It’s been quite some time, folks. I have been on a bit of a hiatus, in a musical coma, if you will. But I return with a look at the new disc from DAYSEEKER. Their third effort, Dreaming Is Sinking /// Waking Is Rising, is out July 14 via Spinefarm Records, and since the stylized name of the disc is a royal pain in the ass for a lazy person such as myself, I’ll refrain from repeating it too many times. The album’s title stems from the opening and closing tracks for the record, or, quite possibly, the band’s affinity for words ending with the “ing” sound. Whichever the reason may be, the record is definitely a juxtaposition from my usual forte.
This is every bit a pop record, rewritten to fit modern metal influences. But that’s not necessarily a bad thing, right? Obviously, it gets annoying when people start hashing out the post-hardcore and pre-post-metalcore tags for bands, so let’s avoid that nonsense; but these are all terms used for bands that bring a slightly poppier je ne sais quoi to their sound. And while there are many who fail at this fusion, DAYSEEKER meld an easily listenable batch of tunes, with a dash of rage and plenty of sweet hooks to let your inner teeny bopper self get its rocks off without having to listen to top 40 radio.
That’s not to say the record is not without its faults. Unfortunately, like most pop-influenced metal acts, the front-of-the-mix vocals serve to diminish the importance of the music that is the foundation of the song. The same is true here, with the guitar parts lacking any real identity. Yes, they are down-tuned, yes, they likely used AXE-FX processors, and there are breakdowns with semi-leads based on pull-off riffs. But I would hope for more. Break the mold. Dare to use a tube amp sound once in awhile, damnit! But for what’s lacking, the singing more than makes up the rest. In fact, I’m not exactly certain why Rory Rodriguez is even in a metal band in the first place. He could easily be a solo artist on a major label.
All things considered, Dreaming Is Sinking /// Waking Is Rising is an easy listen. It’ll get stuck in your head, like, lodged in there; and pry all you want, it’s not going anywhere. This is a disc that won’t land very well on the metal purists, but if you have an open mind, you’ll find yourself humming along to the epic choruses delivered by DAYSEEKER. That said, I invite you to pick this one up on July 14. As always, thank me later.
STANDOUT TRACKS: “Vultures”, “Cold, Dark Winter”, “Abandon”, “Hanging by a Thread”