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In The Beginning:

American Hard Rockers Dark New Day formed in 2004 with a line up consisting of Will Hunt (Evanescence), Clint Lowery (Sevendust), Brett Hestla (Virgos Merlot), Troy McLawhorn (Evanescence), and Corey Lowery (Stereomud, Eye Empire). They were quickly snatched up by Warner Bros. Records and released their debut album Twelve Year Silence in 2005. Charting in the Billboard Top 200, the album went on to be extremely successful and build their ever growing fan base.

The band continued with a rigorous touring schedule supporting such acts as Chevelle, Seether, and Crossfade. In 2006 the band released an EP entitled The Black Porch Acoustic Sessions after being on tour for over a year. The band recorded their second full length album entitled Hail Mary in 2006 for Warner Bros. Records. Going through many employee and management changes, Warner Bros. decided to release the band from their contract while leaving the Hail Mary album to be unreleased. It was at this point that Dark New Day went on a hiatus, with the members either returning to their previous bands or venturing out into new projects.

Modern Day:

The fire for new Dark New Day material continued to burn in both the band members and the diehard fan base alike. The band came together in 2011 to compile tracks for a special album to be released as a thank you to all the loyal fans that have continued to follow the band and request more material from the group.

The band was contacted by Goomba Music with an offer to provide a venue to release the material through a worldwide distribution network. On November 14, 2011 Dark New Day announced a partnership with the Chicago based label to release a new album.

The band s sophomore album, New Tradition is scheduled for a February 28, 2012 release. The new album will feature some of Dark New Day s finest material to date.

Guitarist Clint Lowery states, We are very excited about the new Dark New Day release and first the single New Tradition. It seems that the time is right to make these songs public and share with the fans that continue to support this project.

Prolific songwriters and drawing on their long time friendships, Dark New Day enjoyed a creative outburst from 2004 to 2006 crafting many songs, and all of the thirteen songs on New Tradition were written and recorded during this period. Although a few years old, Lowery says, We believe this music is still very valid and powerful today and think its mandatory we give these songs a fair chance out in the music world. We owe it to ourselves and the DND fans. New Tradition sums up the mindset we were in writing the follow up to Twelve Year Silence.

There is something very comforting and honest about New Tradition, that certain it that is hard to put into words. Needless to say, the guys in the band are seasoned veterans and have achieved tremendous success with their other bands. Maybe it is this success and their close friendship that bred such confidence that shines through in the songwriting and the performances on New Tradition.

From the bombastic opening drums of Fists From The Sky, the passion filled anthem and lead single New Tradition, to the groove filled final track Burns Your Eyes, this record will satisfy even the most zealous rock fans and critics.

Prepare for the rise of a Dark New Day.

Review

Imagine being able to concoct a musical Frankenstein out of some of the best hard rock and metal bands out there today. Take your pick of the strongest appendages off of the most maniacal and well-known bands from the past decade and stitching them together with a strong, fibrous, passion for kick ass rock n roll. Guitarist Clint Lowery (Sevendust), drummer Will Hunt (Evanescence), guitarist Troy McLawhorn ( Evanescence) vocalist Brett Hestla (Virgos Merlot) and bassist Corey Lowery (Eye Empire) have been pieced together to form this rock n roll juggernaut. Fuel it all with the desire to give the fans what they so deserve, and you have Dark New Days new album, New Tradition. And let me tell you, you better run and hide because this album is all killer, no filler.

We re very excited about the new Dark New Day release, proclaims Clint. It seems the time is right to make these songs public and share with the fans that continue to support this project. We believe this music is still very valid and powerful today, and think its mandatory we give these songs a fair chance out in the music world. We owe it to ourselves and the DND fans. New Tradition sums up the mindset we were in writing the follow-up to Twelve Year Silence.

The album opens as you would expect it a group of some of the best metal musicians would start an album. Monstrous riffs and drum beats from the likes of Lowery, McLawhorn and Hunt in the song Fist from the Sky. The hellacious pace of the chorus makes you get up and move. This has got to be the band's next single that is released to radio, as it has tons of hook with mountains of originality. The song has more layers than a french pastry and it is perfectly topped with Brett Hestla's amazing voice.

Next up is the aptly titled Come Alive. You can almost see the lightning charging into this musical monster with the growl of the bass line. I really think this song showcases the true talent that Clint's brother Corey has on bass. Just give this song one listen and you can see why he's quickly becoming a favorite in the world of rock. I'm personally a guitar guy who likes crisp technical work and badass solos so fast that I can't even move my fingers fast enough to replicate when I'm shredding my air guitar. But in this song Corey gives a whole new appreciation to the old saying that The untrained ear won't ever hear the bass, but without it and the song falls apart.


