Monday 30 December 2019

Black Tundra - Daylight Dark (Album Review)

Release date: December 16th 2019. Label: Self Released. Format: CD/DD

Daylight Dark – Tracklisting

1.Red Tide 07:28
2.Anybody else 07:22
3.Eyes Burned 06:58
4.The Passing 04:35
5.Made to end 06:13
6.In my Blood 09:33


Daylight Dark is the new album from Sludge/Doom Metallers Black Tundra who return with a more focused and progressive sounding album compared to their excellent debut album. This album is heavier and more “Post-Metal” based with the band adding more “metallic” groove to their overall sound. If you’re a fan of CONAN, DO, Pelican and Mastodon then Daylight Dark will take you on a heavy musical odyssey that is quite adventurous as well.

Opening song – Red Tide – sees Black Tundra head towards a Post-Rock/Post-Metal style of delivery but with flashes of Psychedelic Doom and Sludge Metal for a more expansive sound. The harsh vocals are matched superbly well against the aggressive melodies driving the song forward to its natural conclusion. The song does have a few “Stoner” based grooves that allows the band to play some friendlier guitar solos which remain quite heavy at the same time. The vocals disappear on the second half of the song and Black Tundra allow the music to fully take over.

Second song – Anybody Else – opens with a heavy bass driving the music along before the Post-Rock sounding guitars merge into a more Progressive style of Doom/Sludge Metal. The song carries on the bleak aggressive sound from the opening song but a more twisted outlook especially where the lyrics are concerned. Black Tundra struggle at first to keep the momentum going but soon get back on the right track to play some epic riffs along the way.

Third song – Eyes Burned – has a more cosmic feel and it’s quite a cool sounding change of pace that allows the band to play a more settled style of music with heavy bouts of psychedelic aggression being one of the best parts of the album. The ambient sounds are another nice touch which allow this song to be one of the main standout songs on the album.

The second half of the album continues with Black Tundra’s style of Cinematic Doom/Sludge Metal with the bleak atmosphere being played at heavier level especially on the final two songs Made To End and In My Blood. In My Blood is a nine minute plus epic which sees Black Tundra experiment with their music even further and ending the album in superb fashion.

Overall, Daylight Dark is another winning album from this Polish collective. The production is excellent and the album is quite loud and intense from start to finish which can be quite unsettling in places.

Excellent and Highly Recommended.

Words by Steve Howe