DAYLIGHT DIES

Death-Doom Metal / Melodic Death Metal • United States
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Daylight Dies is a melodic doom/death metal band from the United States. Daylight Dies's music focuses on dark and melancholic emotional introspection. Their music has been described as "textured layers of dark, melodic and melancholic music. Introspection expressed in a mix of beautiful melancholic leads, harsh dissonant rhythms and despair driven hooks ." Some similiarties can be noted with Opeth, Katatonia, Saturnus, The Cure, and Anathema.

Created by Barre Gambling and Jesse Haff in 1996, Daylight Dies is often noted as one of the first American bands of their kind to exhibit a strong Scandinavian metal sound. The majority of the metal underground first became aware of Daylight Dies with their demo Idle which was released on Tribunal Records in 2000 and featured original vocalist Guthrie Iddings. Egan O'Rourke joined as the bassist in 2001. The band then signed to Relapse Records in 2002 and released their debut album
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DAYLIGHT DIES No Reply album cover 3.50 | 1 ratings
No Reply
Melodic Death Metal 2002
DAYLIGHT DIES Dismantling Devotion album cover 3.75 | 2 ratings
Dismantling Devotion
Death-Doom Metal 2006
DAYLIGHT DIES Lost to the Living album cover 3.59 | 2 ratings
Lost to the Living
Death-Doom Metal 2008
DAYLIGHT DIES A Frail Becoming album cover 3.75 | 3 ratings
A Frail Becoming
Death-Doom Metal 2012

DAYLIGHT DIES EPs & splits

DAYLIGHT DIES Idle album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Idle
Death-Doom Metal 2000

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DAYLIGHT DIES Live from the Relapse Contamination Festival album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Live from the Relapse Contamination Festival
Death-Doom Metal 2005

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A Portrait in White
Death-Doom Metal 2008

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DAYLIGHT DIES A Frail Becoming

Album · 2012 · Death-Doom Metal
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Genre: gothic death-doom

The term 'melodic death metal' has more or less become synonymous with the Gothenburg style of melodic death metal, but we have to remember that death metal can be melodic in many other ways. The American band Daylight Dies is here to remind us about this fact, with their latest album A Frail Becoming as the undeniable proof.

The most prominent death metal feature of the album is the growled vocals (delivered by Nathan Ellis, while bassist Egan O'Rourke delivers clean vocals), but in essence the music on this fine album is a slightly harsher type of gothic doom metal which features crunchy riffs and overlaid guitar harmonies and, at times, almost lush textures. The general atmosphere is considerably melancholic, and should appeal to fans of both gothic metal and doom metal. A stable feature is, of course melody, which takes the shape of both harmonies and guitar leads (of which you can here a fine example in the beginning of 'Sunset') as well as acoustic passages and keyboards. Another melodic feature is, of course, the use of clean vocals – which have a bit of an Åkerfeldtesque feel to them.

The production is clean and crispy, and the musicianship impeccable. These guys know how to put catchy and melancholic melodies together and, although Daylight Dies, have feen accused of repeating themselves on this album, I think they have done a magnificent job of it, and – hell, if it ain't broken, why fix it?

Drawing on the melodicism and dark atmosphere of gothic metal along the lines of Paradise Lost and combining this with elements from death metal, A Frail Becoming is incredibly melodic and compelling, inviting the listener to revel in the album's very tasteful music. Fans of gothic death metal should not sit this one out.

(review originally posted at seaoftranquility.org)

DAYLIGHT DIES Lost to the Living

Album · 2008 · Death-Doom Metal
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Admittedly, I haven’t given Daylight Dies very much attention at all since their debut Tribunal Records EP, entitled Idle. Back then, I saw them as a natural offshoot of Opeth (with hints of early Katatonia). They employed slower tempos, melancholic melodies, and an overall dark presence. With Lost To The Living being the first thing I’ve heard by the band (in it’s entirety) since, I can say that all those elements are still there, yet they are honed to near Goth-Doom perfection.

The mood of this album, which in all honesty is the true essence of any album, is a stunning example of bleakness and beauty combined. The guitar melodies, placed almost like a violin would be placed in a requiem, are fluid and melodic…almost lyrical…at times reminding me of what later Saviour Machine has done. The vocal production is stellar and the overall sonic tone of the album is superb. They’re not wasting energy trying to re-invent the genre, but rather are applying it to making the best music they can in their chosen field. They’re becoming a band that can easily hold their own with genre veterans like Paradise Lost and the aforementioned Opeth and Katatonia. When a band can do that while still maintaining their own identity, as Daylight Dies had done, it is something to behold.

It’s a complex, deep album that doesn’t overindulge in musical technicality. Yet, when they do show their chops, as in the lead break of “A Portrait In White”, they prove they are a true musical force. Other highlights include “Woke Up Lost” (arguably the most depressing cut on the album), instrumental masterpiece “And A Slow Surrender”, and opening cut “Cathedral”. The near eight-minute closer “The Morning Light” ends the album in perfect fashion with copious amounts of Doom, Gloom and crunch. Now I need to go back and see what I missed between Idle and now.

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