Soon comes the album's first single that has been released to radio stations around the country is the title track, New Tradition. It definitely has that radio feel with catchy lyrics and addictive guitar riffs. I can already picture fans singing along at their next DND concert. With a patented guitar solo that isn't intended to impress guitar gurus (we all know that Clint and Troy could melt our ears if they intended too with a solo), but it builds with the tempo of the song perfectly and provides a spot-on bridge to the ending. Definitely a song we'll all be hearing a lot of radio stations near you.

The entire album has incredible musicianship layered throughout the entire thing. Each song you hear, you can identify another highlight of a different band member and why they are highly touted. It's like watching your favorite movie over and over again. Every time you watch (listen) to it, you find another part that is awesome and just makes you want to see (hear) more. If you don't buy this album when it comes out, not only are you not a fan of true hard rock and metal, but I'm going to put it out there and say you're anti-fun. Don't be a fun sponge! Go buy Dark New Days' New Tradition; you can thank me later. --Hard Rock Reviews.com


1. Fist From the Sky
2. Come Alive
3. I Don't Need You
4. New Tradition
5. Tremendous
6. Sorry
7. Straightjacket
8. Take it from Me
9. Caught in the Light
10. Sunday
11. Fiend
12. Breakdown
13. Burns Your Eyes

Product Details

  • Audio CD (February 28, 2012)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Goomba Music
  • ASIN: B006UFH2IW
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #156,060 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on February 29, 2012
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In full disclosure I am huge Virgos Merlot fan from back in the day and for some reason have been listening to a lot of DND recently.
Yesterday I saw that this album dropped (via Facebook). I immediately picked it up and after my first listen decided that it would join my workout playlist (along with Chevelle's Hat's off to the Bull). I think this is really good rock album with an edgy and catchy sound that is different from what is currently being blasted over the airwaves (is it just me or does everything sound alike?). Brett's voice continues to differentiate relative to many other lead vocalists and the riffs/guitar are consistent with past albums. It is totally worth picking up and if you are like me the more you listen the more you will enjoy it.
My fave tracks so far are: Sorry, Burn Your Eyes, and I Don't Need You.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By JoB on March 1, 2012
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This album really caught me by surprise with it's release.I thought they weren't going to come back again & when I read they were releasing a new album I was in shock.This album is very heavy unlike there first one.The opening track is a killer fast paced one with an energetic feel to it.The rest of the album is very heavy & melodious.Highlight tracks from this album to me are: Fist from the sky,I Don't need you,Fiend & Burns your eyes.This album is a must have if you are a heavy metal fan of music & this band.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By S. Duffin on February 29, 2012
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What a talented group. Its too bad they weren't able to release these songs years ago when they were originally recorded, but they still sound polished and very original today. They really pick up right where they left off with Twelve Year Silence.
Several of these songs are probably familiar to anyone who followed DND's myspace profile in the past. The band had posted demo versions of Fiend, Fist From the Sky, and I Don't Need You, all of which are powerful songs.

"Fist From the Sky" starts things off with a full-tilt rockin pace. "Come Alive" slows things down a bit, albeit not much, with a slick little guitar and drum prog-style intro riff. The drumming sounds a lot like that of "Pieces" from Twelve Year Silence, along with great bass work to boot. "I Don't Need You" speeds things up again, with another feel-good style rock vibe. Its a very catchy tune, with some impressive drum work. "New Tradition" is the first single off this record, which carries an-anthem like chorus. "Tremendous" shows off some excellent vocals by singer Brett Hestla. This song is one of my favorites, it grabbed me when I first heard it. "Sorry" is a slower tune that lyrically deals with self imperfection. On to "Straightjacket" -- If I had to choose one song that doesn't sound like it belongs on this album, it would be this one. Hestla's snarls lyrics that sound almost immature compared to some of the other deep lyrics on the rest of the album -- "electro-shock, therapy!! Get a straight jacket for me!!" "Take it From Me" showcases a nifty guitar riff with a solid drum intro. "Caught in the Light" has some nice melodies in the chorus, while "Sunday" deals with spirituality. "Fiend" sounds like it would fit right into a Sevendust album. Heavy hitting guitars and bass here.
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By BSC3ATW on February 21, 2013
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this is a solid effort there are many songs on here that I like and would recommend it to any one who likes rock
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By Richard Hilliard on August 21, 2012
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I have really liked Brett Hestla's bands and voice since his Virgo's Merlot, then Virgo's days. This album was a surprise to see as I knew this "super band" only released the one album. Either way what a nice surprise because this album is addicting. Hasn't left my radio in both my cars for over a month. My favorite tracks are Caught in the Light, and Sunday.

On a side note, if you like this band he produces music for bands such as Transmit Now and Framing Hanley. They rock too so buy their cd's to support Brett!
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I really liked their 1st album, but I LOVED this album! They far exceeded my expectations since it is only a side project. Honestly, this is better than their 1st album in my opinion.
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By JBR on April 21, 2012
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This cd has surpassed my expectations. Bought it because I own DND's first album 'Twelve Year Silence' and it was and still is excellent. This one took me a little while to warm up to, but it's great!
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