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Nights Like These Sunlight At Secondhand


01. Heart Of The Wound 02. Black The Sun 03. Samsara 04. Bay Of Pigs 05. Collective Unconscious 06. Claw Your Way Out 07. Empty Lungs 08. Veteran Theives 09. Electric Winds 10. King
2007 Victory Records
Our score 7

1/16/2008

I remember sometime last year, I received Nights Like These's first record in the mail from Victory. As usual, I threw it in a stack of other free shit I got that week and brought it out to my car to listen to on my way to work. It was a whopping six or seven minutes before I took the CD out, never to listen to it again. It's not that it was horrible or anything, it just wasn't interesting from the start. Couple that with the fact that I'm an impatient dickhead and it's safe to say I never gave the album a fair chance. Thankfully, judging from the few faint memories I have of The Faithless, I can say that 2007's Sunlight At Secondhand is a monumental step in the right direction. With a wall of driving and detuned guitars, straightforward drumming, and hulking screams, upfront their sophomore album is unquestionably more engaging. Branching into slower and more atmospheric territory, the band effectively shifts into bleakness before rebounding back into their rhythmic verse. While there are obvious nods to bands like Cursed, Neurosis, and Swarm of the Lotus, Nights Like These could be compared to a younger version of Knut with some of the commercial sensibilities of Deftones. An example being "Black The Sun," which brings out clean and emotional vocals that remain as more of a supplement rather than a defining feature. The song tastefully builds upon these vocals until ending with somewhat of a bittersweet and welcomingly weird feel. "Bay of Pigs" manages to inject sludging southern rock while still balancing it with echoing sparse riffing, pick-scrapes, and dramatic progressions. Still, Sunlight At Secondhand isn't the most original release out right now. While they're not receiving an extraordinary amount of attention, there are a myriad of Isis/Neurosis/Cult of Luna inspired acts out there. Where Nights Like these really succeed is on tracks like "Claw Your Way Out," using fascinating manic guitar leads and allowing the vocals to adopt a real and distinguishable character. While neither the guitars nor the vocals are particularly lacking throughout the rest of the music, this is the track where they hit their stride. "Empty Lungs" alsoexemplifies this case with a fantastic and almost uplifting melody that propels the song into becoming something unique, rather than just adequate. Bottom Line: Nights Like These have created a reasonably impressive collection of songs which will undoubtably appeal to fans of any of the aforementioned acts. They aren't firmly planted in their craft just yet, but Sunlight At Secondhand does a fine job at establishing a strong foothold. While not the most inventive album of the year, the CD comes across as sincere and rife with promise.

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mapexdrummer_ 1/16/2008 9:40:46 PM

first post. decent album. betther than their old garbage for sure.


bored_ 1/16/2008 10:01:39 PM

um,f*ck this. do drugs and listen to the first rush album and wack off w/ the NUGE.


yousuck_ 1/16/2008 11:09:19 PM

no care ever about shitty f*cking bands. review some good cds.


elijunk_ 1/17/2008 1:41:15 AM

glas lambgoat decided to give this album a chance and review it, I think it's great


gordon_ 1/17/2008 5:13:03 AM

^ that's because you're a gay


xman_ 1/17/2008 7:41:42 AM

their first album was actually decent but this one just sucked big time. big disappointment here!


Evilf22_ 1/17/2008 10:27:14 AM

quit reviewing this type of shit. no one cares.


Gluck is a faggot_ 1/17/2008 12:53:46 PM

they are slowing down now and sound like Isis/Neurosis/Cult Of Luna? damn....that's original....


jerseyislame_ 1/17/2008 2:53:20 PM

what a stupid name


OG_ 1/17/2008 4:03:55 PM

seriously, does at the gates get mentioned every time a band plays metal? USE A DIFFERENT f*ckING COMPARISON.


Faggots_ 1/17/2008 4:09:07 PM

cult of neurisis is mentioned at least 7 times an any given magazine, blog, or website. it really is getting irritating. accept the fact that it is a genre already, there are more than 3 bands allowed to populate it.


asilaycrying_ 1/17/2008 8:36:29 PM

this album is listenable


anonymous 1/17/2008 9:33:47 PM

While there are obvious nods to bands like Cursed, Neurosis, and Swarm of the Lotus, Nights Like These could be compared to a younger version of Knut with some of the commercial sensibilities of Deftones. SHUT THE f*ck UP


Bunrippa_ 1/18/2008 12:40:06 AM

"there are a myriad of Isis/Neurosis/Cult of Luna inspired acts out there" and this band is clearly not one of them. Did he even listen to this album? I totally agree on the Cursed/Swarm of the Lotus comparison...throw in a slowed down Cursed and you'd be way more on point. Track 6 is the only track that has a hint of Times Of Grace/Through Silver In Blood/Mosquito Control. Everything else is way more "hardcore" or "metalcore" than current Neurosis/Isis/Cult of Luna.


oh_ 1/18/2008 3:24:22 AM

Oh, but its of slower tempo...must throw in comparisons that everyone can relate to (5 years ago)!


drew_ 1/18/2008 10:44:08 AM

eat shit, i dont have time to keep up with the latest current trend of "expansive doomy" bullshit, so you'll get isis, cult of luna, and neurosis until a band manages to take the genre further than these three bands. i am deeply sorry i used three well known bands to make a point, i should really try harder to pick more obscure comparisons.


ragnarok_ 1/19/2008 3:15:03 PM

good album. suprised the hell out of me after their last hunk of shit release.


xote_ 1/19/2008 3:26:31 PM

Trend hoping gays.


yourmomshairycrack_ 1/19/2008 3:40:31 PM

penis


hoping_ 1/20/2008 2:25:07 AM

if trend "hoping" (im sure your brilliance left out that p on purpose) means sounding like 3 bands...then yes!


redandblackink_ 1/23/2008 8:52:48 PM

"a myriad of."


hugetits_ 1/23/2008 11:04:10 PM

i wonder how much victory paid them for this review...


gloom_ 1/25/2008 11:05:31 AM

record wasn't half bad, leaps and bounds ahead of the last record. I guess you could call it trend hopping...except they prob. had a larger market to be exposed to when they were metalcore. 1:because sadly metalcore is still going somewhat strong. 2. fans of the genre they are playing now will view them as "trend hoppers" and/or won't even give them the time of day due to the name. there is no more re-inventing the wheel...they play the style decently and the record is listenable....anything el


eatshitandlive_ 2/13/2008 9:23:20 AM

Being from there home town and watching them grow, this is a dramatic improvement over anything they've released. Yeah they're on a trend f*ck label and yeah they used to play half ass metalcore, but its good to see them finally get in their niche. Plus, who gives a f*ck if they sound like, Isis, or Cult of luna. Personally, I can still hear the orinallity in the music, and if you can't enjoy a band without having to find the similarities to another band (unless its totally obvious) then what i


askmeifimanorange_ 2/23/2008 1:01:08 AM

slick album killer sound !


Ricksta_ 3/3/2008 11:07:40 PM

I think everyone needs to quit being so gay. As it is with ANY music, you either like it or you don't. If you like NLT then great for you, if you don't then shut the f*ck up and don't listen to them, because no one wants to hear your pointless ranting about how much you hate this band. Especially because you couldn't write half as good as they do anyway. In my opinion, I enjoy Nights Like These. I liked The Faithless more than Sunlight At Secondhand due to the fact that it was heavier and