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   DAYLIGHT DIES
No Reply
2002
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http://www.daylight-dies.com/


rating: 3/5

1. The Line That Divides
2. I Wait
3. Hollow Hands
4. Four Corners
5. Unending Waves
6. In The Silence
7. Minutes Pass
8. Back In The World
9. Everything That Belongs
Judging by the band's name this must be some depressing music. And in a way it indeed is. One might think that the band's origin is one of the Northern European countries but Daylight Dies comes from North Carolina in the States. "No Reply" is the band's full length debut. I had downloaded the track "Four Corners" and kept playing it so one day I thought it would be nice to own the album. Now after having listened to the whole album I must say I'm slightly disappointed. Most of the songs are rather long (around 7 or 8 minutes) which doesn't have to be a bad thing but these just don't manage to keep my interest during the album's length. Most of the time it's just too doomy for my taste. If the band cut down those long slow passages and rocked a bit more I would appreciate it much more. But well, that's not really the band's fault but my personal preference.
The band resembles older Anathema or My Dying Bride and especially the guitar work reminds me a great deal of older Paradise Lost. One could label the band's music gothic doom metal. But Daylight Dies do not care for the common gothic metal trademarks such as keyboards or female vocals - there aren't any. There's only a piano used in some of the songs, playing an important role especially in the instrumental track of the album "Back In The World". So the band's sound is rawer than of most other bands in that genre and the vocals in particular support this. While the music itself is rather melancholic and melodic, the vocals are really aggressive and harsh. No clean vocals on this one. Personally, I would have prefered to hear a mix of grim and clean vocals on "No Reply" which would have given the album a more varied sound.

All in all, this is by no means a bad record or anything, I just find it to be a bit boring. I'm sure these guys could do better. Nonetheless, fans of the genre could really dig this though.

submitted by Cora 01.02.2003

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