Fans may be disappointed by the less-raw, more-polished direction taken on this album, but I like that it’s accessible without being totally wussy.
There are some emo and emocore elements, but the band’s base is swirly, progressive post-hardcore. It works for them. A lot of emo bands try to seem interesting and smart by adding angular, dissonant edge to their corny sound, and they fail miserably in a transparently lame mess. But DDG come from the other direction – starting with tightly-controlled post-hardcore, dripping bass, and metal guitars, and smoothing it out with a good use of layered singing, occasional keys, and melodic guitar lines.
This is an interestingly high-concept, full-sounding album where challenging structures and poppy melodies work shockingly well together. Although markedly different bands, in terms of inventiveness in the midst of today’s youthful and stale punk/emo sound, these guys remind me of Latterman at their prime.
Bottom Line: Impressively smart, interesting post-hardcore/emo band.