‘Unbreakable’ - New Years Day / Turned Up Louder
Highly anticipated was one way to describe the new album from New Years Day. The fourth album on their lineup, this was meant to be a new progression in their sound and style, and be the ultimate fusion between pop and metal. But does it work in this album, Unbreakable? Can the band prove that mixing pop and metal works?
In short, not really. In long? Well, it’s not to say that there aren’t moments that work. The music, for the most part, keeps up the band’s raw metal sound, even developing into anthemic symphonic metal that surprising is a style the band can pull of very well. In some songs, the lyrics are effective and inspirational , and in a song like “Skeletons”, it conjures up fantastic imagery that turns it into a great song. Stand out songs like “Done With You”, “I Survived”, and “Nocturnal” showcase that talent the band have and why they do have a legion of fans.
However, both the music and the lyrics have major faults that cannot be excused within this album. The use of electronics, if subtle, can create a good effect within the body of the music, but it doesn’t seem to have happened here, as in songs like “Poltergeist” and “Break My Body”, they overshadow the rest of the music, and for the most part, distract the listener from the important elements of the song. The worst thing, however that a song can do is feel like it was made with the bare minimum of effort, for example in “Sorry Not Sorry”, the lyrics seem really cliched and forced, as if the band couldn’t be bothered to think of something new to write about, and with “My Monsters”, whilst the lyrics are imaginative and great, the music feels like it’s on a default setting, and very samey as to their other songs, not just on this album, but in their discography.
There are some really great elements within this album, but as a whole, it feels like a mess of styles that clash together. As stated, the band actually sound better in a subgenre they unintentionally went into, being symphonic metal. If they took that route for their next album, there’s a chance they can pull it off well. But as it stands, Unbreakable feels like its pieces are scattered and then put back together to make a stunning but jumbled mosaic.
Unbreakable is OUT NOW!
NEW YEARS DAY are on tour throughout the year - check out the dates below!
NEW YEARS DAY TOUR DATES w/Falling In Reverse May 10 - Detroit, MI - St. Andrews Hall May 11 - Cleveland, OH - House of Blues May 12 - Chicago, IL - House of Blues May 14 - Denver, CO - The Odgen May 15 - Salt Lake City, UT - The Depot May 17 - Boise, ID - Revolution May 18 - Portland, OR - Hawthorne Theater May 19 - Seattle, WA - Showbox Market May 21 - San Francisco, CA – The Regency Ballroom May 22 – Sacramento, CA – Ace of Spades May 24 - Los Angeles, CA - The Wiltern May 25 – Pryor, OK – Rocklahoma Headline Dates w/Diamante and Savage After Midnight June 13 – Fresno, CA – Strummers June 14 – Anaheim, CA – Chain Reaction June 16 – San Diego, CA – Brick By Brick June 17 – Tucson, AZ – Club XS June 20 – Austin, TX – Empire Garage June 21 – Dallas, TX – Trees June 23 – New Orleans, LA – House of Blues June 25 – Nashville, TN – Exit/In June 26 – Asheville, NC – Orange Peel June 29 – Baltimore, MD – Baltimore Soundstage July 1 – Syracuse, NY – Westcott Theater July 2 – Lancaster, PA – Chameleon Club July 4 – Montreal, QC – Café Campus July 5 – Toronto, ON – The Mod Club July 6 – Buffalo, NY – Town Ballroom July 9 – Columbus, OH – A&R Music Bar July 10 – Grand Rapids, MI – The Stache July 12 – Madison, WI – Majestic Theatre July 13 – Clarkston, MI – DTE Energy Music Theater July 15 – Minneapolis, MN – Fine Line Music Café July 16 – Lawrence, KS – Granada Theatre July 19 – Colorado Springs, CO – The Black Sheep August 2 – Auburn, WA – White River Amphitheater w/Halestorm November 13 - Paris, France - Pleyel November 14 - Cologne, Germany - Palladium November 16 - Munich, Germany - Tonhalle November 18 - Offenbach, Germany - Capitol November 19 - Hamburg, Germany - Grobe Freiheit November 20 - Amsterdam, Netherlands - AFAS Live November 24 - Glasgow, United Kingdom - The SSE Hydro November 25 - Nottingham, United Kingdom - Motorpoint arena November 27 - Cardiff, United Kingdom -Motorpoint Arena Cardiff November 28 - London, United Kingdom - Alexandra Palace *festival dates