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Lost to the Lovely - 80%

Daru_Jericho, October 13th, 2008

Daylight Dies are a gem in the American modern metal highway. Their metal is ground covered by very few, a European-sounding synthesis of melodic death and doom metal, with shoegaze and gothic inflects. ‘Lost To The Living’ is the band’s third full-length observation and as a melancholy release, it holds muscular.

The music is encased in romance and drowned in melancholy, and whilst this is a suited description for many gothic/doom metal bands, Daylight Dies does it in a non-clichéd and non-melodramatic fashion. ‘A Portrait In White’ is reminiscent of Katatonia only heavier with some passages even being infected with a slight death metal tinge. ‘Wake Up Lost’ features a plausible contrast between acoustic and electric guitar, which is an apt depiction of Daylight Dies’ music overall: a matrimony between the melodic and the harsh.

‘Wake Up Lost’ also contains clean-sung vocals, passionate and emotive to the ear. Clean vocals are present again on ‘Last Alone’ but for the most part, vocalist Nathan Ellis growls in a raspy manner. The dual guitar attack is paramount in this band as they represent the clean and the rough most poignantly.

The only limitation on this album is a lack of real variation between the songs. The diversity in musical influence is vast but all the influence has been welded into every song. Perhaps it would have been a more fruitful venture to use them more exclusively. Still, ‘Lost To The Living’ is a strong release in a sea of mediocre melodic death and doom metal contemporary releases being churned out that fans of either new or old Katatonia and Draconian will probably fall in love with.

Originally written for: www.soundshock.net