It takes a rare CD to turn my head for something out of the ordinary, but that’s exactly what happened when I received the latest release from Daylight Dies. The album’s tone is set with the opening track “A Life Less Lived” which clocks in at an epic eight minutes plus, and it doesn’t get much shorter from there, with most tracks falling in the five to seven minute range. Dismantling Devotion marks Daylight Dies’ return to recording after a four-year break.
Instrumentally, some of the longer song instrumental intros will remind you of your favorite early Metallica riffs. Vocally, it’s hard not to make the Opeth comparison with a hostile vocal laid over a strangely calm and driving metal landscape. The band is described as “Dark, Desperate and Melancholic Metal” and they certainly fill out that definition! Daylight Dies delivers a song and a moment for each of your moods, whenever they may strike.
While definitely not the heaviest album you will ever come across, the Daylight Dies album has a little bit of something for everyone, whether you are a prog-rock guy, a heavy metal guy, or maybe you are that guy that likes to play air drums while the fan blows your hair back. Just kidding, kind of.
Daylight Dies have assembled a strongly compelling album that times out at almost an hour, and they get that done in a mere eight tracks. There is a good amount of clean vocals that are mixed into the songs to good effect, and probably the best thing about this album is that while the songs are long, they don’t overstay their welcome.
The band itself originates in North Carolina, which floors me. I was for sure that like many of the good bands in their genre, surely they must be from Finland, or Norway, or somewhere, but North Carolina, eh? Knowing this, there might just be hope for this thing called “music” yet!
Tour dates for the band appear to be limited to a couple of dates in July opening for Emperor in New York City. Hopefully with the album release forthcoming in March, more dates will be added.