Sound — 9
On Bayside's fourth album, Bayside, their sound becomes more defined, to the point someone could say "hey, that's Bayside". The vocals of Anthony Raneri are long and broady, and are given a little chime when lead guitarist Jack O'Shea comes in. These guys have some cool melodies, like on "Devotion And Desire". That song as well as "Half A Life" have cool solos, thanks to Jack O'Shea. Deceased drummer John "Beatz" Holohan's beats are really cool. They set the mood sometimes, instead of the guitar or the vocals. They sort of sound like My Chemical Romance meets, no one. They sound like Bayside, and nothing else.
Lyrics — 8
Anthont Reneri's lyrics are despairful and hate filled, but have some lyrically bright spots. They fit real good with the rest of the song; if the words are hate sopping, the guitars are in a slow chugging minor chord progression; and the same theory if words are happy, mad, or what ever.
Overall Impression — 9
Bayside sounds like Bayside. The sound is so unique that even the it's somesort of alternative rock, thing, the vocals will make you think opera sometimes, and the drums make you think Fall Out Boy. The best song are definetely "Devotion And Desire", "Tortures Of The Damned", "Don't Call Me Peanut" and "Half A Life". If you want to hear a song to get a sample of their sound, try those on for size. I love all the guitar melodies and solos, as well as John's awesome beat and Anthony's vocal work. I love this CD. If you want a unique break from screaming, shredding, and crap like Fall Out Boy, try Bayside. It kicks.