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Daylight Dies


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United States (1996 – present)

Daylight Dies is a melodic doom/death metal band from the United States. Daylight Dies’ music focuses on dark and melancholic emotional introspection. Their music has been described as “textured layers of dark, melodic and melancholic music. Introspection expressed in a mix of beautiful melancholic leads, harsh dissonant rhythms and despair driven hooks”. Some bands they have similarities with are (early)Katatonia, Rapture, Swallow the Sun, October Tide, Ghost Brigade, Slumber and Hanging Garden.

Created by Barre Gambling and Jesse Haff in 1996, Daylight Dies is often noted as one of the first American bands of their kind to exhibit a strong sound. The majority of the metal underground first became aware of Daylight Dies with their demo “Idle” which was released on Tribunal Records in 2000 and featured original vocalist Guthrie Iddings. Egan O’Rourke joined as the bassist in 2001. The band then signed to relapse records in 2002 and released their debut album “No Reply”. Daylight Dies toured Britain, Ireland, Belgium and The Netherlands in 2003 with Katatonia, and the United States and Canada with Lacuna Coil in support of the album. After the tour, vocalist Guthrie Iddings left and was replaced by Nathan Ellis. Charley Shackelford also joined as a second guitarist. In late 2005, Daylight Dies signed to Candlelight Records. They released their second album “Dismantling Devotion” in March 2006.


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