Release DetailsLABEL Diminished Fifth Records
RELEASED ON 3/30/2010
Surface And The Sky
Apparently starting out as an acoustic duo, New Brunswick’s curiously named The.Daisy.Anthesis has morphed into a grinding, noisy, angular metal beast. It’s the kind of brittle, jagged tech-metal that should appeal to fans of Car Bomb, Into the Moat, Psyopus, early Dillinger and maybe some of the modern spazzy/chaotic deathcore (See You Next Tuesday, Dr. Acula, The Tony Danza Tapdance Extravaganza, etc).
While most of you will be turned off by yet another such act, I have to admit that these guys aren’t too awfully bad. Bolstered by a killer production which gives the guitars and bass a deep resonant presence and the requisite instrumental mastery, the resultant 11 songs serve their goal of being a sonic battering ram. A few experimental / jazzy injections and twangy bass runs surface here and there, but it's not overdone or superficial -- most of the music is of the lurching, shuddering variety, backed by feral screams and some decent deep growls. While discordant and caustic, it’s not too ridiculously spazzy and insane (i.e Brazen Bull), but it’s mostly more of a controlled lurch like fellow Canucks Ion Dissonance’s recent transformation.
None of the 11 songs really separate themselves from other bands in the genre, or from each other for that matter, but the likes of “Nothing”, “Embracing the Subconscious” and “Transparency (Part 3)” certainly deliver some hefty squeals and restrained chaos that’s a welcome, competent delivery from such an obscure origin. Also, I get no sense of scenester pandering (i.e. no overly goofy and quirky song titles) or trend-whoring from these guys, which is refreshing. On the whole, the trio of Scott Miller (guitar), Scott Lily (bass) and Andrew Martin (drums) has a frantic skill that’s on par with all of their peers, that makes The.Daisy.Anthesis the more enticing because of its restraint and heavy production.