Sound — 7
Canadian quintet Silverstein are back with their first EP in over 5 years: Transitions. It marks the band's first release since their 2009 album A Shipwreck in the Sand, and their first since signing to Hopeless Records. At barely 16 minutes in length, Transitions is meant to show the direction the band is taking their signature sound, and while it may not convert any naysayers, Transitions will surely please the band's longtime fans. The EP begins with "Sacrifice", a song most fans will have heard during the band's recent live shows. The song features everything Silverstein: a blend of screaming and singing (there's even a breakdown) that fits perfectly with the group's old and new material. Unfortunately, the same cannot be said for Transitions' next track "Darling Harbour". While it has a catchy, pop-punk feel, it's average at best. "Dancing On My Grave" is the EP's highlight. A track that could easily have come off the fan-favorite "Discovering The Waterfront", the song features plenty of screaming, great guitars, and is simply Silverstein at their best. Next up is an acoustic version of "Replace You": an enjoyable take on the original and a nice change of pace. Transitions finishes off with a cover of Nine Inch Nails' "Wish", and although the band keep the feel of the original song, the track unfortunately falls flat.
Lyrics — 7
With only three new tracks, the lyrics on Transitions don't deter much from the band's previous releases. The band have slowly brought screaming into their sound, something that will please fans who left 2007's "arrivals and Departures" disappointed. The band is still capable of blending screaming and singing almost flawlessly, and while some will find singer Shane Told's voice too (and I loathe to use the word) "emo", it's easy to hear that his voice, as well as his growls, have improved drastically over the years. Overall: an average vocal performance.
Overall Impression — 7
With Transitions, Silverstein have continued to refine their classic sound, keeping the fans happy while staying true to their post-hardcore roots. Two tracks from the EP will be featured on the band's as-of-yet untitled 2011 album, and if this is a sign of things to come, fans can expect another solid effort. Silverstein may be getting a bit boring for some but, to use an old saying: "if it ain't broke, don't fix it".