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Daylight Dies: Dismantling Devotion

My first question was "where the hell did these guys come from?" Well, from North Carolina of course! Yes, Daylight Dies are an American band playing a traditionally Swedish and Finnish style of music, that being progressive death/doom metal. Shades of Opeth, Katatonia, Amorphis, My Dying Bride, Moonspell, and Dark Tranquility, can be heard all over the wonderful Dismantling Devotion, the bands sophomore release. Dark and brooding, crushingly powerful, achingly beautiful, and calmingly progressive, are just some ways to describe the many tones and textures that Daylight Dies have put together here.

Each song on the album is in the 5-8 minute range, as the band allows themselves plenty of time (much like Opeth) to build and create drama within each piece, through the use of bruising electric guitar riffs and haunting harmonies, tortured death metal growls and melodic clean vocals, as well as lush melancholic acoustic passages. Tunes like "A Dream Resigned" and "A Life Less lived" are dark and dreary mixes of depressing doom with progressive death metal, while "Solitary Refinement" contains a plethora of slow and doomy guitar dirges, gorgeous melodic vocals, and multi-layered lead guitar passages. The overall effect is quite intoxicating. "Lies That Bind" is raging death metal with plenty of growling vocals of textured guitar chords and slashing rhythms, while the instrumental title track is a really progressive piece with heavy and atmospheric sections, thanks to some killer guitar work.

This is really solid stuff here from an American band who seem to have really hit the jackpot, creating dark and heavy songs that are surprisingly melodic. Fans of Opeth will no doubt eat this up and cry out for more.

Track Listing
1) A Life Less Lived (8:23)
2) Dead Air (5:23)
3) A Dream Resigned (7:28)
4) All We Had (6:54)
5) Solitary Refinement (5:23)
6) Strive to See (6:39)
7) Lies That Bind (5:53)
8) Dismantling Devotion (6:59)

Added: April 5th 2006
Reviewer: Pete Pardo
Related Link: Daylight Dies Website
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Language: english

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