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Released: 08.06.23







A memorable and meaningful debut album from Newcastle-based melodic hardcore band Dayshifter. The title is a Welsh word for a deep longing for something, and both the album lyrics and song titles chart the turbulent, churning emotions and anxiety that prey on the mind in life’s darker times.

The lyrics are necessarily reflective, melancholic and sometimes even desperate; searching, drowning, suffering. “Falling apart like a broken heart” is one repeated phrase. The music is equally storm-tossed but also occasionally euphoric and exhilarating; a lion’s roar of guttural guitars and drums perhaps offering a way out. Dayshifter are exposing tortured souls and exorcising demons. They are bravely and valiantly bringing mental health into the musical conversation, and that is hardcore.


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