"Day Without Dawn" (Self-released; 2006)

Reviewed by Mike SOS


Morphing from out of The Postman Syndrome, Day Without Dawn takes a discernibly sharp progressive rock turn on its eponymous five-track debut. Bulging with rich guitar textures and brimming with a multitude of musicality, there's a lot to digest within each song here, and that's exactly what this quartet had in mind.

"The Acquittal" has your attention careening between the sly fretwork, the melodic vocals, and the hypnotic rhythm while "The Plea" demonstrates the outfit's chameleon-esque charm, jumping from a jazzy Haight-Ashbury base to reach a hovering heaviness which surprisingly never gets in the way of the groove. 

Challenging yet worth the time, if you dig Circa Survive, Between the Buried and Me, Opeth or any band that can issue an intense case of the shivers, Day Without Dawn delivers. 

Day Without Dawn: Seth Rheam - Drums, Percussion; Brett Bamberger - Bass, Vocals; Jim Stang - Guitar, Vocals, Keys; Chris Alfano - Guitar, Vocals

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Rating Guide:

A classic. This record will kick your ass.

Killer. Not a classic but it will rock your world.

So-so. You've heard better.

Pretty bad. Might make a nice coaster.

Self explanatory. Just the sight of the cover makes you wanna hurl.

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