In 2011, Daylight Dies headed to Europe, the first time since 2003, to play several live shows. The shows consisted of a headlining gig in Milan, Italy, a headlining slot at the Bracara Extreme Festival in Braga Portugal, and Madrid is the Dark Festival in Madrid, Spain. Fueled from the experience, the band returned home and completed writing what would become the latest Daylight Dies album.
The band entered the studio to record their fourth full-length album, A Frail Becoming in 2012. Once again, the album was mixed and mastered in Sweden by Jens Bogren at Fascination Street Studios. Yielding nearly fifty minutes of the band's tumultuous doom/death metal, as always flooded with as much emotion as aggression, A Frail Becoming is the band’s most accomplished work to date. The album was mixed by Jens Bogren at Fascination Street Studios (Opeth, Katatonia, Devin Townsend), the packaging bearing photography from award-winning Jonathan Mehring in a layout designed by Agni Kaster.
A music video was recorded for the song Dreaming of Breathing. The September, 2012 streaming of the new song 'Infidel' and the premiere of the video was the first new material the public had heard from Daylight Dies since 2008.
A Frail Becoming was released by Candlelight Records in October 2012, and has received an overwhelmingly positive reception from both the press and fans alike:
"At their best, Daylight Dies are all about contrasts. Mournful guitar melodies are countered by crushing fuerneal riffs, harsh vocal growls are juxtaposed with smooth, clean crooning. The way darkness and light play off each other on this album is quietly sublime..." - Decibel
"This is the album longtime Daylight Dies fans knew they were capable of writing. 4.5/5" - About.com
"The album just simply slays any way you slice it, but for death/doom fanatics, this may be 'Top Five of the Year' material. 4/5" - Metal Underground
"...the sharpness and force in the execution of what the band does is tremendous, I couldn’t have asked for a better release to kick off the autumn season with. 8.5/10" - Blistering
"While the Daylight Dies formula remains unmolested by time and passing trends, the production and musicianship have been infinitely refined... 9.75/10" - Metal Curse
"...hearing it once simply will not do, leaving you wanting another round of music-driven emotional abuse that will drive you crazy until that next dismal fix. 9.5/10" - Apoch's Metal Review
"We can only the band keeps delivering albums like these... 91/100" - Infernal Masquerade
"...a potent album that speaks to the best of what the band is capable of, and it’s flexible enough to pull in some new converts along the way. 4/5" - Metal Rules
Below: Dreaming of Breathing video, 2012. Next: A Frail Becoming session, 2012. Next: Live in Portugal, 2011.