DAYLIGHT DIES - Lost To The Living
August 15, 2008, 11 years ago
Folks always compare these (incongruously situated) Raleigh, NC mopers to early Katatonia, but there’s more of an even-steven, loud, raw doominess here that harkens back to prime, world-beating Paradise Lost. Both previous albums (No Reply, Dismantling Devotion) saw nothing but great reviews and for good reason – Daylight Dies carved their place as conservative doomsters with one arrangement and then wrote immediate songs inside of it, further enhancing their sorrow-drenched hooks with stadium rock production. Finnish frozen lake rock from the American south… still doesn’t make sense, but it’s not ours to question. Sure, there are some Mikael-like clean vocals over acoustic bits, but man, when the drums pound cleanly all the time, one comes away assured that power chords are always a stooped reach to the guitar stand away. Doesn’t exactly reinvent the wheel, but what you get is a solid collection - sort of faint praise, I know. Another utilitarian album for those missing Amorphis as kids and Sentenced their whole adult lives.