Yesterday, April 24, 2020 The Used released their eighth studio album, Heartwork. Prior to the release, there's been three different singles, along with a handful of marketing that was reminiscent of tarot cards. It all started with the first single, "Blow Me"which was released December 5 of last year. Which is not actually about what you'd expect, given the name. It honestly brings up suicide awareness, and offers a few new elements to The Used's sound. Including a new screaming style, that admittedly I was a bit torn on upon the first couple listens. It grew on me eventually though.
The Used is constantly growing and evolving their sound. Somehow with each album, they still feel like themselves but still slightly different. This particular album had a lot of depth, and frankly had a few songs that felt somewhat topical for the world we live in today. Some of which they weren't even aware of at the time of writing and recording this album. This is definitely one of those albums that requires more than one listen to to fully appreciate it, and to really get a good feel for it.
Right off the bat though, I have to say I really like the sound they've created for this album. It feels oddly kind of calm for the most part. Like something you can turn on and just vibe to, as most of the internet seems to say these days. That being said, it still has its moments of getting you to nod, borderline headbang to it, because come on, its still The Used. That's a must with them. Anyone who's followed their music for any period of time knows that.
As with every album, a handful of songs really stood out to me. My favorite was probably "Bloody Nose", as its one of those songs that you turn on when shit is hitting the fan, but you're still persevering regardless of the circumstances. Despite that though, you do still have your moments of weakness where you're questioning if maybe you deserve what's being thrown at you. Maybe its karma. Chances are its not life punishing you, but the thought has passed through almost everyone's mind at some point.
Another song that I really wanted to highlight was, "Wow, I Hate This Song", because first of all, the title made me laugh. Prior to listening to it, I pictured Bert McCracken writing an untitled song, looking at it, stating that he hated the song, and then proceeding to write it on the page. And then someone took him seriously. After listening to it, I realized that was absolutely not the case, but it was still an amusing mental image for me. The song actually is more about life, but comparing it to an annoying song on the radio that somehow still gets stuck in your head. As someone who finds a way to connect music to literally every aspect of my life, I greatly appreciated this song. Especially the, "Holy fuck, I hate this song." sentiment. Its very genuine, and we've all felt that before.
Congratulations are in order for The Used for making yet another wonderful album, I respect it and will keep listening to it to see how much it grows on me. Who knows, it might just become my next favorite thing. We shall see. For anyone interested, you can listen to Heartwork basically wherever music is available. Amazon, iTunes, Spotify, YouTube, Pandora, you know the drill with all that good stuff. Head on over to your favorite one and their official website to see all their merch that's currently available.
It is also worth mention that The Used is also doing something very special right now, just to shed some light on those making a difference in this incredibly difficult time. They are putting together a music video for "The Lighthouse",which is a track I did not bring up in this review. They are asking fans to submit videos of doctors, nurses, grocery workers. Anyone who's putting their lives on the line right now for everyone. You can only do this until April 28, so get your videos submitted now before its too late. You can do this through Google Docs, just click here for the form and further information. Stay safe, everyone! We'll get through this.
While gathering suggestions for the 2020 Immortal Music Awards, I had a few people nominate Yungblud's The Underrated Youth EP for the best album of 2019. I was actually really surprised by this, due to the fact that I actually thought he was a rapper. I've never really had a big rap community through my page, perhaps because I'm not typically a fan, so this idea completely threw me for a loop. I looked him up, and realized he's not a rapper, but is identified as alternative rock, with a touch of hip hop.
Due to the nominations, I decided to give him a shot. He kind of reminds me a little bit of Twenty One Pilots, that sort of hard to define style that's catchy, but most definitely not for everyone. The way I felt about this was its perfect for turning on as background music. I don't think I'd personally turn it on just to sit there and rock out to it, but I could see me turning this on as I cleaned the house or something, you know what I mean? Like it could motivate you to get up and do something just with the tone of it all.
I will say though, "Original Me" actually held my attention more. Its a very introspective song, and seems to touch a bit on anxiety and your own self image. It also kind of gives me more of a pop punk vibe through parts of it. This one also features Dan Reynolds of Imagine Dragons, which I think added a really nice touch to the song.
