"We are finishing out a few solos, cleans, keys and bass, and are polishing lyrics and vocals before we start tracking those. This is the craziest time in tracking because four guys are working on ten different things to really make the album come together. It's a cool period because things really come together, but it's very busy."
And so begins Daylight Dies bassist Egan OâRouke when describing progress on the bandâs forthcoming fourth studio album, due sometime in the middle of 2012 via Candlelight Records. Once the rightful North American torchbearers to the early Katatonia/Anathema sound, Daylight Dies have evolved into one of metal's most despondent and captivtating entities. If indications are true, the follow-up to 2008âs stellar Lost to the Living promises to be just as foreboding, and possibly more varied thanks to the increased involvement from OâRouke, who assumed writing duties with guitarist Barre Gambling.
"The trademark DD sound is alive and well in this new material,â relays Gambling. "Egan's songs and riffs blend with mine, while exploring new colors and rhythms. A few friends that have heard the new material confirm that it is a seamless addition to our sound. There are more clean vocals than before but Nathan's [Ellis] death vocals are still the dominant style. In addition to Egan's contributions, guitarist Charley Shackelford has laid down some killer solos on a few songs."
At the present time, the album is without a name, with drummer Jesse Haff confirming only "Hold on to Nothing" as a song title (âOur working song titles are obscene and in jokes, so I won't dare to go there," affirmed the drummer). What the band can reveal however, is that the new album won't lack in heaviness and various twists and turns. "Most would find the new album more dynamic, quite aggressive at times, with our traditional sound in new rhythmic and textural contexts," said Gambling. "We've tuned slightly lower than on previous albums, creating some of our heaviest and most dramatic moments to date. There are very delicate moments as well. Charley and I have really gone for the throat with some of the guitar solos. Overall, we've expanded our sound again. I believe this is our most exciting album to date."