Dark New Day

Twelve Year Silence

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Dark New Day are a supergroup for the active rock/post-grunge sound that grew out of the American South in the 1990s and early 2000s. The bandmembers' credits include Sevendust, Stereomud, Stuck Mojo, and Doubledrive; vocalist/guitarist Brett Hestla even served as Creed's touring bassist. Of course, "supergroup" also means this is a quintet of veterans. And as the first single, "Brother," proves, they know how to push buttons. It's a professional blend of terse electric guitar, brooding familial bond lyrics, and reedy verses that scratch at the chunky electric precipice like denuded tree branches. Unfortunately, that professionalism is also Twelve Year Silence's biggest drawback. They might have grown up together in struggling bands, but the members of Dark New Day found success with the big-time alternative metal formula. So they already know how to sell records, and from Tool, Alice in Chains, and Nickelback -- not to mention the work of the bands they came from -- the catalogs of proven winners combine in the shadows of Silence. Mixer Ben Grosse (Alter Bridge, Auf Der Maur, Fuel) punctuates the stops and starts of "Pieces" and "Taking Me Alive," while "Fill Me Again" is one of hundreds of pounding yet entirely vague anthem tracks to come off the post-grunge assembly line. "Will it carry me/Far enough from all I've suffered/Will it bridge the gap/From there to here/Wonder if I had it all/Would I feel there's something missing/In tomorrow's light it seems so clear...." What does this couplet really mean? Throughout their debut, Dark New Day are sensitive without saying much. The quintet also rocks in the measured manner that's the conventional, coldly professional, and entirely unoriginal sound of active rock radio in 2005. They might sell a lot of records, but Dark New Day do nothing to challenge the status quo.

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