Another one threw a bit of a curve ball for me, as it was slower and more heart felt sounding than anything else I had heard from him thus far, was "Casual Sabotage." This one was much deeper right off the bat, sounds like it was written after a break up, and you're just questioning everything. Life feels different, you're left alone just with your own perception of things, and are scared of what's going to happen next.
Then there is what is basically the title track, and what seems to be one of his most popular songs, "Hope For The Underrated Youth." Its a call out to everyone who's just writing off those who are different. I think a lot of people will really connect with this one because it reminds them they're not alone, and there's other people a lot like them out there.
I can actually see why people nominated this one. Every track seemed to have a different tone to it, and frankly, his work feels rather unique. I definitely should have given him a shot sooner, and perhaps he'll grow on me further. I was completely wrong about his genre, let alone artistic take on it. If you're a fan of his, leave some suggestions for songs not on the EP, perhaps I'll give it more of a chance.
While we're at it, be sure to head on over to his official website. Due to Covid-19, obviously he is not touring right now, but tentatively does have shows listed in the UK for the end of May, as well as a bunch of merch available for sale. It is also worth reminding that this EP is up for the best album of 2019 through the Immortal Music Awards, so if you feel like this one should win, go vote for it! You can do so by clicking here, and while you're there leave your suggestions for several other categories as well.
On August 9, 2019, the iconic heavy metal band, Slipknot released their sixth studio album, We are Not Your Kind. Now I've actually meant to listen to this ever since it was released, I never actually forgot about it, but for some reason it kept slipping past me.
I finally got around to actually checking it out especially after someone suggested it as the best album of 2019 for the 2020 Immortal Music Awards. While beginning some research for this album, I learned that the title actually comes from a stand alone song called "All Out Life" that came out in 2018, but was on the Japanese version of this album. I had not put two and two together, despite hearing the song at some point between the release of the song and now.
Slipknot is one of those bands that I completely respect, but only seem to listen to when I'm in a certain mindset. Generally, that mindset involves anger, no surprise there. They're an iconic band, and call me basic, but they're never something I'm particularly drawn to. The only songs I find myself ever turning on randomly are their singles, the calling cards for Slipknot. I can't say I dislike them, like I won't tell someone to turn them off, but they're not exactly my cup of tea. I have no reason for this, they're very well produced, styled, their lyrics are decent, they just don't over all speak to me.
I almost didn't want to post this review, because I know it was extremely well reviewed. But if I'm perfectly honest, it didn't really stand out for me. It kind of felt like everything else Slipknot has ever made before, which is fantastic, if you happen to enjoy most everything Slipknot has ever made. But as I just said, I don't absolutely love it. Don't hate any of it, but don't love most of it either. They just don't speak to me really, no offense to anyone who does love them. I can see why people do, but there's just not a strong connection for me.
With all that said, I didn't hate this album. It was worth a listen, and there were a couple tracks that I found myself nodding along to, actually enjoying. But I also found myself feeling a little bored through a lot of it as well. The songs that I felt stood out were, "Nero Forte" and "Red Flag." Both had similar meanings, I would say.
"Nero Forte" is a direct call out to those who are trying to tear you down, and is just straight up pointing out that they're not going to do better than that. The worst they can do to you is speak ill of you, and you're going to just keep doing what's best for you.
"Red Flag" almost goes with it in a way. Its basically just saying you're not letting someone hold you back, that this is your time and you're cutting them out.
I don't know, its not a bad album by any means, but it really just didn't stand out as something incredible to me. I heard so much hype for it, I fully expected more. Maybe if I give it a few more listens, it'll grow on me and I'll randomly love it later on. Its happened before, it could definitely happen again.
Let me know what you think of the album, and be sure to submit your favorites for 2019 for the Immortal Music Awards!
On April 3, 2020, All Time Low released their eighth studio album, Wake Up Sunshine. I don't think this could have come at a better time, especially given the name. This is truly a welcomed bright spot in today's world.
