Dayshell
Nexus


3.5
great

Review

by Zachery S. Cotto USER (19 Reviews)
October 9th, 2016 | 26 replies


Release Date: 2016 | Tracklist

Review Summary: An inviting and familiar sophomore slump.

A band's second release is often what makes or breaks their critical reception. After bringing promise with a solid debut, new artists are pressured to prove themselves by trumping their first effort and showing that their success wasn’t some random stroke of luck. It’s a daunting task and despite the fact that this isn’t singer/songwriter Shayley Bourget’s first musical rodeo, his newest band, Dayshell, are not exempt from this struggle. With the buzz and eclecticism that the band’s debut, self-titled record had garnered--along with Shayley’s history with his previous band Of Mice & Men-- post-hardcore outfit Dayshell had a lot to live up to.

In comes the band’s newest release, Nexus, an album that was not only fronted with the loss of a key member, drummer Raul Martinez, but also featured a shift in record labels after about a year of silence from the band. Dayshell had a lot against them going into this record. Despite their tribulations, they ultimately emerged with a cohesive project that recaptures everything that made their last album stellar. That’s well and good, but it’s about all this album does.

Nexus opens up on a strong note with the track ‘Car Sick’ a song that fruitfully represents what Dayshell is about. With a catchy hook, prominent bass tone, and solid, soaring vocals this song is a strong impression on the listener of the quality of the band’s sound. After this song we’re presented with a few tracks that try to do something similar, which ends up being to the album’s dismay.

It’s apt to note that the first five tracks on Nexus all begin the same way: with a lead synth melody. In fact, a good amount of these tracks are all strikingly similar to themselves in structure and design. They all have hooks that sound alike with heavy, punching guitars and riffs. The only song of the first five in the tracklist that could be exempt from this is the groovy and somber ‘A New Man’ whose fleeting verses and chorus save it from feeling too familiar.

The first instance where the album really starts to shake things up is on the track ‘FTNW,’ an endearing song filled with catchy chants, and strong bass & lead guitar presence. It makes for a nice anthem track. Hearing Shayley cheer “Flip off the new world, baby!” is charming and inviting. The song ‘Spit in the Face’ is another strong moment on the record. It’s a track that bleeds with aggression from every one of its components. With Shayley’s powerful screams the song presents itself with forceful aplomb. The next instance where things start to variate is on the track ‘Rush Hour,’ a song that features mellifluous guitar melodies and an ethereal vocal performance that is a much needed change of pace for the album.

Aside from those key highlights, a lot of these songs suffer from sounding too much like themselves and songs you’d find on Dayshell’s previous release. The track ‘Terrified’ almost seems like a ‘Spit in the Face Pt.2,’ in example. There are just too many moments where ideas start to run dry on the record and keep Nexus from being a full progression in Dayshell’s discography.

That doesn’t mean the songs that sound similar to each other are bad by any means. In fact, what helps this album stay afloat is the consistency and quality of its music. While a lot of this album may feel like treading familiar territory, it is presented with stellar vocals, good production, solid lyrics, and involvement from all of its instrumentation. There is a lot of quality content here and that works well to keep Nexus from feeling like a bore.

Nexus can be pen-ultimately described as a collection of similar songs saved by a some variation, stellar vocals, and high quality. While it’s not a regression from Dayshell’s previous venture, it doesn’t show the change and distinction needed to solidify the band's place in the music industry. Sophomore slump or not, Nexus is an enjoyable listen and is one that shows that Dayshell still has potential dormant within them.



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ZachNyeScienceGuy
October 9th 2016


144 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

D-d-d-double upload.



Buy the album here:



https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/nexus/id1140249415

Mort.
Contributing Reviewer
October 9th 2016


13087 Comments


d-d-d double uploads are generally frowned upon just to waaarn you

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ZachNyeScienceGuy
October 9th 2016


144 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I technically waited till the next day, but I'll keep that in mind.



Sorry!

Snide
October 9th 2016


7050 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

This album is so fucking sick, cool review btw pos.

Seriously, band needs more attention on here.

Tyler.
October 9th 2016


13198 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

This really wasn't that bad. Though shaley does carry them pretty hard

Snide
October 9th 2016


7050 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

Shayley is always going to carry this band and I have no issue with that.

Although without the wonderful bass lines this, and their previous effort would be at a lower rating.

tresm87
October 11th 2016


3808 Comments


this weapon is so fucking good

SteakByrnes
October 11th 2016


3699 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

I don't think this is as good as the debut, but my word is it good

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iambandersnatch
October 30th 2016


1748 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

This has some cool songs on it after a couple listens. Was sad there was no slow ballads (that I recall), the ones on the debut bordered on cheesy maybe, but they were good.



I liked their debut a ton, although I will say that their stuff does have the problem of sounding really samey. If they could diversify their sound just a bit it would really elevate their stuff.

iambandersnatch
November 3rd 2016


1748 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

After listening to this a good bit, it's all varying levels of good except Improvise which doesn't do anything for me at all. Good record.

SteakByrnes
November 3rd 2016


3699 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

Improvise has such a good chorus though

theDisconnect
November 3rd 2016


121 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

this is so sweet. Shayley has such a great voice and the whole album riffs hard

Snide
November 4th 2016


7050 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

Shayley is probably one of the best voices in the genre right now.

SteakByrnes
November 4th 2016


3699 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

Shayley's been one of the best voices in the genre for years

silentstar
November 18th 2016


2496 Comments


any songs like "when you sleep at night"?

SteakByrnes
November 18th 2016


3699 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

Nah, unfortunately. But they more than make up for it

Snide
December 31st 2016


7050 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

I really hope the rumors about Shayley rejoining OMAM aren't true.

He fits perfectly in Dayshell, and the thing that made him great in OMAM was his dynamic with Austin.

SteakByrnes
January 1st 2017


3699 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

Yea he better just stay with Dayshell, this is so much better for him

elry2k
February 8th 2017


138 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

aka what Of Mice & Men used to sound like

SteakByrnes
February 9th 2017


3699 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

Lmao what? Of Mice & Men never used to sound like this



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