The boys from Devour the Day pretty much nailed the recipe for a hard rock record on their sophomore album S.O.A.R. They create a fitting harmony between the drums and guitars so neither overpowers, the lyrics growl and intimidate, and the music sinks into your veins. Their sound heavily resembles fellow rockers Adelitas Way. However, Devour the Day tend not to stray from that rock recipe, which makes for a lackluster album.
Devour the Day doesn’t hit their groove until almost four songs into S.O.A.R. Their title track, and opening song, feels slightly out of place among the intentionally long riffs and melodic vocals of the latter half of the record. The opening of “S.O.A.R.” builds up nice and slow, but by the middle, there are too many elements crammed into each beat. It feels forced and uncomfortable. By “Heaven” and “Quicksand,” their resonating sound and elongated verses create a mood that sticks through the rest of the album. Devour does a better job at winning their race with slow and steady than hard and powerful. But that doesn’t deter from the aggressive sounds of “Fake It to Make It” or “Save Yourself.” In fact, “Save Yourself” could easily make a better introduction to the album than “S.O.A.R.”
What this album needs is risks. Vocalist Blake Allison writes safe lyrics backed by a reliable rhythm section, but it needs some punch and flare. It’s a great second album from Devour the Day, but leaves something to be desired. They definitely fit the mold, so hopefully their next album can jumpstart their sound.
by Courtney Tharp