To recap, they released the first single, "Some Kind Of Disaster" with a music video in January of this year and slowly released a handful of other songs between then and now. "Sleeping In", "Trouble Is", "Melancholy Kaledescope," and most recently, the title track. This album had me extremely excited because I was into it from the first couple of verses of "Some Kind Of Disaster."
Curiosity built very quickly for Wake Up Sunshine as the singles were released, the only one I didn't love was "Melancholy Kaledescope", and even that I have no doubt will grow on me over time. I didn't care for their last album, Last Young Renegade, which even front man Alex Gaskarth said was an offshoot from their usual sound. This feels like a slightly more mature version of the All Time Low we all have already known and loved for the past fifteen years.
If you're looking for that classic All Time Low sound, I'd say you're not going to love this album. I'd say only a couple of the songs have their true sound, such as "Sleeping In." But if you're in it for stories of growth and love, with a touch of their classic style, you'll be happy. There's a lot of of lyrical depth in this one, you can really tell something very personal inspired almost every sound. Given the name of the album, I was actually pleasantly surprised with what this album presented me with. I was actually expecting a lot of light hearted fun stuff, but the title is actually semi deceiving.
There's still some bright spots, such as "Favorite Place", featuring The Band Camino. That one is an absolutely adorable love song that I have no doubt will become the song many couples deem "their song." "So, can we close the space between us now? It's the distance we don't need. Yeah, you're everything I love about the things I hate in me. So come on, come on, come over now and fix me with your grace. 'Cause I'm not too far and you're my favorite place."
I honestly could say something about every song on the album, there wasn't a single song I disliked really. Even the ones I didn't find myself really into, I know will grow on me. This whole album tells the story of love, depression, growing apart, and learning to deal. You can tell that there was a real story behind every single song, none of it was a work of fiction.
I was trying to figure out a song to give honorable mentions to, but honestly, I'm having a hard time picking just one. "Basement Noise", though somewhat simplistic, and not something I find myself turning on randomly, really took everyone back to the early days of All Time Low. Back when they were just kids playing music in the basement. Just learning, just growing, just becoming who we all know today. I will say this is probably is my least favorite song on the album, but I appreciate the story it tells.
I sat here for a good ten minutes trying to pick a favorite, and honestly, I couldn't pick one. Ask me again in a couple weeks, because right now, I don't know. I'm appreciative of the entire album, and am most familiar with the first five songs because they were already out prior to the release of the album.
Hopefully this album gives someone some comfort, or a bright spot, or something. We all know these are trying times, and everyone needs a bright spot. Go check out the album, its available now wherever music is sold, Spotify and YouTube. Also, if you're feeling into it, go check out All Time Low's official website. Obviously they are unable to tour right now, but they have a ton of merch for Wake Up Sunshine, and will be hitting the road as soon as they're allowed.
Hey, self isolation, how are ya? With all the events going on in the world, I'm sure I don't need to tell you that things are very overwhelming and I think we all can agree that the cabin fever is entirely real. I'm currently on day ten of this, and have been absolutely climbing the walls, going completely insane. With that, and no set end in sight, I'm trying to do all that I can to keep myself occupied. With that, I keep telling myself now is the perfect time to check out some bands that I have been meaning to listen to but just haven't gotten around to it. And if I'm doing that, might as well actually review what I find, right?
I decided to start with Hands Like Houses, as a friend showed me a song or two from them while on a road trip last month. I don't remember the song he showed me, and definitely don't recall the album it was on, but I know I liked what I heard. So, I did listen to a few songs on YouTube before looking into albums, and made a discovery. At some point I downloaded their 2013 album, Unimagine. I don't remember doing this, I assume I got it with the intentions to review it but never did. Or at least, if I did, I can't find it now. I was actually going to start with their newer songs, as I know that's what I heard on YouTube recently, but since I already have this album, might as well start there, right?
So, my discoveries showed that it was released on July 23,2013, and apparently they debuted the first single, "Introduced Species" whilst on tour with Pierce The Veil and Woe, Is Me. Its a very catchy song, so choosing to debut that live probably was a smart move. I could see this one being a great one to get the crowd moving and hyped up.
What I discovered while listening to this first album at least was I like their sound, but I didn't find their lyrics to have a ton of depth. Or at least, they didn't hit on a personal level for myself anyway. A few songs did stand out though.
