Daylight Dies - _Lost to the Living_
by: Jeremy Ulrey (
Raleigh, North Carolina's Daylight Dies have been getting a lot of positive press with the release of their fourth album, _Lost to the Living_, but not a whole lot of it is rubbing off on me. The most commonly cited influences are Katatonia -- whom the band have toured with extensively -- and Opeth, who share a producer in Jens Bogren. Aside from those tangential connections, however, Daylight Dies are at best a watered down amalgamation of the two, neither as dark and blackened as early(er) Katatonia nor as progressively oriented as Opeth of any period.Essentially what you get here is a well performed yet rote measuring of the current doom/death genre's pulse. Relying on a steady torrent of arpeggiated riffs and mid tempo rhythms, the lack of stand out material makes _Lost to the Living_ a fairly numbing experience, more so in a cerebral rather than an emotional manner. Nathan Ellis' vocals are fairly nondescript in cookie monster mode, and they're not much more convincing when he breaks out the all too predictable clean patterns for "Woke Up Lost" and "Last Alone". You ask me, this band has been getting a pass for their adept if unadventurous playing and passable production values, but in terms of songwriting we've got a long way to go.
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