Grunge meets metal-core in Dead Days ‘Daggers’ and the results are clear, fresh and undeniably catchy. Heavy, chugging guitars hold down and define the mood of the song right from the get go giving Travis Marc’s vocals the solid foundation and space they need to really shine through, and shine through they do. Constantly on the verge of breaking, Travis manages to be subtle and nuanced with texture and style whilst still retaining a strength and passion that comes across as true, authentic and frothing with the bitter sweet energy of youth. His range is also impressive, delivering the chorus with a smooth, anthemic tone before spitting “take them from me” right at you.
The bands solid craftsmanship doesn’t stop there though as the lead guitar work is thoughtful and well placed, showing a real respect for the craft. This culminates in a solo that brings to mind the virtuoso work of Avenged Sevenfold guitarists Synyster Gates and Zacky Vengeance. It’s dual guitar and pinch harmonic galore!
The influence of the 90s is clear here also with a sound reminiscent of grunge greats such as Pearl Jam and Soundgarden. However, what makes Dead Days special is how they’ve reinvigorated this sound and style with an energy that is fresh and relevant today. Taking lessons from some of the more melodic metal and pop punk bands of the 2000s such as A Day To Remember and New Found Glory, Dead Days have perfectly captured the energy and the attitude of Grunge and cleverly made it their own.
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