2000’s metalcore is having the best revival possible with Dying Wish being a frontrunner of the iconic sound. The Oregon five piece are back with their second release Symptoms of Survival, a worthy follow-up to the band’s 2021 debut Fragments of a Dying Memory. Symptoms of Survival was recorded with Randy LeBoeuf, who the band also recorded their dynamic first release.
Album opener “Symptoms of Survival” starts with pounding guitars that build to let you know you’re in for a ride. Boster bursts into the song “I rip my flesh to become a victim of control” a theme for the song. Driving guitars push you through from being a victim to becoming a survivor, with Boster finishing out the song with the lines “Symptoms of Survival, I will take your life or you take mine.”
“Watch My Promise Die” follows up the opener, an apt choice. The song speaks on putting everything into one part of your life and the constant worry of failure. “Caught in a spiral of constant fear/ numb to the sickness/ distance myself from my blessings.” If you’ve heard Dying Wish’s first release, then you know that Boster has a wide vocal range which she shows off in this track as well. Three quarters through the song Boster switches to her gorgeous singing voice, which has since matured from their first release. Confidently she sings “Is this the path that’s meant for me? How long must I grow?” while guitarist Sam Reynolds does the harsh vocals in the background. The juxtaposition and delivery of those lines couldn’t be done any better and adds a depth to the song that brings the theme to life.
Dying Wish has grown leaps and bounds since their debut album and have cemented themselves as front-runners in the 2000’s metalcore revival. They truly are a force to be reckoned with.