Vampy Vegas quartet Dead Girls Academy fittingly opted to unleash their sophomore album on Devil’s Night (aka Halloween). The delicately named ‘Doves In Glass Houses’ is a window into a not too distant past and a peace offering to the future.
The band’s connection to the early 2010s era of metalcore/glam rock through their Vampires Everywhere! link (frontman Michael Orlando‘s previous band) is made strikingly apparent. Sonically, they’re reminiscent of Motionless In White and Black Veil Brides, with guitarist/violinist Jinxx of the latter even lending his strings to the album’s closer, ‘Inside Out’.
However, unlike such groups that are already well-established, Dead Girls Academy unfortunately haven’t benefitted from the same career consistency that has enabled the evolution of their peers.
There’s little promise of any major progression from the get-go, with an opener that is stylistically and lyrically stunted. Although at times attempts are made to merge the past with the present through genre mixing and experimental instrumentation, the intended impact isn’t quite always achieved.
Having said that, the album certainly isn’t without its moments of glory. The stonking ‘End Of The Fight’ is one of the strongest contenders, with various tones and textures teasing their way through the track and a fiercely unforgettable chorus thrown in there to boot.
The aforementioned momentously melancholy closer is also deserving of high praise, and its grandiose arrangement and impassioned performance concludes ‘Doves In Glass Houses’ with a promise – that this certainly isn’t the end of the fight for Dead Girls Academy.
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