Daylight Dies - Dismantling Devotion - 2006 - Candlelight Records
1. A Life Less Lived 2. Dead Air 3. A Dream Resigned 4. All We Had 5. Solitary Refinement 6. Strive To See 7. Lies That Bind 8. Dismantling Devotion 9. A Prayer For The Feeble
Fans of Opeth, My Dying Bride, Katatonia, and even old November's Doom should find plenty to rejoice in with one concentrated spin of "Dismantling Devotion". This is the sophomore effort from the atmospheric band, the follow-up to the group's debut in 2002 entitled "No Reply". This album was mixed by Jens Bogren at Fascination Street Studios (Opeth) and mastered by Thomas Eberger at The Cutting Room (Opeth, The Hives). The overall sound achieved here is one of somber tones and masterful strokes of cold bitterness. This isn't done in the style of reckless abandonment however, instead what we have is a focused band that simply paint their atmosphere with soft, lethargic riffs that invoke isolation and frost. The melodies found here are very flowing, almost capturing the sounds and images of frozen ice crackling and snapping under foot. While tracks like "A Life Less Lived" and "A Dream Resigned" flow with harsh vocals and beautiful, calculated melody, other songs like "Strive To See" are slightly faster, really going only as far as a mid-tempo pace with some groove oriented riffs. "Solitary Refinement" is the highlight for me, capturing the same vibe and atmosphere as Maiden's "Afraid To Shoot Strangers". Without a concentrated listen the whole album runs together. For best results, give this an undisturbed listen. Opeth fans should dig this right up, breaking the ice, if you will, in search of soul nourishment.
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