Another Black Day - _Another Black Day_
(Bieler Bros, 2008)
by: Quentin Kalis (7 out of 10)
Another Black Day essentially performs radio friendly hard rock, far closer to Linkin Park or Nickelback than Sepultura or Slipknot. I'll admit upfront that this far from what I would choose to listen to -- in fact I would choose this only over rap or the most horrendous black metal demo. But I have done this reviewing thing for long enough to recognise decent music when I hear it, even if it isn't what I would like.

That didn't stop initial cynicism from seeping in; first single, "Wicked Soul", is a power ballad, a selection as predictable as the rising of the sun. It's not a bad song, but would have been better if a proper ending was provided, instead of allowing it to simply fade away. I can't imagine Another Black Day performing live and not playing this song, so why not provide a proper ending? Together with the anthemic "Another Black Day", it is likely to be a standard live number.

I was even more cynical about the radio friendly melodies that permeate this album, but the songs are decently arranged with some fine if unexpected leadwork and powerful throaty vocals. There is a touch of metalcore, as manifested in the occasional screamo vocals and breakdowns, but is just a smidgen and just another brick in their wall of sound.

As I said earlier, I won't be returning to this anytime soon, but those who have a liking for this particular style most certainly will.


(article published 30/9/2008)

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