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Dying Light – ‘Far From Life’

Independent Release
Black Sabbath, Soundgarden, Alice in Chains
Release Date
Independent Release
Modern Metal

Dying Light have returned with their second album, ‘Far from Life’, so strap in for some heavy metal with your favourite air guitar and crank up the volume!

‘Far from Life’ is an unusual album in its composure, starting out quite heavy with ‘The Cycle’, and progressively getting less heavy as the album goes on. Whether this is intentionally done or not, it gives the album a texture that really emphasises the album’s themes of painful depression, finishing on the last two tracks, ‘Sweet Death’ and ‘Dead Inside’. The beginning of the album starts out with sounds that would feel at home in the late 70’s and early 80’s, with some amazing riffs and powerful vocals, but as the album goes on it’s as if the band skips ahead to the early 90’s by injecting some very grungy sounds, as if channelling Alice in Chains to groan out some additional pain in their tracks. The track ‘Follow You’ is a perfect example of the slide into the grunge genre, with its over-lain vocals, riffs that seem to drag along the rhythm guitar into a pain-soaked song. By the end of the album, with ‘Dead Inside’, the band have gone full on grunge that could easily by mistaken for a lost Alice in Chains track with the perfect combination of echoing high tones of the vocals and down and dirty, bass driven riffs.

All in all, this is a very good and enjoyable album. I feel the change of genres throughout the album may cause some people to double take, as people can with change, but I don’t think this should put the band off from this sort of thing in the future, as it adds to the general tone and feel of the album. I look forward to new releases from the band to see where they go from here.

"a very good and enjoyable album"

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