Sound — 6
When you think about it there really aren't many screamo/post-hardcore bands that continue to put out successful material in this year of 2015. I use the term "screamo" because Toronto, Canada band Silverstein used to be part of that label. But now in 2015, that term has nearly died off. We have bands such as Senses Fail going full on metalcore, The Used going back and forth not knowing what they want their sound to be, and here we have Silverstein, who have basically continued the same sound for years, but expanded it. These guys have released 7 albums throughout their career without including "Short Songs," and released a massively great album in 2013, titled "This Is How the Wind Shifts." And with new guitarist Paul Marc Rosseau on board, we were drawn in with some of the tastiest riffs ever in Silverstein history. It just had a southern feel to it. So let's just say I was expecting a ton with this new release. But with that being said, these guys already left Hopeless Records and on to the one and only Rise Records. Lead single "A Midwestern State of Emergency" caught me off guard in regards to the Rise signing. The first few listens went well, but eventually I felt like this song could have been a "TIHTWS" b-side, and that goes for most of the songs on this album too. I mean, lyrically, and vocally Shane still hasn't lost it, but I feel like the same riffs are being played over and over again.
Lyrics — 8
"The Continual Condition" is not necessarily a song I enjoy, but lyrically it's in the right direction:
"A city drenching me in sin.
Atop these buildings we're both sinking
As we swim in our continual condition.
You found a way inside my head and left me hanging by a thread."
"Late on 6th" is the softest, and most memorable track on the entire album. This, and I believe most of the album was recorded in Toronto. The song just comes off as cheesy in a way:
"When I called your name you didn't hear a sound.
I couldn't feel it then, but I need you now.
I didn't see the rain when it came down.
You didn't feel it then, I wish you'd feel it now.
I stopped when I reached The Edge and yelled as loud as I can
I stopped when I reached The Edge and I yelled it over again
Overall Impression — 6
"Face of the Earth," and "Toronto (Unabridged)" are other highlights of the album, but overall, this seems like an album just continuing in the exact same direction of where the last album left off. That's not totally a bad thing, per say, but it's a stale album to me, and honestly, other than the soft tracks, I feel like these guys could have pulled a well better effort. This band has been around for over a decade, but hopefully they can go back to releasing some solid material, and use Paul Marc Rosseau to their greatest advantage. They had some great ideas on this album, conceptually, so I hope they continue something even bigger and better than this.