Dying Wish
Symptoms of Survival


4.0
excellent

Review

by Have you tried jamming Helcaraxe? USER (130 Reviews)
November 5th, 2023 | 80 replies


Release Date: 11/03/2023 | Tracklist

Review Summary: The elder ones modernized.

New Dying Wish is endearing. Odd thought to have about something as visceral and mosh-centered as this melodic-core behemoth is, but to contextualize this think about the modern state of metalcore. There are more scenes and offshoots than there has probably ever been mind you, but I think a good portion of what is out there as of now can fall neatly into “eject all else, HEAVY is objective” (Knocked Loose, Jesus Piece, Paleface) or “we’re vaguely proggers and kind of dig odd time signatures” (think Polaris, ERRA, Invent Animate, etc.). That is not to diminish that some of these bands actually rule or even to say that this stark but rather orchestrated contrast is a bad thing, but rather that it lends a great level excitement to this listener when a band can sound like a modernized variation of the sweet nostalgic foundations that the bands who steamrolled the genre founded. In the case of Dying Wish, think Killswitch Engage-style guitar riffs meets early Parkway Drive-style chugs and groove orientations with a healthy sprinkling of lush, bombastic clean vocals and an even more gluttonous smattering of scathing witchy snarls. Oh yeah baby, it rips.

Symptoms of Survival operates on varying degrees of intensity, from the d-beat style romp of the t/t to the wickedly fun tremolos about 1 minute into “Path to Your Grave” to an emotive intensity that shrouds much of back half of that same track via sweet, sweet loving melodies and a voice that is seraphical when juxtaposed to the gnarled screams heard prior. It’s all rather straightforward, with few punches actually pulled, but that all becomes menial when the well drawn from emerges still so clean, still with so much clarity for a band so early in their career. To say the least, Dying Wish has a vision of passion and anger and love that is already realized so damn well, in its piercing, melodic, and unabashedly chuggy glory. It’s a lazy and almost meaningless statement to eschew that a band “has heart”, but in the case of this record, it is on those glorious wings it rides. So embrace it or reject it-those staccato chugs on “Hell’s Final Blessing”, the abso-***ing-lutely ethereal marriage of sweet/smooth guitar scalings and soft-backing cleans on “Torn From Your Silhoutte”, the unstoppable catharsis of “Lost in the Fall”-if you choose the former, kick it back with me and join in the relentless windmill/headbang assault I am committing to as I write this. May my laptop fear for its safety.



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Dedes
November 5th 2023


9749 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Goddamn this rules

Short review (as per usual) but by the fucking gods I had to get this out cause the nostalgia vibes are real

Mort.
November 5th 2023


24843 Comments


posd

cool band, does this style way better than most

Dedes
November 5th 2023


9749 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

You got any rec's for shit in this style? I feel like it's not often I heard a genuinely memorable band doing the somewhat KE/PD worship thing very often. I've got a mad soft spot for good 2000's melocore.

JeetJeet
November 5th 2023


12023 Comments


Praying this is as good as Fragments was because some of the singles off this are kinda mid ngl

Mort.
November 5th 2023


24843 Comments


'You got any rec's for shit in this style? I feel like it's not often I heard a genuinely memorable band doing the somewhat KE/PD worship thing very often. I've got a mad soft spot for good 2000's melocore.'

closest thing i can think of off the top of my head is dead man in reno

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AA32imS0ckk

Durrzo
November 6th 2023


3203 Comments


This sound is something I should be 1000% on board with, but for some reason I cannot get into this band whatsoever. Vocalist doesn't do much for me, but even on the instrumental end I feel like all their tracks go in one ear and right out the other without ever really grabbing me. I actually miss this style, but these guys just don't scratch the itch for me.

JeetJeet
November 6th 2023


12023 Comments


Oh no, this is actually mid

Purpl3Spartan
November 6th 2023


8163 Comments


Rip

revenantpilot
November 6th 2023


5 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Need to listen more to this but currently not digging the production at all. It's just so muddy.



Loved everything about Fragments, though.

Hawks
November 6th 2023


84639 Comments


Gonna jam. M///

shawncuggy
November 6th 2023


21 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

I love this 2000's metalcore revival sound overall, but its just something about this band's songwriting choices that make me unable to fully buy in. Most core stuff can be guilty of this but a lot of this record seems like haphazardly thrown together riffs with no flow, followed by a breakdown I heard in 2009.

frozencarl
November 6th 2023


1493 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

great review man, this is a fun listen so far



"You got any rec's for shit in this style?"



i just listened to the new War of Ages album and it might scratch that itch tbh

autosacrifice
November 6th 2023


127 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

been loving this album

JeetJeet
November 6th 2023


12023 Comments


Kinda just feels like a lot of these songs climax with the same style of breakdown.
Emma absolutely fucking KILLS it on here tho, shoutout to her.

JeetJeet
November 6th 2023


12023 Comments


also shoutout to Morty for namedropping Dead Man In Reno too. Def check those guys out if yall like this style.

Spec
November 6th 2023


39056 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

This really lived up to the hype for me.

NoHellsNoHeavens
November 6th 2023


265 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Album fucking rips front to back.

FREETHEGUYS
November 6th 2023


463 Comments


if this album was just the last 10 seconds of prey for me I’d like it a lot more but yea this is a lot more undeniable than a lot of middling core from bands that used to be kinda hard. Super tight and well produced but the songs blend together, not much in terms of distinguishable parts song to song. doesn’t capture my attention but I respect someone liking it I guess

bellovddd
November 6th 2023


5155 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

midcore done well!!

nash1311
November 6th 2023


7716 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

This fucking bangs so far. Wonderful review too. Pos



I didn’t realize how bad I needed something new in this brand of coar



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