Metal Review – The Living Fields – Running Out of Daylight (2011)

The Living Fields - Running Out of DaylightHailing from Chicago, Illinois, The Living Fields is a little more than a symphonic metal act with their latest release, Running Out of Daylight. Their latest release is more of an eclectic effort and borders on a hard rock, gothic sounding venture which is a far departure from their previous efforts. This departure can be noticed from the use of electronic elements to string sections in various sections on the album. It is a rather complex album that is layered with music elements not found in too many bands of this genre.

With all of that being said, that is not to say that most of the experimentation worked on this release. A lot of what was experimented on just did not pan out for The Living Fields. I know that they will be able to find plenty of fans that their style of music on this release works on, but for my tastes there was just a little too much going on with Running Out of Daylight. Like a fine wine, it is more of an acquired taste that gets better with more revisits – in this case listens. While I have gave it a few listens, I know that this release is really not for me. My opinion could change in time, but for now, I will state my case as not being a big fan of this release.

There is plenty of musical talent on display and many of the melodies and riffs are well thought out, but the vocals are lacking the intensity that the music brings to the table. A lot of the vocals are forced and the high notes are too far of a reach. I really want to like this album, but the vocals are too tough a sell for me.

Internationally compiled, The Living Fields plays an eclectic mix of metals fleshed out with piano, violins, viola, cello, and acoustic guitars. Following early acclaim via two self produced/distributed recordings, the band now presents their third recording, Running Out of Daylight.

With recording processes spanning the Atlantic and east coast, Running Out of Daylight possesses a mature yet urgent sound that long caters to the band’s rife mixing of thrash, black, viking and epic metals. The album’s eight songs reflect the underlying moods and themes of the lyrics.  The album features the debut of new guitarist Sam Rahn and is the first to include a real string section, courtesy of violinist/violist Chuck Bontrager and cellist Petar Kecenovici.

Running Out of Daylight was assembled at Fairview Recordings by Jay Walsh and was mastered in London by Tim Turan (Emperor).

TRACK LISTING
1.) Remnant
2.) Perseverance
3.) From Miseries to Bloodsoaked Fields
4.) When the Walls Go Up
5.) Bitterness
6.) Glacial Movements
7.) Intermissione
8.) Running Out of Daylight