New Years Day turn heads with “Victim To Villain” (Album review)

New Years Day turn heads with “Victim To Villain” (Album review)

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New Years Day are a female fronted rock band formed in 2005 from Chino Hills California. Their first album “My Dear” (2007) was a solid debut of pop punk rock, but unfortunately did not receive adequate promotion to reach the ears of a larger audience. Since then, the band has matured and learned some things along the way. Releasing a 6 track EP “The Mechanical Heart” in 2011 you already saw a band in transition with their sound. 2013 is becoming a big year for New Years Day. With a darker visually appealing image the band is already turning heads. Having secured themselves a spot on the Warped Tour all summer long, and now the release of sophomore album Victim To Villain.
Victim To Villain is an album much different than what the band has done before. It’s obvious the band has shed their pop punk wings and become something much darker and deeper. From the image of the band straight to the core of the sound. Right from the start when you hear the opening track “Do Your Worst” you hear a heavier band. Followed by “I’m No Good” with a catchy beat and punk influenced sound. Front woman Ash Costello really expands her vocal range on this track and all those to follow. Bloody Mary is an interesting track of rock, with lyrics guaranteed and a solid guitar solo, this track stands out. Possibly the most emotional and dynamic track on the album is “Victims”. A melodic dark song with powerful lyrics. Costello holds nothing back in the soul screaming chorus. Death Of The Party is another unique track on the album. With a dance like beat, dark melodic guitars, and goth lyrics. This song is bound to be a hit on hard rock radio. The Arsonist is a melancholy track. With a soothing chorus and atmosphere created by melodic guitars and keyboards it’s a perfect dynamic mid way through the album. On the track Angel Eyes the band recruited Chris Motionless of Motionless In White to make a guest appearance. Already a wonderful track with dark keyboards and heavy guitars Chris Motionless makes this a flawless track. Costello and Motionless complement each other with their vocal abilities. Possibly the best track on the album. Any Last Words? is definitely a party track with it’s dance like beat. A much more pop punk track like the band’s older material. Last Great Love Story closes out the album with a solid heavy rock track of melody, atmosphere and emotion.
New Years Day has taken a big step forward with Victim To Villain. A mature cohesive piece of dark goth influenced hard rock. The entire album flows and there is no filler tracks here. In a scene saturated with many female fronted rock bands, New Years Day has majored to separate themselves from the pack with Victim To Villain. Costello has enough edge and range in her voice that she can please all listeners. Cryptic Rock give this album 5 out of 5 stars.
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Check New Years Day out on Vans Warped Tour 2013:

06/15/13 – Auburn, WA @ White River Amphitheatre
06/16/13 – Portland, OR @ Portland Expo Center Parking Lot
06/19/13 – Chula Vista, CA @ Cricket Wireless Amphitheatre
06/20/13 – Pomona, CA @ Pomona Fairplex
06/21/13 – Pomona, CA @ Pomona Fairplex
06/22/13 – Mountain View, CA @ Shoreline Amphitheatre
06/23/13 – Ventura, CA @ Ventura Country Fairground At Seaside Park
06/26/13 – Las Cruces, NM @ NMSU Practice Field
06/27/13 – Mesa, AZ @ Quail Run Park
06/28/13 – Las Vegas, NV @ Venue TBA
06/29/13 – Salt Lake City, UT @ Utah State Fairpark
06/30/13 – Denver, CO @ Sports Authority Field at Mile High
07/03/13 – Noblesville, IN @ Klipsch Music Center
07/05/13 – Toronto, ON, CA @ The Flats At Molson Canadian Amphitheatre
07/06/13 – Darien Center, NY @ Darien Lake Performing Arts Center
07/07/13 – Holmdel, NJ @ PNC Bank Arts Center
07/09/13 – Virginia Beach, VA @ Farm Bureau Live At Virginia Beach
07/10/13 – Columbia, MD @ Merriweather Post Pavilion
07/11/13 – Mansfield, MA @ Comcast Center
07/12/13 – Camden, NJ @ Susquehanna Bank Center
07/13/13 – Uniondale, NY @ Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum
07/14/13 – Hartford, CT @ The Comcast Theatre
07/16/13 – Scranton, PA @ Toyota Pavilion
07/17/13 – Burgettstown, PA @ First Niagara Pavilion
07/18/13 – Cuyahoga Falls, OH @ Blossom Music Center
07/19/13 – Auburn Hills, MI @ The Palace of Auburn Hills
07/20/13 – Tinley Park, IL @ First Midwest Bank Ampitheatre
07/21/13 – Shakopee, MN @ Canterbury Park
07/23/13 – Kansas City, KS @ Cricket Wireless Amphitheater
07/24/13 – Maryland Heights, MO @ Verizon Wireless Amphitheater
07/25/13 – Atlanta, GA @ Aaron’s Amphitheater at Lakewood
07/26/13 – St. Petersburg, FL @ Vinoy Park
07/27/13 – West Palm Beach, FL @ Cruzan Ampitheatre
07/28/13 – Orlando, FL @ Central FL Fairgrounds
07/29/13 – Charlotte, NC @ Verizon Wireless Amphitheater
07/30/13 – Cincinnati, OH @ Riverbend Music Center
07/31/13 – Milwaukee, WI @ Marcus Amphitheatre
08/02/13 – Dallas, TX @ Gexa Energy Pavilion
08/03/13 – San Antonio, TX @ AT&T Center
08/04/13 – Houston, TX @ Reliant Center Parking Lot

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