Day Without Dawn - Day Without Dawn
Self-released
Progressive Hardcore/Art-Rock
5 songs (16'28")
Release year: 2006
Day Without Dawn
Reviewed by Alex
Surprise of the month

I am sure you will forgive me for not knowing/hearing many of the references to Day Without Dawn. And the fact that the band ascended from the remains of The Postman Syndrome was not telling me much. Excuse the ignorance. Going through the list of bands Day Without Dawn shared the stage with and knowing their New Jersey pedigree I honestly expected to hear some NYC style in-your-face hardcore. For once, the promo sheet was right. I had to try and forget what my ears have come to expect. Instead, I had to listen, and, man, did I enjoy this little EP.

No breaks between them, five songs spanning a little over 16 min are worth $5 I encourage you to spend picking this up. Impossible to qualify, Day Without Dawn appeals to me subconciously. It is this simple. I venture to say, if you like creative music, damn the style definition, you should like it too.

The Fall starts with effortless clean singing, just one guy musing next to piano, spilling the soul away. Percussion slowly creeps in, thus increasing the pressure, before Inquisition barges in. Combining progressive riffing and hardcore bursts, this is the type of hardcore I like. Away from angsty, I’d rather call it sophisticated, clean singing and harsher voice joining forces. The clean voice on Day Without Dawn, slightly off-key, can create a false impression that you or I can pull this off, bringing the record closer to the listener, touching off on the personal level.

If the word “hardcore” scared you off, don’t be. Day Without Dawn is not what you get on Abacus or Goodfellow Records in the slightest. The emotion just needs to be let out, as if from the pressure cooker, but otherwise I could almost call this mellow in many places. Progressive instrumental In the Holding Cell exudes sweet sadness, and the voice caresses alongside samba rhythms on The Plea. The drumming on this song is so good, my body goes into uncontrollable twitching every time I play it.

Pleasant and easy to listen to, Day Without Dawn and The Green Evening Requiem, are a middle finger in the face of those claiming all the US can produce lately is mediocre metalcore. Day Without Dawn is not going to show up on MTV any time soon (the folks at that fine music outlet don’t deserve it anyway), so look up that website, people.

Killing Songs :
The Fall, The Plea, In the Holding Cell
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