Classic Day – Ashes To Dust


In this spacious demise known as a soul, Have A Nice Life is an embodiment of that dying light that seems to flicker against the drawing blinds. A light reflected in their 2008 record, Deathconsciousness which combines the vast with the gentle, an embrace behind the tundra.

Opening with the entirely atmospheric track, “A Quick One Before The Eternal Worm Devours Connecticut” may sound strange, but it’s that uneasiness Have A Nice Life can channel into the majority of Deathconsciousness. Every being on Deathconsciousness or track rather is often over five minutes long as an average and stretches to touch both the fear of life coming to an end and the rebirth of the unknown.

The first track, “Bloodhail“ is doused in this corrosive acid that melts away through the low-tuned bass notes and guitar without a serious direction. Much of Deathconsciousness for that matter is lost within itself, relating to the numbness that overtakes the audience through a traumatic experience. Have A Nice Life is not quite existential, but it does not make any strides of hope in the long-term either.

On “Bloodhail,” the lyrics that come are dissociative but ultimately become pieces that stand as a matching piece of the musical lucidity. At first, the vocals come off slightly whined and match the work of a SoundCloud revival rapper that enjoyed too much Good Charlotte, but the sound grows on the listener with each revisit to the record.

This made the instrumentals become the most important factor for falling in love with Deathconsciousness. Without those gruff and sometimes harrowing instrumentals, much of Have A Nice Life would have resulted in this harder-to-take serious mentality behind the production.

Taking a track like “Hunter” which uses a total sacrifice of self as the main discussion, the lyrics describe, “You can wear my skin as armor, you can eat my flesh and bones. Leave nothing that is needed, all I have is yours.” The production uses this metal on metal scrape to format a background with dark reds and nearly velvet greys. Essences of New Wave start to flood the ears and at times, the overpowering nature of the instrumentalization shows a prowess to Have A Nice Life.

Later tracks like “There Is No Food” are entirely instrumental and resorts to a similar tactic that “A Quick One Before The Eternal Worm Devours Connecticut” does. With a real grasp on creating distance to be the motivating factor, Deathconsciousness etches through 13 tracks and over an hour of noise.

The use of undefinable space and limitless potential of sound becomes a graveyard for the mind, giving Have A Nice Life a proper burial through

Listen To Deathconsciousness Here!!! – BandCamp/Spotify/iTunes

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