Dayseeker
Origin


4.0
excellent

Review

by Gameofmetal EMERITUS
September 6th, 2015 | 27 replies


Release Date: 2015 | Tracklist

Review Summary: An improvement on all levels over a fantastic debut.

Despite being such a great record, Dayseeker’s sophomore outing Origin explodes on a bit of a sour note. It’s not so much an issue with the music, which is still quite good if a bit by the numbers for the post-hardcore outfit, but venomously bitter lines like “You should be ashamed of the trash you let between your legs” doesn’t make for the best or most mature first impression. The band wastes no time in setting thing to rights on the very next track luckily. The moody “A Cancer Uncontained” involves everything Dayseeker does well. Rory Rodriguez, the indisputable star of the album, is at his absolute best with his soaring, powerful clean vocals taking the lead and passionate lyrics to give them a better backing. The music is measured and paced carefully, with softer tones contrasting nicely with the more aggressive, metallic riffs. In many ways it’s the track that should’ve opened the record. Despite the early stumble, Origin is one of the more impressive albums to come out of modern post-hardcore (bordering closely on metalcore) thanks to an adequate balancing of the genre’s tropes with an outstanding control of melody, atmosphere, and understated intricacy.

Dayseeker’s debut What It Means To Be Defeated was impressive enough, but Origin quite literally takes every single aspect to the next level. The album is catchier, it feels bigger, and the band’s weak spots are mostly ironed out. Chiefly, Rodriguez’s harsh vocals (think Beartooth’s Caleb Shomo) fit more snugly in the mix than they did on the previous album while the heavier moments they appeared on are better placed and more creatively done. Yes, Dayseeker uses breakdowns without fear, but they don’t abuse them. For the most part they are used well and at the right moments, but it’s clear that it isn’t the area Dayseeker truly excels. Instead, it’s the melodies and the hooks, the energy and aura of passion the band manages to inject into every track. While the vocal performance may be massive and attention grabbing, it would be a shame to ignore the band’s surprising ability to build around him in the best ways, adapting and moving with grace that you just don’t see in the genre very often. A couple of breakdowns may be a bit heavy handed, but then a moment like the post-rock influenced tremolo lead on “Dead to the World: Alive In My Eyes” comes along. And that’s not to mention their powerful grasp on atmosphere and their skill at balancing short but sweet tracks with expansive songs like closer “Never See The Sun Rise”. It may seem like there’s an overload of good qualities to mention (perhaps a bit “too good to be true”) but it simply speaks to the sheer quality this young band has brought out with Origin.

For being the band’s second release, it’s really remarkable how little they manage to do wrong. The opening track is a bit of a stumble, but even then it’s a pretty pleasant one. Dayseeker know their strengths well, building them up immensely, and they know their weaknesses, likewise refining those soft spots. Origin is certainly an underrated gem in modern post-hardcore that absolutely shouldn’t be missed.




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Gameofmetal
Emeritus
September 6th 2015


10777 Comments

Album Rating: 4.2

Working on getting back into reviewing after taking a bit of break. This band has been whirling through my head for most of the week, criminally underrated.



Recommended tracks: Really the first three right after the opener are some of the best but literally every song has a lot to offer.



true rating is probably like a 4.2/4.3

DaveyBoy
Emeritus
September 6th 2015


22494 Comments

Album Rating: 3.9

Great review for an album that needed one. Album should make my top 25 come year-end.



Following a neglected debut, talented Californian post-hardcore act Dayseeker return with excellent 2nd LP 'Origin'. Well-produced by Nick Ingram, the sweet & sour dynamics are pulled off masterfully by the quintet. Impressive front-man Rory Rodriguez seamlessly transitions from aggressive screams to soaring melodies, while the musicians also adapt to each song with skill & precision. The heartfelt & engaging lyrics are delivered passionately, with this record just oozing atmosphere & emotion. Detailed & intricate, this is a relatively consistent & very cohesive 47 minutes worth. Recommended Tracks: The Earth Will Turn, Never See the Sun Rise, A Cancer Uncontained & Spotless Mind.



Gameofmetal
Emeritus
September 6th 2015


10777 Comments

Album Rating: 4.2

yeahhhhhhh davey knows whats up

TooLateToGoBack
September 8th 2015


2008 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Still not a fan of that production, but this is a fairly excellent album otherwise.



Those cleans are absolutely on point.

Gameofmetal
Emeritus
September 8th 2015


10777 Comments

Album Rating: 4.2

Those cleans are absolutely on point. [2]

OverSlyZed
October 23rd 2015


164 Comments


The production is still very bad.

outliers
March 8th 2017


1483 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

This is a criminally underrated album. The cleans and song writing are some of the strongest I've heard in a genre that's largely mind-numbingly boring.

Beardog
October 20th 2017


3586 Comments


Thought this would be general post-hardcore trash but it's pretty well done

KingDweedle
June 3rd 2018


392 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

This teeters between a 3.5 and a 4 for me. Overall it's wonderful albeit a bit lacking in standout moments. I think I prefer the previous album just a bit.

outliers
June 4th 2018


1483 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Never See the Sun Rise is amazing

outliers
April 12th 2019


1483 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Never See the Sun Rise is still amazing



SteakByrnes
August 8th 2019


19552 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

New song is amazing

Digging: Spiritbox - Singles Collection

Beardog
August 8th 2019


3586 Comments


Yes, the two singles show huge potential!

outliers
August 8th 2019


1483 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

have they announced when the album will drop yet?

Beardog
August 8th 2019


3586 Comments


Not sure, but you can pre-order on their site

SaveBandit
October 23rd 2019


1080 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

This is still their best. This album fucking rules. Revisiting their whole discog after seeing them live last night haha.

SteakByrnes
October 23rd 2019


19552 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Yea this is their best, the debut is a close second tho

SaveBandit
October 23rd 2019


1080 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Agreed. New one actually might be tied with the debut for me.



Origin>Debut=Sleeptalk>>Dreaming

SteakByrnes
October 23rd 2019


19552 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Same ranking except Sleeptalk is a bit behind the debut, good shit brother

heck
October 23rd 2019


4643 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

sleeptalk > origin > dreaming and I haven't heard the debut



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