Any Given Day
Two years ago, Any Given Day came out of nowhere (Germany, just north of Cologne, to be exact) to surprise us with their brand of modern groove styled metalcore. You can call it djent, but the band sounded like a mix of Heart of a Coward and Killswitch Engage or a mix of Northlane and Bury Tomorrow. The band equally pushed melody and meaty low-end to the forefront, and the results were something that felt fresh and designed to headline European metal festivals. Now that they’ve exhibited the promise, do they succeed in improving upon that and reaching their potential?
Unfortunately, Everlasting feels like a lot of the same, and while that’s perfectly fine, it feels a tad bit disappointing. Tracing the singular flaw is difficult, as the album begins with some true gems, that would’ve been the highlight of their last album. Interestingly, the biggest problem with My Longest Way Home was how consistently solid it was, yet few songs really rose above the solid mark. That sameness disease manifests itself here, though, again, just about all of the songs are consistently enjoyable, with one major exception. Vocalist Dennis Diehl’s sung melodies are still very melodic and well done, but they feel more Phil Labonte (All That Remains) here, meaning that they feel somewhat sterile and partially lifeless. There appears to be some studio magic involved here to make them this pristine, and that makes the choruses hit weaker.
It’s a shame because just about all of these tracks are otherwise quite enjoyable, in that modern-meets-retro metalcore feel. It’s clear the band have improved their craft on Everlasting. However, by aiming for a cleaner sound, Any Given Day just feel a tad less energized than before. The tracks often hit just as hard, if not harder, than before, but when sterilized choruses are the name of the game, your game feels weakened, unfortunately, no matter how fun the rest of it is.