Dark Days Ahead are a band from Finland that plays a mixture of death, thrash and groove metal and this is a review of their 2014 album "North Star Blues" which was released by Inverse Records.
The album starts out with a very heavy and melodic sound and a few seconds later elements of thrash and groove metal are added into the music along with southern rock style guitar leads which also lead to death metal vocals becoming a part of the music and at time s melodic vocals are added in.
As the album progresses the music starts to find its sound and combines 70's to modern hard rock, thrash, power, groove and death metal together along with a good mixture of heaviness and melody and after awhile acoustic guitars and a ballad is added in before the music returns to a heavier direction on the following tracks.
With this album Dark Days Ahead take modern mainstream hard rock and mix it in with the heaviness of groove and death metal together to create their own sound and have a better approach to this style than most bands of this genre.
Song lyrics cover everyday themes, while the production has a very strong, powerful, heavy and professional sound where you can hear all of the musical instruments that are present on this recording.
In my opinion Dark Days Ahead are a very decent sounding mixture of hard rock, groove and death metal and if you are a fan of those musical genres, you should check out t his b and. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "Once We Stand, Once We Fall" "Yesterday's Noose" "Fall To Believe" and "Varra". 7/8 out of 10.