Ontario's Dear Black Diary have re-released their self-titled debut EP on Year of the Sun Records, a six song set that offers up a mix of hardcore, grindcore, and death metal, delivered in a brutal and violent fashion. This is not stuff for the faint of heart, as the complex guitar riffs and crashing drums are as unrelenting as anything you will hear these days, and the screaming vocals and growls are sure to peel the paint off the walls of any room in your house. Thing is, despite the obvious talent these guys seem to have, every song sounds too similar, with the churning riffs and over the top screams seemingly interchangeable from song to song, and after a while the vocals are just too grating. It's not until the final track, "A Variation of the Colour Red", where the band slows things down for some juicy death metal with effective, deep growls, that this band offers up any variety at all. Definitely a talented bunch here, but some work needs to be done first, especially in the songwriting & arranging department, before they can take that next leap.
2) Life is the Number One Cause of Death
3) Floating Face Down
4) Elitist Waste of Skin
5) Abortion Birth Control
6) A Variation of the Colour Red