ALBUM REVIEW: Dayshell – Mr. Pain

Release Date: October 29th 2019
Label: Unsigned
Website: None available


Written and funded by founding member Shayley Bourget along with devoted fans who chipped in during a crowdfunding campaign, Dayshell‘s third record, ‘Mr. Pain’, is their first fully independent release.

‘Superhuman’ opens things up with a bang; shredding electric guitars are introduced before the tempo dips only for it to be picked back up as booming drums kick in with almighty force. Carrying on throughout the track, these upbeat drums continue their trail of destruction, often spiking in the verses as the thrashing of the snare grows louder and louder. Reaching the bridge, this section of the song takes another life form of its own, and soon enough electric guitars are swapped for acoustic, singing is swapped for harmonies, and what follows next is an epic guitar solo, full of surging riffs.

‘Superhuman’ is comparable to an enjoyable rocky rollercoaster, as its instrumentals fluctuate in volumes and the track’s lyrics peak, as the superhuman strength Shayley Bourget finds proves to be both thought-provoking and personal, much to the nature of Dayshell‘s meaningful material.

‘Kombat’and ‘Nostalgia’ are two singles that each feature their own guests. The former features American nu-metal band Dropout Kings, and the vocals dominate on this track. The metal growls and hip-hop style rap of Bourget and guest singers Adam Ramey/Eddie Wellz of the band madly bounce off each other. The latter sees Julian Witt, a solo session musician and Foxera frontman, join the proceedings on this one, for a typical Dayshell atmospheric sound.

The record’s title-track is one of the catchiest cuts on offer here. Sultry vocals from Bourget see him proclaim “I’m Mr. Pain / Wrapped in cellophane / I’m Mr. Pain / Now you know my name.” Side by side with a seriously sumptuous bass guitar that comes to the fore on this one, ‘Mr. Pain’ is a song to spin in order to channel your inner moody self to.

Closer ‘Tender Love’ goes all out on the electronics. Ascending in volume, buzzes and whirs of produced instrumentals begin and end up taking their place throughout the duration of the LP’s climaxing number. Joined by danceable beats and memorable vocal hooks, echoed guitars send out the album on a note that pushes the boundaries on Dayshell‘s own fresh metal style, swapping the heavier material for something a little bit more experimental.

Fusing together warm melodies, gnashing guitars, heavy rhythms, and even flecks of electronics, Dayshell have showcased exactly this on ‘Mr. Pain’.

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