"Weight" was pretty powerful however. Its all about feeling burned out, and overwhelmed, but trying to come back from it all. You feel the weight of the world, but you're not losing hope.
"Shapeshifters" actually is very sweet, and meant to be a love letter of sorts. Just speaking to someone close to them, more or less saying you can face everything together. "If I'm the ship you're the shore. If I'm the solider, you're the war. If I'm the soil, then you're the seed. If I'm the puzzle, you're the piece that completes the picture. The safety in the storm, the color of the rising dawn as the mountains kiss her. We will be unbreakable." Its actually rather poetic.
Over all, I honestly did enjoy the album, I can easily find myself turning it back on, but I really don't feel like it had a lot to it. It feels like a very solid first album, but I'm interested to see how much they've grown since then. Stay tuned, I'll probably be looking into them further over the coming weeks.
Meanwhile, Hands Like Houses have a brand new song called Headrush out now and do have some upcoming tour dates that are still scheduled as far as I'm aware. Check out "Headrush" on YouTube by clicking here, and check out all their upcoming tour dates on their official website.
Also, we're trying to get more active on the Facebook page, so please be sure to follow us over there, and leave suggestions on bands or albums you enjoy! I have a lot of time on my hands right now, and am hoping to motivate myself to use this time wisely, and get back to a level I once was with Immortal Music. Hope you all are holding up alright. Please stay safe!
On February 22 of this year, The Word Alive released their sixth studio album, Monomania. I actually pre-ordered this album, and have been very interested ever since the title track was released. However, adulting gets in the way, and while this album stayed at the front of my mind, I am only just now getting a chance to do a review for it. Better late than never, right? That's what I'm telling myself, anyway.
Anywho, so I listened to "Monomania" as an attempt to prep to see them live with Escape The Fate and Falling In Reverse. I listened to most of their discography, and reviewed two of their albums in preparation. If you want to check those out, you can do so by clicking here and here. In order, those are Real and Dark Matter, for those interested.
Now, I admit, I have not loved everything I've heard from The Word Alive. I haven't out right hated any of it, but very few songs have been something that really held my attention. Every album had at least one song I could leave behind, but this one was shaping up to be a bit different. Out of the three singles released, "Monomania", "Burning Your World Down" and "No Way Out", I loved all three. I have found myself playing all three songs daily for several weeks now, so of course I was extremely curious for the new album.
I could see this album growing on me fully, but for now I will say I didn't feel particularly attached to most of it. The singles still held my attention the most, though I definitely can see a lot went into this album. I feel like writing the lyrics for it was rather therapeutic, and that's something I certainly support. Some of the album hit on a personal level for me, as this one clearly was written while recovering from a break up. You see a lot of the stages that come with recovery, grief, anger, regret, ect. Its powerful, don't get me wrong, and style wise, I love it.
Song wise, only a couple really stood out to me, for now that is. That would be "Thank You", and "Greatest Almost."
"Greatest Almost" is clearly reflecting on a relationship that's ended, and seeing that you were being blamed for how it all ended, just to realize it wasn't all on you. Its when you reach the point where some memories still sting, but you're done missing that person. You're finally able to deal with it all and finally move on. Then you're getting some of the clarity you needed. "And all the time that I wasted feels so long ago, I'm so glad that I faced it. Lesson learned, won't change it. Sometimes our hearts get the best of it. Sometimes we chase the lust, and it gets the best of us."
Now as for, "Thank You." In essence, its basically a "fuck you" to anyone who's trying to tear them down. But instead of actually saying that, you're thanking them for basically just adding fuel to the fire. The style they chose for this is really powerful, and I have no doubt its the type of song a lot of people could use to hype themselves up in many situations.
Over all, I do think the album is worth your time. Go get Monomania wherever music is sold, or stream it on Spotify. They just got off tour with Falling In Reverse and Escape The Fate, but will be heading back out on the road this summer with Starset. For more information, head on over to their official website!
On March 18, 2016, The Word Alive released their fourth album, Dark Matter, and it was actually co-produced by Matt Good,formerly of From First To Last And D.R.U.G.S. I found that to be an interesting fact just because I enjoy his work.
