Night Kills the Day is a band that draws upon the doom and gloom sound of a band like The Cure, and then molds it into something a little different. Their debut album, The Study of Man..., offers up a layered journey into melodic gloom rock. It has an infectious sound that will lull you in and dig around in your emotional layer for a while. The album is a well produced, easily accessible, collection of original tunes that is well worth spending a little time with.
I am not quite sure how to approach a review of this album. It is outside my normal realm of metal, therefore stripping me of my frame of reference. Still, it is an album that should not be ignored, as there is a beauty to the composition. It has a feel of The Cure, with a touch of U2, a pop album that just really works.
Despite the obvious connections to the before mentioned The Cure or Bauhaus, Night Kills the Day stands apart. The four piece have crafted a mature, and layered experience that has a certain New York feel. A wide breadth of experience in the city they call home, all compiled in a scant 35 minutes of music.
They open with "After Hours," a layered journey to gloominess, mined for a soothing effect. It is followed by the Cult-esque "Rainbows in NYC," a catchy pop song that will stick in your head as it grooves along. That leads into the first single, "Dive," a rocker that is surrounded by different aura than the first two, yet stands as a lead single, giving an idea of the spectrum that Night Kills the Day covers.
This is a band that brings something to the table, a unique vision that calls upon a variety of influences that are filtered through their mind and reconstructed into this gloom rock with some pop sensibilities. It is quite a good album.