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Review: Right Stripped - Daylight into Darkness
Right Stripped
Daylight into Darkness

Label: Independent
Year released: 2021
Duration: 48:08
Tracks: 9
Genre: Progressive Metal


Review online: May 3, 2021
Reviewed by: Christian Renner
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Rated 3.67/5 (73.33%) (3 Votes)

Right Stripped are an American Progressive Metal band that was formed in 2003 and have four full-length albums to their credit. The promo material states they started as more of a Power Metal band with orchestral influences. I haven't heard their other material, but I can hear a few moments here and there where a bit of Power Metal creeps in and honestly, I wish they would lean in on that a bit more. Unfortunately, I think they are trying to appeal more to the Hard Rock/Metal that is common on Rock radio stations in the US.

The Good—When they focus on their more metal side, such as songs like "Inner Lies" and the last 3-4 minutes of "Against the Tide" is when the band is at their best. The opening melody line in that and double bass kick is instantly hooky and sets a great base for the song moving forward. The guitar work overall is actually very good. The drums are well done with some nice fills without being flashy.

The Bad—The production sounds muddy. The guitars would sound so much better with a brighter tone. The vocals, although not terrible, sound out of place. They sound more like what you would find on an alt rock radio station (Think Theory of a Deadman or Nickelback). Here and there they even go into a growl style vocal, which makes no sense at all on this album. The songs themselves are pretty good but the album has that problem where everything sounds enjoyable as you are listening to it, but you would be hard pressed to remember them after the album is done.

Overall, this album is an enjoyable enough listen, but the muddy production and lack of memorable songs hold that back. Not a waste of time, but nothing that is going to be stuck in your playlist.

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