The American merchants of Death/Doom are back with another slab of melancholic and morose album, without changing their style all that much, nor the quality of their output. Frankly, if you are familiar with DAYLIGHT DIES’ previous work, you can pretty much assess whether or not you will like the album, because “Lost To The Living” fits right into the band’s discography.
To the uninitiated, DAYLIGHT DIES plays very Doomy Death Metal with some Romantic/Gothic influences as well. I’m not implying the band dresses up in frilly clothing and has a heavy Electronica/Darkwave influence and sounds like a Death Metal version of SISTERS OF MERCY. It has very crushing riffs, depressing melodies, a very somber mood and the use of slow to medium slow tempos throughout most of the album. What’s best about DAYLIGHT DIES is how they have a knack for writing extremely catchy melodies that latch themselves into your brain. Coupled with the great guitar work is top notch quality from the Death growls. The vocalist sounds like a dead ringer for the Mikael Akerfeldt of old, which is a huge compliment, as the growls and screams on the record sound heavy and tortured, yet understandable.
There is an all clean song on the album with “Last Alone”, which is much slower, fragile and open that the rest of the album, which is a nice contrast with all of the crunching guitar riffs and screams everywhere else.
Now, the biggest problem is that this threads no new ground within the Doom/Death genre. Unlike MY DYING BRIDE, who keeps experimenting and trying new things, DAYLIGHT DIES have found themselves their small little niche and are staying within that confinement, straying and branching out occasionally, but still playing it relatively safe. If that is a problem for you, you may have a problem with DAYLIGHT DIES’ output.
The compositions on the album are lush and full of life (ironic choice of words, considering the genre), the melodies and riffs very well constructed, the instrumentation skillful and the vocals are extremely well done.
If you are a fan of bands like NOVEMBERS DOOM, NOVEMBRE or MY DYING BRIDE, this will fit right in your CD collection.
(Online July 20, 2008)