I will state right off the top, I am not a huge fan of heavy metal. I can tolerate it if it is good but there is too much of it that is derivative and just bad. The heavy metal scene is huge in Europe and there are smaller pockets of it in bigger cities in the US. An interesting thing has happened to heavy metal music here in the states in the past decade or so. Many of these so called heavy metal bands have been influenced by the grunge movement of the 90’s and something interesting has emerged. A heavy metal hybrid that is a little more controlled and more melodic that one would expect. Yes, the guitars are still loud and the beat is pounding but the tempo is a bit more reserved and more emphasis is placed on the vocal arrangement and the lyrics in general.
Houston, TX is one such US city that has an active and vibrant music scene that incubates a certain brand of this heavy metal/ grunge hybrid. One particular band emerging from this sprawling metropolis is Daylight Down. The nucleus of the band was formed in 2012 but was not fully fleshed out until 2014. According to their bio, because of the health issues with their lead vocalist, David Crain, the band almost didn’t happen at all. Crain has overcome his health problems and Daylight Down lives again. If I had to make comparisons, I guess their sound is somewhere between Seether and Audioslave. Certainly in that vein.
The material Daylight Down has released thus far shows promise for a band that has had fits and starts but according to their website, they are currently in the studio working on a full length album for release in the near future and we hope for a continuation of their progress.
Uncle Duke; a.k.a. Rob Penland is the producer and host of "The Mad Music Asylum" a 4 hour weekly syndicated radio show and now a 24 hour streaming internet station.