At the time of release, Tyler Smith said that this was some of their most in-depth writing and recording ever, causing it to be their most dynamic and expansive album to date. "This record completely defines and expresses who we are, and where we are going, taking the listener to the darkest and most honest places our band has dared to venture." I can't help but wonder if they still feel the same way about the album, given the fact that close to four years have now passed since the release of this album.
That being said, I think most people who listen to this album will take something to heart from it. I absolutely imagine that this was incredibly therapeutic to write, and I have no doubt a lot was going on at the time. The entire album speaks of your usual struggles that we all go through, whether its not feeling good enough, feeling lost, or looking back on lost love, this album has a bit of all of it.
One of the songs that stood out the most to me was "Face to Face", which actually has one of the most powerful lines I've heard in quite some time. "I hope you always remember that you were the sacrifice that gave me a better life." Honestly, that's probably one of the classiest ways to tell someone you're better off without them, and essentially "fuck you", that I have ever heard. You know the lyric is good when you hear it, and just sit there going, "Damn", just saying.
The other one I really wanted to bring attention to was "Insane." Given the name, I was expecting something really heavy, kind of hateful, and probably geared toward another person. What I was met with was anything but that and actually really surprised me. Instead, it was a bit reminiscent of an ideal brought up in Alice In Wonderland. That all good people are insane in some way. Though they worded it more poetically by saying everyone's insane in their own beautiful way, and that it can be used for good. "Now let our voices be the change, so we don't all end up the same. I can't help but feel this way. Let's raise our flags to the new age. We're all insane, in a beautiful way. We won't change until the tide comes, and pulls us all away." I absolutely loved this song, I was very, very surprised.
I definitely see a progression happening with their work. As I previously stated, I have heard most of their early work, but none of the newer stuff. Somewhat recently I did a review of their previous album, Real and decided I wanted to hear more of their work. I see a slow progression with their style that I quite like. Who knows if that'll reign true from now, but I will say I am loving what I've heard so far for Monomania which comes out on the 21st of this month. Stay tuned, I plan on doing reviews for that and the most recent album, Violent Noise very soon.
For anyone interested, you also can catch The Word Alive on tour with Falling In Reverse and Escape The Fate, starting in just a couple days. That will be on February 8, and we will be at the February 12th date in Fort Lauderdale, FL. Tickets are on sale now, and you can get them on their official website now. While you're there, you can also pre-order Monomania, which we highly recommend doing.
While you're at all of this, please go ahead and let us know what your favorite songs from The Word Alive are, and we will speak to you very soon.
On February 8, The Word Alive is embarking on tour with Falling In Reverse and Escape The Fate, and Immortal Music is actually going to one of the first stops on that tour. We'll be at the February 12 date in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, and something dawned on me. I have never really listened to The Word Alive very much. I have only heard their first two albums, Deceiver and Life Cycles, and even then I've never really gotten into them. So, in light of the fact that I will be seeing them live in just a couple more weeks, I felt it was only fitting to go through their discography and get to know them just a little bit more.
With that, felt it was only fitting to start with the first album to be released that I was unfamiliar with, Real. Real is their third studio album, and was released on June 10, 2014, and I was honestly wondering why I never reviewed this or any of their early work. I was also wondering why I was not interested in them much, despite knowing who they are basically since they began. Listening to this album, while I did discover some songs I genuinely liked, I did discover why that was.
They, at least on this album, were very heavy with the screaming, and its only been in recent months really that I've been into that. Back when this came out, and prior, if it was mostly screaming, chances are- I was not going to like it much. Not because I didn't understand them, or didn't like the style, I just preferred a balance of singing and screaming. I still do actually, but I have gotten somewhat recently where I've felt a pull toward some of the heavier screaming. Maybe that's some pent up aggression, or something. I don't know, maybe its not even that deep, and its just because tastes change.
A couple of the songs that stood out the most to me were, "Broken Circuit", "Lighthouse" and "Glass Castle." All three, I might add, would be incredible live. Or at least, I imagine so, I picture a lot of mosh pits for those, so you will catch me watching that from a safe distance.
