The follow-up album to We Are Gathered Here Today…, Glass Casket brings us their second studio album Desperate Man’s Diary. With it, we see a rather big change in the band, going for a more Death Metal sound then their previous Metalcore influenced material. But, does this change help the band at all, or did it wind up limiting them?
Well, Desperate Man’s Diary definitely doesn’t start out like the previous album did, having “Too Scared To Live” swinging (since “Phenomenon” is simply a light instrumental that bleeds into this track) with some excellent guitar riffs in the start of the song that really do add an impact to the song. But, unfortunately, this is pretty much where the album kind of let’s you off. “Genesis” is where the band starts to really lose the sound that made them stand out in their previous release, for a more contemporary Death Metal sound laced with breakdowns.
While the music is still good, it’s just nowhere near as good as it could be thanks to Glass Casket showing off their talent in “Too Scared To Live”. While some songs, like “A Cork Stops The Whining” and “Post Traumatic Death”, do still kick ass, much of it is bland and not as technical, and the fact that the vocalist is using more gutteral vocals then before doesn’t help things along either. The rhaspy, higher pitched shouts really help make the band stick out and add some diversity to the music, while the tracks that basically just use gutteral seem to be a little lackluster there, even though the gutteral vocals are done well. It just doesn’t really work out given the still present, if not as obvious, metalcore sound.
So, really, Desperate Man’s Diary is a solid effort, but doesn’t quite stand out as much as the band’s previous effort. While some of the music on here is insane at times thanks to some killer drumming and guitar work, as well as the guitar solos. With only a few songs on here that really stand out among the rest, this is a release that may have found the band maturing and writing material that sounds better, it finds the band not able to add the same bite and flare they had on their previous release.