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Breaking the Day - Survived by None.
Breaking the Day are a 6 piece band from Chatham in Kent, and signed to In at the Deep End Records (an independent record label in Nottingham who can count bands such as Architects and Gallows among former clients). As frequent readers will be aware, I had the good fortune of seeing their live show in Glasgow not too long ago. I also picked up a copy of this album, Survived by None.
The album is, like their live performance, a sonic force to be reckoned with. Doom laden riffs are at the centre of each song, and the steady slow drumbeats drive the immense musical beast forward. Effects and synth wash over the intros and quieter sections of the songs and help paint a picture that is epic, tragic and dramatic. Close your eyes and you may just see a post-apocalyptic wasteland stretch out endlessly before you, as the cover suggests. The effects, and tasteful use of feedback means that there is often a smooth and gapless transition between tracks- this of course helps the album flow and; at least in my experience- the more you listen to it, the more it grows on you. The Vocals also help express the despair the music to the listener.
Survived by None doesn’t require excessive gore- or indeed excessive anything- to get this point across to us; which makes it all the more worthwhile of a listen. The pace doesn’t break suddenly into a gallop as you might expect from other branches of modern metal, yet the lack thereof does not make it a linear listen. The songs are extremely well put together musically, and on a structural level are enough to keep attention from lapsing, From the ominous rumble of the Intro into “The Streets Will Rain With Blood Tonight.” to- well, “‘Till Death” (The last full track).
My only complaint would be with the Outro of the album. On many albums an Outro isn’t necessary, and if included should be an asset to the album in some way. I would argue that, although this is certainly an album where an Outro could work well, the 4 minutes of guitar feedback, followed by a minute and a half of lightly strummed clean guitar over faint screamed vocals that we are given isn’t really doing that. A bit shorter and it really wouldn’t have been any kind of issue for me- but its a bit of a waste at this length.
Standout Track:- Hours (Broken Clocks)- I enjoyed this track thoroughly live, and instantly recognised it upon reaching it in the album. In addition to having riffs that are set apart from the others up until this point, the middle section contains a somewhat middle eastern flavour in the guitar progression and especially in the tribal style drumbeat that accompanies it. This idea recurs in the subsequent track “Pretty Girls Make Graves” but here it is stronger. Although I would recommend (as ever) that you listen to the whole album- If you are testing the water with one track- spend some minutes on Hours.
In Conclusion:- The source of the vast amount of praise and reaction they have received in press and at shows is evident in this album. They have captured the colossal live sound which is a task for a band. They have developed a sound all their own and demonstrate it in spectacular fashion. Among Britain’s rising stars, this six piece burn brightly, and (if you’ll forgive a further pun) if this is the “dawning” of Breaking the Day… I look forward to what comes next.