Glacial Black — I Am Daywalker

When I first heard from Luke about Glacial Black, I didn’t quite know what to expect. I asked him to send over the EP so I could have a listen and I haven’t regretted it ever since. Glacial Black’s “I am Daywalker” is worth it, it’s as simple as that.

Opening with The Human Centrepiece Glacial Black immediatly sets the tone for the entire EP. Dark lyrics, both spoken and screamed guide an instrumental build up to around two minutes in when the song opens up. The song is well written and the vocals by George carry just enough weight, I feel this first track was influenced a lot by Pianos Become The Teeth’s “Cripples Can’t Shiver”, a song with similar pace and sound. All in all, it’s a good opening track which leaves you hungry for more. A hunger that, in my opinion, will be satisfied.

Following The Human Centrepiece, the EP continues with Daywalker IV, V and VI. These three songs giving a deeper look into the title of the EP. Again, I can’t help but notice a similar vibe from these songs as I had with PBTT, some comparisson to Touché Amore could be made as well. Daywalker IV starts with an angry spoken message, setting the tone of the message “What happens when we die? What is real(ity) and what is not? “. Again, this is followed by a sample, and then another spoken part, leaving you not only to listen to these words, but also think about them. Guest vocals by Isaac Ashby from the band College gave a nice extra touch to the song.

Daywalker V starts differently, though it could be said, it’s the musical response to the previous part. Again, guest vocals were done, this time by Elliot Dixon from Sincerity.

With Daywalker VI the choice seems to be made to fasten the opening pace, bring in more riffs and put less focus on the cleans, bring it to a close with an instrumental part. All in all, when you look at the three Daywalker songs as one big track instead of three seperate ones, it all adds up.

Life As A Wall follows another path, going back to where The Human Centrepiece left off, with spoken parts that hit close to home and feel like you could be listening to a younger version of Kyle Durfey . It’s very different from the former three songs, as if they made a choice to shake up the listener. Nevertheless, the song is once again influenced by spoken word, again digging into dark thoughts. The guitars that start at 2:10 made me fall in love with this song and I found myself rocking my head back and forth on the tunes.

Ending with The Human Requiem the band plunges you back into the dark melodic hardcore vibe with which it started. With lyrics such as “I changed the world with a rope around my neck.” and “I am murder. The abscene of color.” this final track concludes the entire EP in a fitting way.

- Conclusion -

While some may view that too many elements from other genres were incorporated, or that the band copies TA or PBTT too much, to me, this clearly is a well done EP. Not only does its lyrics have meaning, it also achieves one of the things that are often forgotten, to deliver those lyrics alongside music that gives the same vibe. This EP is far from some of the generic melodic hxc that has appeared lately. Though the use of samples may be a bit overdone at times , and a band can always learn and progess, I am definitly keeping an eye out for more, and I hope, you, our reader does so too!

You can read this review and others in our 5th edition of Endurance Zine.

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