Daylight Dies

Lost To The Living

Written by: PP on 27/07/2008 09:27:23

For those readers who find bands like Opeth and Katatonia breathtakingly beautiful, but are often dazzled by their incredible complexity that often seems to require three months of intensive listening before becoming friends with any of their material, Daylight Dies will be the perfect compromise. They have the same overly melancholic, melodramatic soundscapes that are rich in underlying melody and vocal prowess, and lay them out in a smoothly accessible manner without sacrificing the grossly metallic nature of their music. In other words, Daylight Dies play a brand of progressive metal where the progressive is downplayed heavily in favour of a thunderous display of brutally beautiful vocal/instrumental interplay.

\"Lost To The Living\" has been mixed in Sweden by the same mastermind who did both Opeth and Katatonia (Jens Bogren), which is a big contributing factor to the record sounding so bloody awesome. It\'s heavy while it\'s tranquillizing, and brutal while overly melodic in sound. Whilst the record does not contain ten minute progressive mammoths, the songs still spread themselves between the five and eight minute mark. And because the songs never resort into unnecessary displays of retardedly complicated instrumental mastery and rely on a purely atmospheric melodic metal approach instead, they keep you interested throughout. Plus you can\'t be but taken away by their vocalist\'s ability to use his thunderous growls as an additional instrument to their music, much like his obvious inspiration Mikael Åkerfeldt (Opeth).

More often than not, their magnificent combination of roaring vocals, melancholic interludes, and desperate melodies make you lean back in amazement over how good these guys are, and how on earth you did not know about them before today. If nothing else, Daylight Dies demonstrate that the Swedes aren\'t the only people able to write brilliantly depressive melodic metal, which is why they\'ll be massive as soon as the Opeth fans get to know about them.

Download: And A Slow Surrender, A Portrait In White
For the fans of: Opeth, Katatonia
Listen: Myspace

Release date 30.06.2008
Candlelight Records

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