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Album Review

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. 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. They might sell a lot of records, but Dark New Day don't challenge the status quo.

Customer Reviews

Too bad they had to wait 12 years

Unlike many of the reviews I've read in the past, I purchased and first listened to this album about a month ago, so I've actually thought out my review. I've also read some of the reviews of this, and would have to disagree with a couple of them. This really is a solid album, and it has something for fans of pretty much every type of metal under the sun. Now one review really struck me: someone commented on the vocals being quite annoying, especially in the fact that the style constantly changed. It's true, Hestla's vocal style does constantly change, but I find it to be quite refreshing. In a way, the changing vocals make it so that there's something for everyone. Other than that, I would have to agree with most reviewers that Clint's guitar is probably one of the better features of this band. I would have to agree in particular with one reviewer who said that you can see now where Sevendust's sound came from. I'm quite excited to see how this band's career will play out, as this debut has me quite impressed. Buy this album, it is definitely NOT a waste of money or time.

Weak Vocals Hurt a Great Album

If this record sounds like a bunch of different bands, that's because it is. The bandmembers hail from all sorts of reknowned acts such as Creed, Sevendust, and Tommy Lee (among others), forming what many considered to be, at their conception, the consummate contemporary rock group. On that note, generally speaking, Dark New Day delivers. The defining theme throughout the album is Clint Lowery's guitars (Sevendust fans rejoice), and the rest of the band seems to fall willingly in line behind him, creating a raw (if somewhat varied but inauthentic), edgy sound that is welcome fodder for any hard rock playlist. The one glaring inconsistency, however, comes from Brett Hestla, the group's frontman: from track to track he's a mercurial mess, ranging from the good (Layne Staley of Alice in Chains on "Lean") to the annoying (Mark Chavez, formerly of Adema, on "Pieces"). Toss in a dash of Fuel's Brett Scallions ("Free,") a pinch of 30 Seconds to Mars' Jared Leto ("That's Enough,"), bring to a Jon Bon Jovi boil ("Evergreen"), and then serve with a side of Extreme ("Follow the Sun Down"). Sound obnoxious? That's because it is. Whimsical vocals aside, however, Dark New Day is intelligent, energetic, familiar groove-metal that's easy to wrap your ear around. With a less capricious frontman, this album would get five stars.

Best Cd I've heard in a long time!

This band rocks hard!!! They're smash hit "Brother" is the song that really got me intrested. Check them out! You don't know what your missing! I can't wait fror they're next album! If you like artists like Cold, Crossfade, Breaking Benjamin, Trapt, you'll love Dark New Day!


Formed: 2004 in Orlando, FL

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '00s, '10s

Dark New Day formed in early 2005 and was quickly billed as a supergroup for the active rock set, since its membership came from various name-brand acts. Clint Lowery (guitar/vocals) had been a cofounder of Sevendust, while his brother Corey Lowery (bass) had played in Stuck Mojo and Stereomud; guitarist Troy McLawhorn was a veteran of Doubledrive, and vocalist/guitarist Brett Hestla had been in Virgos Merlot before becoming the touring bassist for Creed. Will Hunt had drummed for acts like Skrape...
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Twelve Year Silence, Dark New Day
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  • $9.99
  • Genres: Rock, Music, Alternative, Hard Rock, Metal
  • Released: Jun 14, 2005

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