"Broken Circuit" and "Glass Castle" have very similar vibes to me. Very much so the type of song you turn on when you're just trying to take the day, and are determined to take shit from no one. Making it perfectly known that you're not going to give up, just because someone else was trying to beat you down. I particularly loved the one line in "Glass Castle", because it perfectly depicts how some people do treat you. "Have you had enough of me? You act like I'm something you can throw away."
Give them hell, kids.
As for "Lighthouse", I can guarantee you some people will find it totally cliche', but I am a big fan of most inspirational songs. I really like how this one is not personalized to Tyler Smith, but instead includes any person that's listening. "We will shine on." I am picturing this live, and just thinking it will be completely beautiful to hear a thousands of people singing something like that.
Over all, I think this is a decent album, and I could see how someone would love it. I don't think its going to be something I find myself listening to in full often, if ever though. Its possible though that I might turn on a handful of songs here and there though. Stay tuned because I do plan on reviewing their other two albums, Dark Matter and Violent Noise. I also probably will review Monomania once it comes out on February 21 as well, as I am fully curious about that one. So far I've liked both songs that have been released.
If you're interested in pre-ordering the album, or seeing them on The Drug In Me is Gold tour with Falling In Reverse and Escape The Fate, head on over to their official website. Please comment down below or over on our Facebook page with your favorite songs from this album, or any of their work for that matter. I look forward to hearing from you and I will be back soon with another review.
On November 8, 2019, All Time Low released a completely revamped version of their 2009 hit album, Nothing Personal. To celebrate the ten year anniversary, they wanted to revisit it all and update it in the mind sets they are now, with a new style. I was incredibly excited for this, as that was the first album to be released after I discovered them. My first song from them was "Poppin' Champange", if that tells you how long I've been a fan of these guys. They made an interesting first impression, I might add.
From day one, I've always loved "Weightless", "Lost In Stereo" and "Damned if I do Ya, Damned if I Don't." But as I got older, I also loved A Party Song, Therapy, Walls. I frankly did not understand how sexual A Party Song was in 2009, and it amuses me so much to this day. Ah, the innocence, its something unique.
I woke up this morning to a message from a friend gushing over the album, so I hopped onto iTunes and bought it up immediately to do a review. Barely even spoke to my mother first -sorry, mom. The hype was too real. I was a little unsure how I would feel about this album, as I actually didn't love Last Young Renegade. I didn't hate it, and there were a few songs I did enjoy, but it wasn't exactly my cup of tea.
What I was met with was interesting, because when you've been listening to these songs for ten years, you're used to that particular sound. So anything else is weird and different, almost jarring. I think most of it is going to grow on me, as I don't dislike any of it at all, but it fresh so its an adjustment.
What I will say though is what I absolutely loved, and that was "Weightless." That has been one of my favorite songs ever since the original came out, and this version is so similar to how they do it live. It borderline gave me chills, which is not something I get often. I love the vocal style Alex took through the entire album, over all the music as well. It all flowed very well, and was extremely well produced.
Ironically though, the one I was the most excited to hear didn't actually do it for me. I was most excited for "Lost In Stereo", because of the screams teased in the trailer. All Time Low will include the screaming once in a while in concert, so I was intrigued to realize it was included on the album, but in reality it felt slightly random for the most part. I think it was because the tempo was still on the pop side, not the heavier side. It felt really out of place, except in the chorus. So that surprised me, I fully expected to love that.
Another thing I really loved was something incredibly minor, but I like that they didn't censor themselves in "A Party Song (A Walk of Shame)." In the original song, the lyric says, "Nothing more than a casual folk." Which obviously implies a casual fuck. In this version, he actually says it correctly. Its a small thing, but that made me happy. I'm sure they were told to censor it back in the day, and were not told to do the same this time.
I honestly could keep going on and on, and I guess that comes from being a fan of the band for the last eleven or so years. I might actually elaborate a little more over in the blog section, when I talk about the documentary they uploaded onto YouTube. But the last thing I wanted to actually talk about was "Therapy."
