American post-hardcore outfit Dayseeker have just released their third studio album, “Dreaming Is Sinking/Waking Is Rising”, the first to be produced by label Spinefarm Records. The quintet from Orange, California, have created a movie-esque masterpiece that paints an intricate concept: A man avenges the criminal acts committed against his wife only to be bludgeoned to the point of entering a coma. Trapped in a vegetative state, the world around him starts to shift, from his marriage fading into obscurity, and the death of his mother. His hospital bed provides us a front row seat to everything going on around him, and Dayseeker delivers superbly.

Dayseeker is comprised of band members Rory Rodriguez (vocals), Gino Sgambelluri (guitar), Mike Karle (drums), and Shawn Yates (guitar).

Dreaming Is Sinking’ opens to ambiance similar to the sound of a heartbeat, before the muffled vocals of Rodriguez start to come through, emulating the radio noise surrounding the coma patient. It not only sets the tone of the album, but also helps create the universe that want to immerse ourselves into.

Segueing seamlessly from ‘Dreaming Is Sinking’, ‘Vultures’ is a track in which the band drew personal inspiration to piece together, dedicating it to a close friend who suffered at the hands of sexual assault. They not only wanted to highlight the severity of the trauma such acts can cause, but wanted to demonstrate that there is hope to cling onto, also. Vocally, I cannot fault it at all. Rodriguez is brilliant. The transition between his screaming and cleaner vocals is great, showcasing his range perfectly. Where some vocalists struggle with this transition, Rodriguez smashes it out of the park. Karle’s drum work shines through in this track also, complimented by the talents of both Sgambelluri, and Yates, on guitar. This track is well rounded, and is no wonder why the single is attracting Dayseeker so much attention. Absolute belter of a track!

Cold, Dark Winter’ opens with a calmer ambiance, before returning to the chaos. There’s no denying that passion runs deep in their veins; the blending of both vocals, and instrumentals, is an amalgamation of pure talent. Rodriguez, once again, showcasing vocal talent that is simply superb. Instrumentally not only on point, but supports Rodriguez’ vocals to the point of ascension. Dayseeker clearly didn’t want to pull any punches when producing this album. They’ve gone all out, and they’ve got myself absolutely hooked!

Opening to the Rodriguez bellowing the words “abandon me”, ‘Abandon’ continues the swaying of the pendulum that is “Dreaming is Sinking/Waking Is Rising”. The instrumentals go through transitional stages of hard, heavy grinding and calm, softer tones, which does nothing but strengthen the core of the track. Rodriguez, yet again, providing you a showcase of true vocal talent – and yes, yet again, Yates, Karle, and Sgambelluri all providing instrumental back up that does nothing but lift his vocals to a whole new level. The track comes full circle, concluding the same way we began; “abandon me”.

 

Finding ourselves within a calmer opening, yet again, ‘Sleep In The Sea – Part II’ doesn’t remain calm for long at all, quickly returning to the tempo direction of the album that we’ve seen predominantly. Similar to the opening track, ‘Dreaming Is Sinking’, we are returned to a vegetative state surrounded by radio noise, through the use less audible vocals. Using this technique is brilliant, because it further pushes the story that they are wanting to tell; they haven’t lost sight in what they want to deliver, and that is to be commended. Metal fans will find themselves within a realm of calm, and complacency.

Rodriguez opens ‘Six Feet Under’ with smooth vocals tones, before the drums come in to whisk you away, rounding out perfectly with the guitars that soon follow. They blend so well together, it’s amazing to see how proficient Dayseeker really is. Rodriguez, yet again … WOW! These days it’s easy to listen to a band, and find flaws, when it comes to listening to the vocals, but you’re truly going to struggle to do so when listening to these guys. He’s nothing short of brilliant, if you haven’t worked that out already! Perfectly complimented by the instrumentals behind him, as always, Dayseeker are going to rise to unfathomed heights during their career, mark my words!  This track is going to leave a permanent imprint on your mind, and you aren’t going to regret it, either!

The opening twenty seconds of ‘Hanging By A Thread’ is a combination of keys, and Karle’s drum work. The keys slowly begin to build, as Rodriguez comes in with clean vocals that warm the soul. The tempo slowly begins to build, but remains in the calm realm you find yourself slipping into the further the track progresses. Probably the softest vocals you’ll hear throughout “Dreaming Is Sinking/Waking Is Rising”, yet one of the strongest showcases of how damn good Rodriguez really is! The guitars come in with the final thirty seconds of the track, and do not disappoint at all. It may be a small track in relation to running time, but is far from a small track in relation to the bands abilities.

