Only two years have passed and it seems like
an eternity since “Dismantling Devotion” graced us. But alas,
3rd opus awaits! "Lost To The Living" presents nine new pieces
of material and clocks in at around fifty minutes. This is probably their
most intelligently diverse album so far. The metallic layers are thick with
melancholy and many of the choruses are quite catchy. It's like a band that
once excelled under a particular genre have now expanded into much deeper
foundations. Sort of a catch 22, but completely unmistakable nonetheless.
Any kind of style you want to throw in their direction would never truly
define them. Doom, death, progressive or just dark? Daylight Dies' 3rd release
contains all of this and more. One of the best tracks I have heard them
do is "At A Loss" (track 5), which is triumphant and depressing
all at once. The main riffing could almost be mid-paced black metal, while
the chorus is some of the most mournful doom I have heard. "Woke Up
Lost" is another nice track with acoustic guitar & clean vocals.
Very good vocals that could only be compared with Jonas Renske (Katatonia).
Ditto on "Last Alone." Speaking of Katatonia, the words of "Brave
Murder Day" could easily be muttered on "A Subtle Violence,"
which also contains some very intricate drumming. Make no mistake, though,
this is a very personified sound. Much more to the point... original. The
whole album thrives on an atmosphere that keeps every song flowing, so to
speak. Beautiful is a nice term for this album as well. “Lost To The
Living” will set a new standard in melancholic metal. But more blatantly
still, is that Daylight Dies should be right at the top of the metal throne
alongside few others!!! Masterpiece!!!!!
Reviewed By: Thomas Mitchell