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Album Review: DAYS LIKE THESE “Wide Awake”

 

By Lewd Scoff

 

Brisbane has a secret that needs to be shared.

 

Days Like These are everything this town needs to shake the shit out of the hardcore scene. Or does it?

 

Maybe Brisbane, California, as this has a very American feel to it, almost a Brutal Legends introduction cut scene (Jack Black tells it like it is) vibe to it. If you’re into metal-core and Linkin Park
with Breakdowns, then this is for you.

 

It could, however, be a little dated, as most bands with this sound, are moving on to a more brutal sound with less angst, more anger.

 

Whilst the latest E.P Wide Awake, has an international production sheen and all the right bells and whistles in the right place, it’s not until track three, “Honey”, that something caught my ear and needed replaying.

 

This is one of the “singles”, but I don’t think they mean single in the traditional sense. This isn’t going to be printed to c.d and also feature a live track, demo or an obscure B-side, more so it’s to get onto Spotify playlists. The old double-edged sword for bands like this. Maximum loudness for the streaming services (LUFS for the audiophiles), but space and unique character for the genre.

 

And that’s my issue with this band.

 

The music is great, but feels a little contrived, and made to fill a market. If I’m wrong, then great. This will please those who like Bring Me the Horizon and candy-coated metal of that vein. If I’m right, then this is going to sound real dated in a couple of years’ time.

 

Yes, it’s done well. No, it’s not setting any trends.

 

Highlight for me was “Gravity” when the chorus wasn’t playing, which, sounds very generic.

 

 

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