Almost exactly two years ago, Issues released their self titled, debut album, Issues. It came out on February 18, and was released on November 28, all in 2014. The album debuted at number 9 on the Billboard 200 the first time around, and sold 22,000 copies in its first week alone.
Fans have continued to love the album, and their hard to describe, very unique sound. While they're thought of as 'nu-metal' or 'metalcore' to some, they blur the genre lines by throwing in heavier aspects, with some electronic vibes. They're a bit hard to describe, and definitely not for everyone.
Perhaps they're an aquired taste, but they don't really strike our attention that much. It often felt like singer, Tyler Carter was being drowned out by the synthesizers, and then between that and the screaming, the meanings of the songs felt like they were often lost.
It doesn't neccessarily sound bad though, its all very catchty and upbeat in sound, which draws the attention of many. We did like some tracks quite a bit though, like "Mad At Myself", and "The Langdon House."
"Mad At Myself" is about a bad romance, where they fell for someone who's just awful for them. He said something very interesting in this song that we really liked. , "I've got your melody in my head. Feels like I'm singing it wrong, then again there's nothing worse than being addicted to a bad song." Comparing someone to a bad song is something we haven't heard much of and really liked hearing here.
As for "The Langdon House", it seems to speak about an inner turmoil caused by someone else. Problem is, it may be all in your head, but you don't quite know either. This one was very well done, and it was one of the best tracks on the album.
Its not a bad album, by any means. Its just a style that may not be our cup of tea. We see the talent, just don't love it ourselves. We recommend checking them out for yourself and seeing what you think. Some absolutely love it, some do not, and others have to let it grow on them. Perhaps we just have to let it grow on us.
For anyone interested, you can catch Issues on tour with Crown The Empire, ONE OK ROCK, and Night Verses March 17 through April 18. You can also see them at a handful of festivals coming up very soon, such as Fort Rock, Welcome To Rockville, and Rock On The Range here in the US, then Rock am Ring and Rock im Park in Germany later on. Further information can be found over on Issues official website.
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