Sound — 10
This CD is Killswitch Engage's follow-up to 2004's "The End Of Heartache". The band hasn't changed much, soundwise, but their songwriting skills have imporved greatly. As much as I like "The End Of Heartache", "As Daylight Dies" is just an amazing album. The opening track, which is where the album name came from, "Daylight Dies" is absolutely mindblowing. It has a great intro in which you are eagerly awaiting the heaviness of the song, start off slow and gradually getting louder and heavier. Then the vocals kick in and there's an amazing little harmonized riff. That's only one of the songs. The rest of the album is just as good, if not better. Howard's vocals seem a lot stronger and he seems more confident on this record as well. I don't see any storyline in the album, but I'm sure each song has a strong meaning. Also, Justin Foley(drums) seems to have greatly improved as a drummer, from his double bass skills, to just changing up his style a little bit.
Lyrics — 8
The lyrics are typical Howard Jones. Nothing special, but yet still strong and appealing. Songs like "For You" and "Still Beats Your Name" have lyrics about love and being devoted to one person, etc, which, like I said, is typical Howard Jones, but the point gets made. I wasn't too impressed on the lyrics, but Howard's vocals are amazing on this album. He seems much more confident and seems to have tried many new things with his style. Overall, it worked great. The lyrics in some songs don't really go with the music, except in certain spots. Going back to "For You", it's a heavy song with softer lyrics. Even so, the song still fits. Lyrics could have been better on this album, but the sound is awesome.
Overall Impression — 9
This album blew me away. I haven't stopped listening to it since I bought it. It doesn't really sound like any other artists I listen to personally, if anyone has any, feel free to let me know. The songs that caught my ear, I guess you could say, were "Daylight Dies" and "Break The Silence". Those are my 2 personal favorites. Don't get me wrong, the rest of the songs are great, but those 2 really stuck out. I love the fact that Howard hasn't dropped the screaming. A lot of bands seem to be doing that, and Killswitch just wouldn't be Killswitch if Howard dropped it. I don't so much like that there's only 11 tracks. "The End Of Heartache" had 12 songs, plus 2 Bonus tracks, "My Life For Yours" and "Irreversal". "As Daylight Dies" has just 11 tracks, none of which exceed 4:45. Killswitch took 2 years to release the album, one would think there would be more tracks. Other than that, the album is nearly flawless. I would definitely recommend this album to anyone who is a fan of Killswitch Engage. It has not softened up, and makes you want to bang your head. That's what I look for in a Killswitch Engage album. If this album were to get stolen or lost, I would buy it again in a heartbeat. Great album.