Sound — 8
Straight from the top, "The End Of The Day", opening the album with a orchestral adventure, gives insight that the album is something different. Ekotren has a gift of catchy, snap-smash style towards their expression of metalcore. Following Ekotren's debut album, "Light The Fire", "The Dead Of Night" recreates what they've started with and sprinkles touch-ups and improvements to their overall sound and skill. It fits the two sockets of combination scream-clean singing bands, with a little more catchy relative vocals than thrashing vocals. "Dead Behind The Eyes" highlights their somewhat hidden keyboardist/effects artist. Listening down the album, each track has a calling to tap your foot, or to throw your head around, depending on your definition of heavy. The mix of the album is solid. The bass guitar strolls with the bass drum like pistons while the electric guitars play simple yet enticing riffs, the effects artist adds ambiance and the vocals sweet-talk the cognitive listener.
Lyrics — 8
Revolving around the album title, the overall style emphasizes sadness, loneliness and hopelessness. A few songs speak of a leaving a girlfriend, or having nowhere to go and wondering "What's the point?" The riffs give off not a gloomy, sad presence, but a curious, depressed energetic feel, as does John Sheldon, their singer. There are bursts of hope in the words, expressing possible emergence from any depression. The instrumentals match the words and rhythms like a machine, but not sounding unoriginal and robotic. Scream wise, John has somewhat of a gnarling growl. He combats it with a superb commonly harmonized clean voice which gives Ekotren their pop.
Overall Impression — 9
Upon listening to this album or their previous album, it's hard to say they sound like any band I've ever heard. It's not original enough to say you haven't heard something like it before, but in my opinion cannot be related to something else. "The End Of The Day", "Light To Shine" and "The Dead Of Night" are all impressive. All three being songs that get trapped in your head throughout the day, which isn't bad. If it gets stuck, it means that they did something good. I love it's constant being catchy, showing darkness with hope, and energy. The riffs sound like something you've heard before, but haven't, which I'm a little upset with. It's not too unoriginal, but it's a taste everyone has tasted. Even though it tastes good. It's a definite listen to. It has a vibe with a mood. It's one when you're feeling like it, you'll listen to the whole thing. So replacing this gem would be a definite yes.