Thursday, December 06, 2012

Daylight Dies-A Frail Becoming

Candlelight Records

It's been four years since Daylight Dies released their last album. That's four years time in which to tighten up any loose ends and make sure that their brand of Southern doom hits all the right notes. While I have personally never heard the band's last album, 2008's "Lost To The Living", I've got Metal Mark's review to go by. Since I trust Metal Mark's judgement it does sound as if there has been a change for the better between 2008 and now. My educated guess would be that this new 9-track release offers growth even if the band's own sound continues to be the very definition of melancholy music. From listening in on what must there own personal hell, Daylight Dies embodies a haunted soul, taking on a journey deep into the realm of demonic depression. Existence is nothing but gloomy weather by the sound of this LP. If that sounds like a critique of the doom and gloom metal element and lyrical content it's certainly not all that bad as Daylight Dies pulls off mysteriously eerie music that achieves exactly what it sets out to do. What would be the band's cause then? I'd say it's to create music that scares the hell out of you and makes you reflect on your own tortured demons. This 5-piece band is frighteningly somber and effectively lead by the harsh vocals of one Nathan Ellis. Formed in 1996, in Asheville, North Carolina, "A Frail Becoming" is the sound of misery. Mixed by Jens Bogren, at Fascination Street Studios (Opeth, Katatonia, Devin Townsend), the band's forth album won't be for everyone as it is metal that is dark and dreadful. For those who take comfort in the most dreary of all things doom though this is not the end of journey for you, but rather it is the true beginning as Daylight Dies have really hit upon a sound and style that, while depressing as all hell, is a truly a winner.

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