Summer Dying - _One Last Taste of Temptation_
(Independent, 2003)
by: Adrian Magers (8 out of 10)
Summer Dying are easily one of the best unsigned American bands right now, and I can say this without any doubt in my mind. This band will be signed, and probably could have already picked a label from the overwhelmingly positive response generated by the band's debut full length _Beyond the Darkness Within_. Their resume is impressive, having opened for Children of Bodom, Dimmu Borgir, In Flames, Moonspell, Cannibal Corpse, Killswitch Engage, Shadows Fall, Incantation, The Haunted, Nevermore, Hypocrisy, Lacuna Coil, Witchery, Dying Fetus, The Crown and more nationally and internationally respected bands. They were voted the number one unsigned band at the Online Metal Awards. So does this band live up to their reputation? Their growing fanbase would answer with a resounding 'yes'. The music is very well put together, managing to be catchy without sounding mainstreamed, and angry without sounding anything but genuine. Overall the band most akin to their brand of metalcore is Darkest Hour, but fans of Shadows Fall, Unearth and Poison the Well would do well to keep an eye and ear out for Summer Dying. In just two short years they've practically made it to the top tier of regional band success. The word of Summer Dying has spread fast through the metal underground, and for good reason. Hearing a young band like this that has such a fully-formed sound is quite refreshing. Impressive -- and it seems this is only the beginning.


(article published 9/11/2003)

10/19/2001 A McKay 4 Summer Dying - Summer Dying
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