Execution Day Takes On Mental Health Topic In New Single, Video; Announces New Live Dates

Courtesy: High Road Publicity

Metalcore band Execution Day is taking on a topic tied in to the bigger issue of mental health in its latest single and video.

The band premiered its new single, ‘Consumed‘ and the song’s companion video Friday. The song, which features a guest appearance by Dayseeker front man Rory Rodriguez, leans heavily in a heavy, melodic direction. The vocals match that approach, opting to use more clean vocals than screams in the case of this song. The whole of the arrangement will appeal to fans of bands, such as Bring Me The Horizon, Bad Omens, and I Prevail.

Front man Dylan Dively talked about bringing Rodriguez on board for the song in a prepared statement.

” The entire time we were writing this track, we knew it had a vibe that would fit Rory’s voice perfectly,” said Dively. “We met him at a show we opened years ago and we’ve kept in touch since, and when we sent him the track, he obviously had the same vision for the song as we did. He knocked his part out of the park.”

Dively also addressed the song’s lyrical theme in his statement.

“It’s really about personal growth. and realizing that you have basically hit rock bottom, and the only place to go from there, is up,” he said. “To get better, and make the changes necessary to get better.”

The song’s video does well in expressing Dively’s comments. It shows a young man who is at the worst possible place, emotionally and mentally. Even being at the bottom, he does begin the process of healing and trying to make positive change.

In other news, Execution Day has announced a new string of live dates alongside I, The Breather; Sleep Waker, and Curses. The tour is scheduled to launch Jan. 6 in Frederick, MD and to run through Feb. 12 in Allentown, PA. It also features stops in cities nationwide, such as Chapel Hill, NC; Columbus, OH, and Houston, TX.

The tour’s schedule is noted below.

Tour Dates with I, The Breather, Sleep Waker, and Curses
01/06 Frederick, MD – Cafe 611
01/07 Richmond, VA – Canal Club
01/08 Chapel Hill, NC – Local 506
01/09 Orlando, FL – Soundbar
01/10 Ocala, FL – O’Malley’s
01/11 Port St. Lucie, FL – Los Cocos
01/13 Fort Walton, FL – Downtown Music Hall
01/14 Houston, TX – Acadia
01/15 Corpus Christi, TX – Boozers
01/16 Austin, TX – Come And Take It Live
01/17 Dallas, TX – Haltom Theatre
01/18 El Paso, TX – Rockhouse
01/20 Scottsdale, AZ – Pub Rock Live
01/22 San Diego, CA – Brick By Brick
01/23 San Jose, CA – The Ritz
01/24 Reno, NV – Dead Ringer Analog Bar
01/25 Salt Lake City, UT – Loading Dock
01/26 Denver, CO – The Roxy Theater
01/27 Omaha, NE – The Waiting Room
01/28 Des Moines, IA – Wildwood
01/31 Chicago, IL – Reggies
02/01 Indianapolis, IN – Hoosier Dome
02/02 Columbus, OH – King Of Clubs
02/03 Pittsburgh, PA – Preserving Underground
02/04 Buffalo, NY – Mohawk Place
02/05 Cambridge, ON – Rhythm And Brews
02/06 Ottawa, ON – Maverick’s
02/07 Quebec City, QC – L’Anti
02/08 Montreal, QC – Piranha Bar
02/10 Providence, RI – Fete Music Hall
02/11 New York, NY – Kingsland
02/12 Allentown, PA – Planet Trog

More information on Execution Day’s new single, video, and tour is available along with all of the band’s latest news at https://www.facebook.com/ExecutionDay.

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Dayseeker’s Debut Stands Out In 2013’s Metalcore Crowd

Courtesy:  Invogue Records

Courtesy: Invogue Records

Orange County, CA based metalcore band Dayseeker has released in its debut album What It Means To Be Defeated, an interesting first effort.  The band’s album comes along at a time when it seems that the metalcore community is overflowing with new bands and albums.  Luckily for the members of this band—Rory Rodriguez (vocals), Mike Karle (drums), Alex Polk (guitar), Gino Sgambelluri (guitar), and Andrew Sharp (bass)—this record does in fact stand out.  It stands out mainly thanks to its lyrical content.  The standard angsty songs are there.  But so are some more hard hitting pieces.  One of those harder hitting pieces comes in the form of ‘Incinerate.’  Rodriguez and company expertly capture the emotion felt by someone that has lost a loved one from the cold, callous act of murder.  The emotional impact is instant as Rodriguez screams, “If the dead can’t speak for themselves/Then I’ll say it loud and clear/Death is imminent/And I will grin as it rips you from this world/There will be no end to your pain/No new beginning/For you to claim/Just a cold, dark cell/For you to live out your days/And die alone.”  The topic of losing a loved one does come up in the music world.  But rarely can one say that one has heard or written a song that captures such emotion.  That makes this song even more of a high point to this album.

‘Incinerate’ is the most emotionally powerful song that Rodriguez and his band mates have included on Dayseeker’s debut album.  That’s because it travels into largely uncharted musical seas.  While the band sails into uncharted musical seas at least once on its debut record, it also has more familiar material.  In ‘The Home We Built’, Rodriguez and company delve into the subject of lost love.  He writes in this song, “I took you for granted/And let you walk out on/The home we built/What the hell/Am I supposed to do without you/I should have fought for you/When I had the chance.”  This is a painful sentiment that many men and women alike have felt.  But like all painful instances, it a brighter outcome is possible.  Rodriguez makes this clear, writing in the song’s closing verse, “Winter will pass/And I may relapse/But it’s better to have you and lose you/Than to never have loved you at all/There is a hole in my heart.”  It’s a bittersweet sentiment.  But it is a very real sentiment to which listeners of any age can relate.  That alone makes this another song that listeners will appreciate.  It epitomizes the album’s title, just in a different fashion from ‘Incineration’ making it another fitting inclusion to the band’s debut effort.

Just as familiar to listeners as the subject of lost love is the subject of self-doubt.  Every person in this world has reached a point of self-doubt at one point or another in life.  Younger listeners are commonly stereotyped to be the only audiences to feel such personal angst.  But the reality of life is that even older audiences feel self-doubt.  This critic, even at thirty-two years of age, still feels moments of self-doubt.  So even to this critic, a song such as ‘Hollow Shell’ is relatable.  The figure in ‘Hollow Shell’ comes across as fighting the battle of self-doubt and depression, questioning his or her own religious beliefs, yet still comes out on top in the end.  Listeners will hear this as Rodriguez writes, “Shattered son in the sea/Know that where you sink is temporary/Cause you’ll rise and you’ll see/When you pass what you find/From the depths of your grave/Will end your suffering/Carry the cross/Until your bones break/It’s never too late to change.”  This is a powerful statement.  And it’s one from which any listener will gain personal inspiration.  Because of that, it is one more song that will let listeners know that the feeling of defeat can just as easily lead to the feeling of victory.

What It Means To Be Defeated is available now.  Audiences can hear music from the band’s debut album now as Dayseeker winds up its current tour with Death of an Era, Kingdom of Giants, and Adestria.  The band will be in Dallas, Texas tonight at the Sons of Hermann Hall.  Tonight’s show is followed up tomorrow with a show in El Paso, Texas.  Fans can check out the band’s current tour schedule and get the latest news from the band online at http://www.facebook.com/Dayseeker.  To keep up with the latest sports and entertainment reviews and news, go online to http://www.facebook.com/philspicks and “Like” it.  Fans can always keep up with the latest sports and entertainment reviews and news in the Phil’s Picks blog at https://philspicks.wordpress.com.