Dear Black Diary
Dear Black Diary

So I suddenly find myself innundated with a plethora of deathcore releases by bands like Misericordiam, The Partisan Turbine, Rose Funeral, Whitechapel, Suicide Silence, Success Will Write Apocalypse Across The Sky and many others, yet the most low profile, yet surprisingly competent is this self titled debut EP from Ontario’s Dear Black Diary.

Though hardly plying anything more than pilfered At The Gates riffs littered with downtuned rumbling grooves and dual screams growls, these 6 tracks have a crafty sense of melody amid the expected girth of expectedly dense tracks like “Life is the Number One Cause of Death” and “Abortion Birth Control”.

Most notably closer ” A Variation of the Color Red” with its well done epic mid song acoustic/orchestral segue, that while a tad cliched is very well done, and I hope they do it a bit more for future material. The musicianship is adequate and the production is stout, so all the elements are in place for them to make a bit of a splash in the genre, and I’ll be keeping an eye out.

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Written by E. Thomas
June 30th, 2007

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