Transitioning perfectly from ‘Hanging By A Thread’, ‘Desolate’ returns us the tempo direction of the album to the more upbeat pace we’ve come to love. Rodriguez, yet again, demonstrating how pure his vocal talents really are, with near flawless support from the instrumental work behind him. The instrumentals drop off completely, allowing for the vocals to stand at the forefront on their own and shine, before the drum work of Karle, and keys supporting him, bring everything back into the fold amidst a bellowing scream.

Opening with subtle ambiance through keys, and a muffled vocal that we’ve seen on a couple of occasions, ‘Carved From Stone’ returns the tempo direction of the album to a calmer pace, with smooth instrumentals and Rodriguez showcasing his softer tone. The instrumentals begin to build, providing a heavier sound, while retaining the calmer tempo that the track has presented. Toning the track down, compared to previous tracks, shows the range that Dayseeker possesses; Metal isn’t always about shredding guitar solos. This walks up to the plate, and smacks it for a home run. Sit back, close your eyes, and allow yourself to be transported to another realm.

Opening with a similar tranquillity that ‘Carved From Stone’ provided, the tempo of ‘Come Hell Or High Water’ slightly shifts with instrumentals uplifting the tone to the sweet spot that Dayseeker love to not only hit, but absolutely smash to pieces. Compared to some of the other tracks on the album, this is somewhat ‘tame’. Rodriguez once again showcasing his talents, and vocal range, demonstrated through a combination of screams, clean vocals, and high notes that will soothe you to the core. Instrumentals are brilliant, but that comes as no surprise. It’s not as calm as ‘Carved From Stone’, but still keeps you within the same realm nonetheless, and is a place you won’t want to leave.

Counterpart’ opens with a subtle drumroll from Karle, who has been solid throughout the album. Rodriguez soon joins him, with the same smooth vocals experienced in ‘Carved From Stone’. Where some bands seem to struggle with the transition of a track from a manic pace, to a more slowed down, subtle tempo, Dayseeker don’t seem to show any signs of wavering at all, which further demonstrates the level of the talent they possess. ‘Counterpart’, just as some tracks before it, gives you the chance to sit back and appreciate the beauty that Dayseeker have created. It’s good to have a break from tenacity, and take in a more simplistic demonstration of a band when stripped right down to their core.

Returning to the more recognisable tempo direction that Dayseeker have set throughout the album, for the most part, ‘Waking Is Rising’ pulls absolutely zero punches with rounding out what has been a beautiful experience. Vocally, and instrumentally, as we have come to appreciate throughout the album, are on point and as prominent as ever. You can tell they wanted to end the album on a strong note, and they’ve provided something that is nothing short of their expectations. We’ve come full circle, the story is complete, and it’s a journey I’m certainly glad I underwent.

Dayseeker were on a mission to tell a story portraying strong undertones of violence, darkness, and the sensation of drowning within yourself, and what they’ve delivered is absolutely superb. It’s not often you pick up an album that has been produced in such an intricate way, that it’s more of a novel, or a movie, than a collection of music. Until listening to “Dreaming Is Sinking/Waking Is Rising” I hadn’t heard anything from Dayseeker before, and they’ve more than one me over. This album is going to help transcend them to the next level, and with the talent they’re packing as a whole, they’ve got a long career ahead of them. If you haven’t heard them already, I urge you all to do so!

Finding ourselves within a calmer opening, yet again, ‘Sleep In The Sea – Part II’ doesn’t remain calm for long at all, quickly returning to the tempo direction of the album that we’ve seen predominantly. Similar to the opening track, ‘Dreaming Is Sinking’, we are returned to a vegetative state surrounded by radio noise, through the use less audible vocals. Using this technique is brilliant, because it further pushes the story that they are wanting to tell; they haven’t lost sight in what they want to deliver, and that is to be commended. Metal fans will find themselves within a realm of calm, and complacency.

