Archive for Modern Metal

Review: Daylight Dies – Lost To The Living [2008]

Posted in Daylight Dies, SOS Metal Update with tags on February 4, 2009 by gearsofrock

amazon-daylight-diesReturning with another dose of morose modern metal comes Daylight Dies, whose latest nine-track journey to the darker edge of the metal spectrum doles out an immense array of aggressive yet atmospheric music. Tracks such as “The Morning Light” expertly displays this band’s facility to wander off the typical tempos yet still maintain a mighty doom-laden crunch while “At A Loss” takes a sullen turn as atmospheric guitars and synths glisten through layers of dissonance. Armed with a more pronounced presence of piano this time around, this North Carolina unit is able to delve down into deeper pits of despair to drum up the sorrow and loss needed to feel to be able to convincingly pull off somber found on cuts like “Last Alone.” Rendering another solid slab of melancholic metal, Daylight Dies continues to engage with their fertile massive heft and bleak overtone combination. -Mike SOS

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Review: Tular – The Truth Behind The Mask [2008]

Posted in SOS Metal Update, Tular with tags , , , on December 22, 2008 by gearsofrock

amazon-tularTular is an Italian act who blend Gothic and symphonic metal to comprise their sound. This female-fronted quintet’s debut THE TRUTH BEHIND THE MASK bridges the gap between Evanescence, Nightwish, and Epica, as each of the album’s 14 tracks contains a combination of big guitars and lush orchestrations to create a somber yet powerful array of textures on cuts like “Fallen Angel” and the haunting piano-led and darkly orchestrated “Dark White Flame.” Fitting nicely between your Lacuna Coil and Within Temptation discs, Tular’s debut has all of the nuances to satisfy fans of the fantasy side of the metal spectrum. www.renaissancerecordsus.comMike SOS