Dragged Into Sunlight
WidowMaker


3.5
great

Review

by Robert Garland CONTRIBUTOR (198 Reviews)
November 19th, 2012 | 73 replies


Release Date: 2012 | Tracklist

Review Summary: A three part soundscape that will cause a few heads to be scratched; not because of the album itself but, from the progression from their last, better recieved full length Hatred For Mankind.

A debut can be a fickle release for any group, many a time the debut is seen as a promise of things to come, quite as often the debut is seen as the band’s most successful release and a hallmark of their career. In this respect Dragged Into Sunlight isn’t all that different; their first release (the already mentioned) Hatred For Mankind showed a sludge affair that created a fanbase that would look forward to whatever the band would release in the near future. Hatred For Mankind was your typical sludge filled doom-esque release highlighting the band’s tendencies to piece together excellent song writing and dark themes to create an interesting yet accessible record. Enter Dragged Into Sunlight’s sophomore record in 2012 and those once avid listeners are left to wonder if they are listening to the same group. The band has dropped a typical track format and gone for a three part affair using a focus on drawn out melancholy, repetitious phrasing and the occasional orchestral instrument. The highly favoured harsh vocals of the previous record do make an appearance but simply the band has found a less is more approach to this particular record. Where tracks used to thunder through the listeners’ ears, they require a little more patience for Dragged Into Sunlight’s new approach.

It’s fair to say that Dragged Into Sunlight should be given some credit for trying something new. Widowmaker highlights that the band can do something away from the foundation they just built for themselves. The album itself is not really a follow up to the debut, rather it’s an exploration for a band whose identities are as shrouded in mystery as the bleak and sinister music they produce. Fittingly the album was recorded in three sections over the course of a couple of years, allowing the band to add new dimensions and experiences to the record. This allows for growth between the three sections and possibly allow for a contrast to maintain the listeners overall attention. After an eerie introduction building on suspense and atmosphere the album brings the listener to a tumult of harsh vocals, distorted riffs and steady, if not stuttering drum work. The listener is relatively hit in the ears with a baseball bat after some rather sedate passages. ‘Part II’ shows the band still know how to string together a couple of riffs in order to carry a message. ‘Part III’ regresses for the listener; the melancholy makes a return but, here contrasted to ‘Part I’ there is an emphasis on the sludge sections, highlighting the concept of the album’s internal progression. The album comes in at just over thirty seven minutes; long enough to actively demonstrate what the band was going for but brief enough as to not completely lose the listener in wave after wave of repeated passages and sometimes out of place ideas.

Widowmaker is a striking album. There is a beauty to be found in its creation, whether it be the elegant tones of ‘Part I’ the sludge filled ‘Part II’ or the culmination that brings the record together in ‘Part III’. Dragged Into Sunlight is a band that is willing to try some new things, however in comparison to the debut (especially for fans who enjoyed Hatred For Mankind massively) they seem to have lost touch with a successfully enjoyable sound. That isn’t to say that Widowmaker is a ‘throw-away’ record, more like an album to be compared to itself to be better understood, rather than as a follow up to the debut.



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NocteDominum
Contributing Reviewer
November 19th 2012


7127 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Personal rating a little different just because i'm kinda a sucker for these kind of albums. Sup Sputnik?

sixdegrees
November 19th 2012


17731 Comments


been meaning to check these guys out. I take it Hatred For Mankind is the place to start

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NocteDominum
Contributing Reviewer
November 19th 2012


7127 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Definitely, kind of makes this one a dissapointment i guess.

dylanjones42
November 19th 2012


181 Comments


I just couldn't dig this. Maybe I ought to listen to it again. I absolutely loved the first track. It was dark as fuck and hauntingly beautiful, but the other two just didn't do anything for me.

NocteDominum
Contributing Reviewer
November 19th 2012


7127 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Weird, i thought the other 2 kinda tied it together.

dylanjones42
November 19th 2012


181 Comments


I just couldn't dig this. Maybe I ought to listen to it again. I absolutely loved the first track. It
was dark as fuck and hauntingly beautiful, but the other two just didn't do anything for me.

EDIT: You mean chump.

NocteDominum
Contributing Reviewer
November 19th 2012


7127 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Double posting like a champ ; ]

ThyCrossAwaits
November 19th 2012


3065 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

I hated this both musically and as an absolute failure of what the band tries way too hard to be like. Straight 2.

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Funeralopolis
November 19th 2012


11894 Comments


No idea why they would abandon such a winning formula.

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MichaelSnoxall
November 19th 2012


12163 Comments


No idea why they would abandon such a winning formula.

Bands make the music they want to make.

JF Williams
November 19th 2012


51 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I liked this one a lot. Definitely missing that special something that made Hatred of Mankind a classic in my books, but there are some serious neck snapping grooves in Widowmaker. The first 16 minutes fly right by.

NocteDominum
Contributing Reviewer
November 19th 2012


7127 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Hey you did the other review : ) It's better when compared to itself

JF Williams
November 19th 2012


51 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Thanks for noticing! And I agree. It seems like Widowmaker was written with completely different modus operandi than HOM.

NocteDominum
Contributing Reviewer
November 19th 2012


7127 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

All goods, what did you think of this review?

Coast
November 19th 2012


213 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Good review. Their debut rules. I've only heard the new one briefly but despite the change and other people's disappointment, I think I'll still get a lot out of it.

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NocteDominum
Contributing Reviewer
November 19th 2012


7127 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Thanks man, give it a go, its good especially if your into the slightly doom aspect of albums

BallsToTheWall
November 19th 2012


44805 Comments


In before TheWizard.

zaruyache
November 19th 2012


7419 Comments


the album brings the listener to a tumult of harsh vocals, distorted riffs and steady, if not stuttering drum work.

There were RIFFS on this record? Coulda fooled me.

In before TheWizard.

Meh heh heh.

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JF Williams
November 19th 2012


51 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

It's a good review man. You cover a lot for an album that's only 39 minutes (and you seem to echo how I feel about the album). Nice job duder.

Evreaia
November 19th 2012


4060 Comments


not as good as last album, but still damn good



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