The fact that they managed to take an already incredibly deep and emotional song, and make it even deeper astounds me. I immediately picture that live and know there will not be a single person in the venue not in tears. Its powerful, and beautiful.
All Time Low, incredible job, I applaud you on this. You can tell it came from the heart, and that you just wanted to revisit it for the fun of it. Its a very cool concept, more bands should do the same.
If you're interested, it is available everywhere music is available, including iTunes, Spotify, Apple Music, Amazon Music, and more. They're also performing the album in full at several sold out locations next month, and have some merch special for the album. Its all on pre-order now over on their website. Go check it out, and let me know what you think about the album. Do you like the changes? Or do you wish they would have never done this? Let us know down below, or over on Facebook.
If you want to hear a random story and me ramble as I watched the documentary that went with the album, please click here. I had a really good time watching and writing, and it kind of brought me back to why I started this in the first place.
On October 25, 2019, Saint Asonia released their sophomore album, Flawed Design. This album was so long waited that fans were beginning to get skeptical if it was ever going to be released. A lot of things were the cause of this, including front man Adam Gontier going back to rehab for drugs and alcohol, as well as him having a newborn son.
He spoke up about this regarding one of the singles released just prior to the album's release, "This August Day." He did not go into details about the drugs, but given his past, its safe to assume it was a prescription drug, Oxycontin. He actually said he was unfortunately across the country dealing with the recovery process at the time of his son's birth.
I admit, hearing this information, while I felt horrible he had to go through that, it did bring up some hope. If you've been around for a while, or just know me, you know Three Days Grace when Adam was in the band, was my absolute favorite. They're the whole reason I got into rock music, so I was extremely excited when Saint Asonia came on the scene.
However, despite what I said at the time of the album's release, I was not the biggest fan of the first album. I hardly ever find myself turning on anything from that album, and frankly felt like it was all a complaint about the departure of Three Days Grace. I looked back at the review, and I spoke highly of it then, but the album had only been out one day. Its been four years now, and frankly I'm over it. I honestly think I only spoke highly of it out of excitement and it was in the middle of a very busy time for Immortal Music, so I may have rushed a bit.
Because of all this, I was a bit leery of this album. Hearing that there had been some turmoil that had happened, gave me some hope that the song writing would improve. That being said, I wasn't impressed with the first single, "The Hunted", it just didn't hold my attention. Nothing about it stood out to me at all. There was absolutely nothing special about it, not even that it features Sully Erna from Godsmack.
I solidly procrastinated on listening to this album, hence why its been out four days and its been open on my laptop this entire time, yet you're only just now hearing about it from me. I went in not expecting great things, which frankly I felt horrible about. I wanted to love this album, but I just have to be blunt here -this is not a great album at all.
They tried, I can see the effort through out the album, but frankly the only song I think I truly liked was "Beast." ITs about holding on and staying strong even when the beast inside is trying to get you down. I presume that 'the beast' is referring to anxiety or depression, but it also could be referring to the drug addiction. I could see me turning that one on from time to time, but there is one thing that carried through the entire album that really stood out to me.
The production of the album was so inconsistent, and frankly sloppy. I don't quite understand it, because it was not self produced, and even if it had been, I know Adam Gontier at least is capable of decent production. He released some solo work while in between the two bands that was crisp, and very well done.
One song in particular really showcased an example of that, and that was, "Sirens." "Sirens" features Within Temptation's front person, Sharon den Adel, which was a nice surprise I admit. You don't see her featured in much. But you get up to the first chorus and it sounds like the instrumentals are above the vocals, and it all feels drowned out. Then after the first chorus, it gets much clearer and I just can't help but wonder how that wasn't caught before it was released. Though that at least did have a stand out lyric, "Another brick in the wall, we were born to resist it if it falls. Come with me, we will rise."
Over all, I'm really sorry to say but this is one of the most disappointing albums I've heard in a while. I really wanted to like it, I wanted to be pleasantly surprised. But unfortunately, this just did not cut it in any way for me.
What do you guys think? Do you feel like they nailed it? Or are you with me on thinking they came close to doing well, but still missed the mark. Please let me know in the comments, or over on the Facebook page.
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