did not fucking know about this!!!




But damn it sucks to read all the negative feedback : /

ShadowRemains
May 28th 2012


20687 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

has no replay value whatsoever

listen to the new hammers album, it destroys this

Digging: Banks - Goddess

Rail
May 28th 2012


516 Comments


Ugh, balls. I was looking forward to this.

Digging: Phaeleh - A World Without

Owantjaaaa
May 29th 2012


3232 Comments


Yea me too :[

Kris.
June 1st 2012


12345 Comments


yea i definitely tried to like this but then after the first time i listened to it i was like



okay
once was enough

XingKing
June 28th 2012


10561 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Why was there no word that this album even existed? It completely flew under the radar and anyone who has heard it seems to hate it. I'm listening to it right now. Seems... underwhelming.

despo
August 29th 2012


1 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

What the fuck??? I was so happily surprised by this album. I think it's by far the best tragedy album and probably the best crust album this decade. The have progressed from the melodic d-beat style.

I always liked the slow dark and heavy parts the best by Tragedy and here it's all about the heavy and even atmospheric stuff, it kinda sounds like the best parts of bolt thrower, amebix, neurosis, and even some his hero is gone. This is just awesome and I can't believe what I'm reading from you guys. Seriously you are missing out something here??

XingKing
August 30th 2012


10561 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

This is definitely the worst material they've ever made. The dark and heavy parts were so enjoyable on the previous releases because they were used effectively. Obviously they didn't know how to properly compose an entire album of that type of material and gave us one of the most disappointing albums from an amazing band that I can recall in a long time. It's a shame it took too long to make too. Had it been released a year or two after Nerve Damage, you might be able to say "oh they're just experimenting and they'll bounce back" but it took them six whole years to deliver this garbage...

Xenophanes
Emeritus
September 26th 2012


10593 Comments


I completely forgot about this.



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