Every New Day’s previous full length, “Shadows Cast” was enjoyable metallic hardcore filled with melodic singing, occasion shouting, breakdowns, and lots of gang vocals. While the album was a little too close to being generic, its positives out weighed the negatives and was a worthy album.
So with that, I was eagerly awaiting ‘Even In The Darkest Places’ hoping for another enjoyable, yet disposable, album that would be good for at least a few listens. However, what I got was an entire genre shift. From the beginning of ‘Rise Up,’ the style on this album sounds extremely similar to the new It Dies Today album. Instead of a metallic hardcore album, ‘Even in the Darkest Places’ will sit more at home with the metal heads. And while this album does follow a majority of the metalcore traditions, leave it for a rather ordinary, yet notable band to find a way to craft an impressive album from an unimpressive genre.
Sure, this style of music has been done to death, but there are instances when a band can come along and make an album worth your time. ‘Even in the Darkest Places’ is a perfect example. While the album boasts the worn out mix of singing and shouting, the shouting isn’t even remotely cookie cutter. As for the singing, it manages to be melodic without becoming nasally or whiny. And one of the most impressive and enjoyable moments on Every New Day’s last album was the gang vocals, which still show up throughout the album and are just as good.
Musically, the album stands out compared to a majority of the predecessors. It only takes a few listens to notice the rather impressive soloing that shows up from time to time. However, the breakdowns are too abundant and some of the guitar work comes off as abrasive. In the end, though, it doesn’t hinder the entire album that badly and there’s still a lot of entertaining moments to be had listening here. Even more impressive is that the band tastefully manages to use some keys (“Silent Streets”) and strings (“Best Defenses” to add more depth and originality to the album, as well as the remarkable ballad, "See You Again."
Every New Day have always been able to craft enjoyable songs that always went unnoticed and I wouldn’t be surprised if ‘Even in the Darkest Places’ continues this trend. While the genre shift from metallic hardcore to metalcore was unmerited, Every New Day manages to make it work, as they craft one of the better metalcore releases this year.
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