01. A Million Miles
03. Salvation Wearing Thin
04. Shattered Dreams And Broken Hearts
05. Take All The Blame
06. Close My Eyes
The Will To Live
Day Of Contempt
Rooted in classic hardcore, The Will To Live is a brutal hardcore blitz that features intense rhythms, blazing riffs, incensed, melodic vocals and an overall energy that can only be described as explosive!
Produced by Josh Abraham (Weezer, Velvet Revolver, Linking Park, Orgy, Static-X), this EP is sure to be a prime example of what this band is all about!
The Will To Live
Day Of Contempt
Produced By Josh Abraham
Engineered and Mixed By: Ryan Williams at Pulse Recordings, Los Angeles, CA April–May 2005
Mastered By “Big Bass” Brian Gardner at Bernie Grundman Mastering
A&R: Michael Howe
All Songs Written by Day of Contempt
Publishing by Day of Contempt ASCAP
Marta from Bleeding Through appears on “Shattered Dreams and Broken Hearts” Courtesy of Trustkill Records.
James Hart from Eighteen Visions appears on “Shattered Dreams and Broken Hearts” Courtesy of Trustkill & Epic Records.
Design and Layout by Bill Scoville
Management by Dianne Meyer at Blue Murder Inc. (Docmanagment@sbcglobal.net)
Day of Contempt Thanks:
Dianne Meyer for her endless determination, Leslie Frank, Michael Howe, Josh Abraham, Ryan Williams, Tamara Milagros-Woeckner, Brett Gurewitz & Epitaph, (we love!) Jen Santoro, Bill Scoville, Our Brothers Benji, Joel & GC for Everything, Steve Feinberg & Mike Martinovich / A Fein Martini, SuperNik Babbis, Max Lagunas, Matt Winkler, Graham Nixon, Nigel Melder, Boosty & Beau, Jason & the whole To Die For Crew, Lawrence & Kristen, Jon Chain Reaction, Katie, Grandan, Wommie & Bleeding Through for treating us like family from day one in our new home and of course Marta for playing on this EP. Thank You!, Johnson, Dale Rio, Jeff Sagud, Trevor, Dom & Throwdown, James, Biggie & Eighteen Visions, Himsa, Shane, Albert, Keith, Dustin, Nils, Lee Moberly, Chris Moses, Tristan Checkley, Hambone, Childers, Keith In Hell, & Doug & High Rollers, Terror, Jonas & The Hope Conspiracy, Avenged Sevenfold, Jeph & The Used, Toby & H20/Hazen St, Royce, Freddy Mitts & Madball, Cody Mac, Ben Newman, Davey & AFI, Bury your Dead, Taking Sides, The Warriors, Every Time I Die, Wes & Some Girls, Jorma & The Bronx, Dropkick Murphys, Daiki, Nori & Tomo, Ghiya, Crystal Lake & Graham CR Japan, Ivonne and Rebelle, Tony FTM, Uncle Paul, Dudley, Birdman, The Mission Family, The Mills Family, The Robertson Family, Aimee, Jeffro, The Bleeders, Aaron Bartos, Kirk, The McCall’s, The Bursky’s, Tim & Truth Drums, Allan & ESP Guitars, Vater Percussion, Ron & Draven, Daniel & Albrigo Attire, Josh Made, Paul Frank Industries, Tommy Love & Obey Clothing, Allysia & TUK Shoes, Black Flys, Vestal, Our friends & the bands who’ve looked out for us in Orange County, the US, & back in Australia & New Zealand, The Bourne, Coyte, Deverix, O’Gorman and Smith Families, and to everyone who has believed in us anywhere… thank you.
US Rel. Date: 08/09/2005
EU Rel. Date: 08/08/2005
The Will To Live, the band’s first release under Epitaph Records, is essentially a six-track teaser from the band before tackling another full-length album, and a release that will introduce the band to audiences in their new home turf. The opener A Million Miles is sure to appeal to fans of Atreyu and The Hurt Process with it’s combination of dual vocals (Which is a mix of screaming and the underlying clean approach) and the splicing of melodic rock sensibilities within a hardcore framework, while the subtle keyboard work and guitar work in The Ghost Of Tragedy reveals a more rocking side to the bands sound.
While the remainder of the E.P. (Salvation Wearing Thin, Take All The Blame and Close My Eyes) are all rock solid tracks, the obvious stand out is the big centrepiece Shattered Dreams And Broken Hearts. With the help of keyboardist Marta (From metalcore act Bleeding Through) and vocalist James Hart (From Eighteen Visions), Shattered Dreams And Broken Hearts is as touching as it is hard hitting, and a huge step up from Day Of Contempt’s past efforts.
Along with production handled by the renown Josh Abraham (Weezer, Velvet Revolver, Linking Park, Orgy and Static-X), Day Of Contempt’s new E.P. has success written all over it.
Opening with a really cool plucking, jack-in-the-box, scratchy pianola kind of sound that is hard to place before launching into A Million Miles, a heavy sounding, riff intensive opener that seems to be straining to be let off the leash. It sounds like the band wants to play at a different pace for the most part but that just gives it an edge. It is a simmering, melodic song that highlights the quality of the song writing as you can hear and understand the lyrics. The vocals are loud, brash and ugly – perfect for the verses serving as a great contrast to the lyrical chorus.
The Ghost of Tragedy is the same kind of tempo but does some interesting things with the pace in the middle to break it up. It sounds very much like an Alexisonfire song, so if you like them, you’ll be happy with this. Salvation Wearing Thin is the third track and it is very easy to listen to. It is snappy, catchy and I really liked the drumming through the whole song. It was never what you expected or where you thought the note would fall. This was the best song here.
Shattered Dreams and Broken Hearts starts with a piano introduction, then launches into a slower style song (as you would expect from the title) which manages to meld soft lyrics with heavy instrumentation and still come out sweet. Nicely done.
Take All The Blame sounded like a lot of songs produced in the hardcore genre, as good as any others but wasn’t anything terrible new. I liked the harmonies in this song, they stood out as the finest point of the song.
Close My Eyes rounds out the release and starts with a scratchy record sound and then a sturdy lead guitar riff before the bass and drums kick in.
The arrangement on these songs are really top notch and this release is a great introduction to Day Of Contempt with each song on The Will To Live would be fantastic live and worth buying
Average Fan Rating: 4.00