Rodriguez opens ‘Six Feet Under’ with smooth vocals tones, before the drums come in to whisk you away, rounding out perfectly with the guitars that soon follow. They blend so well together, it’s amazing to see how proficient Dayseeker really is. Rodriguez, yet again … WOW! These days it’s easy to listen to a band, and find flaws, when it comes to listening to the vocals, but you’re truly going to struggle to do so when listening to these guys. He’s nothing short of brilliant, if you haven’t worked that out already! Perfectly complimented by the instrumentals behind him, as always, Dayseeker are going to rise to unfathomed heights during their career, mark my words!  This track is going to leave a permanent imprint on your mind, and you aren’t going to regret it, either!

The opening twenty seconds of ‘Hanging By A Thread’ is a combination of keys, and Karle’s drum work. The keys slowly begin to build, as Rodriguez comes in with clean vocals that warm the soul. The tempo slowly begins to build, but remains in the calm realm you find yourself slipping into the further the track progresses. Probably the softest vocals you’ll hear throughout “Dreaming Is Sinking/Waking Is Rising”, yet one of the strongest showcases of how damn good Rodriguez really is! The guitars come in with the final thirty seconds of the track, and do not disappoint at all. It may be a small track in relation to running time, but is far from a small track in relation to the bands abilities.

Transitioning perfectly from ‘Hanging By A Thread’, ‘Desolate’ returns us the tempo direction of the album to the more upbeat pace we’ve come to love. Rodriguez, yet again, demonstrating how pure his vocal talents really are, with near flawless support from the instrumental work behind him. The instrumentals drop off completely, allowing for the vocals to stand at the forefront on their own and shine, before the drum work of Karle, and keys supporting him, bring everything back into the fold amidst a bellowing scream.

Opening with subtle ambiance through keys, and a muffled vocal that we’ve seen on a couple of occasions, ‘Carved From Stone’ returns the tempo direction of the album to a calmer pace, with smooth instrumentals and Rodriguez showcasing his softer tone. The instrumentals begin to build, providing a heavier sound, while retaining the calmer tempo that the track has presented. Toning the track down, compared to previous tracks, shows the range that Dayseeker possesses; Metal isn’t always about shredding guitar solos. This walks up to the plate, and smacks it for a home run. Sit back, close your eyes, and allow yourself to be transported to another realm.

Opening with a similar tranquillity that ‘Carved From Stone’ provided, the tempo of ‘Come Hell Or High Water’ slightly shifts with instrumentals uplifting the tone to the sweet spot that Dayseeker love to not only hit, but absolutely smash to pieces. Compared to some of the other tracks on the album, this is somewhat ‘tame’. Rodriguez once again showcasing his talents, and vocal range, demonstrated through a combination of screams, clean vocals, and high notes that will soothe you to the core. Instrumentals are brilliant, but that comes as no surprise. It’s not as calm as ‘Carved From Stone’, but still keeps you within the same realm nonetheless, and is a place you won’t want to leave.

Counterpart’ opens with a subtle drumroll from Karle, who has been solid throughout the album. Rodriguez soon joins him, with the same smooth vocals experienced in ‘Carved From Stone’. Where some bands seem to struggle with the transition of a track from a manic pace, to a more slowed down, subtle tempo, Dayseeker don’t seem to show any signs of wavering at all, which further demonstrates the level of the talent they possess. ‘Counterpart’, just as some tracks before it, gives you the chance to sit back and appreciate the beauty that Dayseeker have created. It’s good to have a break from tenacity, and take in a more simplistic demonstration of a band when stripped right down to their core.

Returning to the more recognisable tempo direction that Dayseeker have set throughout the album, for the most part, ‘Waking Is Rising’ pulls absolutely zero punches with rounding out what has been a beautiful experience. Vocally, and instrumentally, as we have come to appreciate throughout the album, are on point and as prominent as ever. You can tell they wanted to end the album on a strong note, and they’ve provided something that is nothing short of their expectations. We’ve come full circle, the story is complete, and it’s a journey I’m certainly glad I underwent.

Dayseeker were on a mission to tell a story portraying strong undertones of violence, darkness, and the sensation of drowning within yourself, and what they’ve delivered is absolutely superb. It’s not often you pick up an album that has been produced in such an intricate way, that it’s more of a novel, or a movie, than a collection of music. Until listening to “Dreaming Is Sinking/Waking Is Rising” I hadn’t heard anything from Dayseeker before, and they’ve more than one me over. This album is going to help transcend them to the next level, and with the talent they’re packing as a whole, they’ve got a long career ahead of them. If you haven’t heard them already, I urge you all to do so!

“Dreaming Is Sinking/Waking Is Rising” Is Available now via Spinefarm Records
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