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Despised Icon: Day of Mourning
Deathcore, Grindcore
Century Media Records
September 22nd, 2009
Release length: 34:59
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With each release, Despised Icon seems to continue to mature and become more of a monster, with a few exceptions. Their new album, Day Of Mourning, once again raises the bar for the band and shows us an even more intense side with the introduction of two new members. But, the question is whether or not these new members and this progression in music will herald any steps backwards like on the previous album The Ills Of Modern Man.

Well, as soon as the high impact “Les Temps Changent” hits you in the face, you’d have to stop and say yes they did change for the better without really moving backwards. The song’s intense music will leave you foaming at the mouth for more. But, then you make your way to “Day Of Mourning”, which suffers from the lazy breakdown in a lazier breakdown syndrome, and really isn’t all that impressive a track. But, one thing to note about this release is that there seems to be a more prodominant grindcore influence in it, and it really shows on “MVP” with it’s blistering drum work throughout the song. This would be an absolutely insane song, especially with it’s erie violin-like music in the background of the build up to yet another insanely lazy breakdown that closes the track and bleeds into “All For Nothing”.

The band has also laid off abusing the “pig squeel” vocal technique like they did on their last album, which really helps out. Same with the group chants, you only hear them once in a great while, if at all if you’re not paying attention due to how well they are done. The best example of this would be the gang chant using in “Diva Of Disgust”, which is hands down the best song next to “Les Temps Changent” due to the power involved in the breakdown, and the fact that it’s more then just a guitar chord and cymbol crash every few seconds. It seems that the end of the album is where Despised Icon really shines through. Not only does “Diva Of Disgust” have a really good breakdown, but “Entre Le Bien Et Le Mal” has another sick breakdown as well with some impressive guitar work acting as a solo over the first breakdown, and then some ambient guitar work through into the second breakdown shortly after, really making the song stand out amongst the rest of the material on here. The same goes for “Black Lungs”, which is a musically solid track, but the breakdown is not as intense and complex as the aforementioned two. Instead, it’s more of a heavy sounding breakdown that isn’t quit as drawn out as the rest.

Day Of Mourning is easily the best offering from the band, having some real power house tracks, blistering musicianship, but in the end there’s only a few songs on there that really will grab you from start to end. The new band members really do add to the sheer intensity of the album, even if the outro track, “Sleepless”, is a little out there and clashes with pretty much the entire album. If the band can focus on writing more tracks that follow the structure and musicianship of “Entre le Bien Et Le Mal” then this band would be a force to be reckoned with in the Deathcore scene. This release is definitely not something to be overlooked, but don’t rush into this one thinking it’s going to be the best CD the style has to offer, though it certainly is one of the most intense.

01. Les Temps Changent – 3:27
02. Day Of Mourning – 3:02
03. MVP – 3:24
04. All For Nothing – 3:14
05. Eulogy – 3:28
06. Made Of Glass – 3:16
07. Black Lungs – 3:01
08. Diva Of Disgust – 3:25
09. Entre Le Bien Et Le Mal – 3:56
10. Sleepless – 4:46
Overall Score: 7/10
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Physical review copy of this release provided by personal funds.