Tuesday, February 19th will be a bright new day for fans of Dark New Day. That’s because on that day, the band’s long in limbo sophomore album will finally see the “light of day” (ba-dump-bump-bump). Get it? Yeah, bad joke. But in all seriousness, the long wait for this album will have been well worth it. In comparison to the music on the band’s other pair of releases, this album definitely has its own sound. Nearly every one of the songs on Hail Mary could be used as a radio single. Though, it seems most well anchored by at least three songs in particular. Those songs are: ‘Anywhere’, ‘Saddest Song’, and ‘Fiend.’ Though there are other powerhouse pieces in the likes of the album’s opener and closer, ‘Goodbye’ and ‘Give Me the World.’
Musically, the album opens in powerhouse fashion with ‘Goodbye.’ It’s rather fitting that the band opens the album with a song titled, ‘Goodbye.’ Sure, the song is centered on the standard relationship topic—front man Brett Hestla sings, “It feels so good when I say it/Goodbye to you”—but the musicality of the song makes it a great way for the band to say “hello” to its fans and the whole rock community once again. There’s a definite influence from the band’s counterparts in Sevendust here. Hestla’s screams will immediately conjure thoughts of the combination of Morgan Rose and Lajon Witherspoon when he really lets loose. It has that same sort of vibe. And obviously being that one of the members of Sevendust and his equally famous brother are also in DND, it’s no wonder that the guitar parts are so similar to that of Sevendust, too. Drummer Will Hunt holds his own on the drums, too adding in the extra flairs and fills wherever and whenever needed.
Dark New Day couldn’t have picked a better way to say hello to listeners than with ‘Goodbye.’ Even as one song ends, the band keeps its audiences’ ears as it launches into another of the album’s hits in ‘Anywhere.’ The energy exploding from the band expertly helps to illustrate the song’s lyrical side. Hestla sings of what seems to be the hope for love here as he sings, “If your mind is open/There’s so much we can do/I can almost see the stars aligning/Just say yeah/I’m gonna take you anywhere/I want to go/I’m gonna make you want me/So keep on going.” This is obviously someone who knows what he wants, and he won’t stop until he gets it. It comes across as someone who is determined to win over a certain someone. That is of course just one person’s thoughts on this song. It could easily be something totally opposite of that. But that combination of optimistic lyrics and equally moving musical backing make this just one more of so many hits off of this long-awaited LP.
Dark New Day’s “new” LP offers plenty of material that its fan base will enjoy throughout the course of its eleven tracks. As noted already there are at least two specifically early on in the record that will have no problem becoming fan favorites. There is at least one more that fans will appreciate just as much for both its lyrical and musical sides. That song is ‘Fiend.’ The album’s penultimate piece, it offers what would seem quite the positive, uplifting message of perseverance, lyrically. Hestla wastes no time sending his message to listeners. The pounding intro combination of drummer Will Hunt and the guitars set the tone for the song. Hestla then comes in singing, “I’m taking/taking my chances/To get myself over/I can’t let/Constant disaster/Pull me under/I’ve waited for so long/How can I go wrong.” There’s no doubt left as the band launches into the second verse, with Hestla sings, “My will/And my resolution/Are not to be broken/I’m moving/Myself to a new place/Where truth can be spoken.” The uplifting, positive lyrical and musical vibe of this song shows outright why it not only is a great song, but it is also one of the album’s best songs if not the best. And regardless of the listener, odds are it will also become just one of many fan favorites both on the record and in a live setting. Fans will get to hear this song and the album’s other instant hit tracks when the album is released to stores and online outlets Tuesday, February 19th. While the band doesn’t have any shows lined up just yet, fans can get all the latest tour dates and more in the mean time when they’re announced on the band’s official Facebook and MySpace pages, http://www.facebook.com/theDakNewDay and http://www.myspace.com/darknewday.
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