Review : Silverstein - Rescue
AbsolutepunkSilverstein may not be as popular as they should be, but for over ten years they've been releasing fairly consistent albums (with the exception of the misstep that was most of Arrivals & Departures) that have credited them with a loyal following. December of last year, they started a new chapter of their careers, releasing the EP Transitions through their new record company Hopeless. It was an exciting release, despite offering nothing all that new. With Rescue, the band certainly continues with the consistency, however they've completely redefined their sound, implementing elements from all of their previous works to create perhaps their finest achievement as a band.
"Medication" is exactly what you'd expect in a Silverstein opener, starting off with a lengthy intro before dissolving into a fast-paced and hard-hitting track, filled with wonderful guitar work (especially in the chorus) and great vocal work from Shane Told. "Intervention" is one of the biggest highlights, featuring some of the tightest musicianship the band has ever offered. In fact, a lot of the stuff found here is tighter than any of their previous work. It flows a lot better without necessarily flowing to the point where each track crashes into each other.
"Texas Mickey" features Anthony Raneri of Bayside, and the contrast in vocals is absolutely wonderful. "The Artist" plays a lot like "Born Dead", steering more in a punk direction. It's a fun and fist-pumping track. "Burning Hearts" includes a short guitar solo and feels a lot like a solid rock song, but instead of coming off as cheap and misplaced, it stands on its own. It's a great, accessible, radio-friendly song that's catchy as hell....full text
GetanearectionBecoming a staple in the diet of any post-hardcore fan, Silverstein have returned with their fifth studio full-length, Rescue. Finally off Victory, it's time for them to hit the scene hard and get the recognition they've needed for years now. It fills all the necessities and expectations of a post-hardcore record: melodic chorus', gruff breakdowns, and adorable clean sections. But what has always set Silverstein apart since day one has been their punk and hardcore influences (on the re-release of Discovering The Waterfront, they covered Lifetime's "Rodeo Clown"), and Rescue sees this take charge a lot more. Coupling the signature sound they've developed with their punk background, Rescue is a full palette of beautiful colors, waiting to be painted on your ears.
Covering all their bases, "Forget Your Heart" and "Intervention" have the structure and dynamic of Silverstein songs you've been hearing since When Broken is Easily Fixed. Clean lines with a tinge of reverb and chorus, chunky, mid-2000s metalcore riffs, and the dichotomy of the sing/scream dynamic executed with precision. What "Intervention" brings to the table, along with "Medication" and "Burning Hearts," is the classic, fast punk d-beat to the rhythm section. It pushes the verses on at a quick tempo that requires a heavy amount of head bobbing, and perhaps a bit of air drumming. This direct punk influence laces into many of the sections flawlessly like Silverstein has never done before. The songwriting and transitions are the best they've had thus far.
Beyond the punk influence, "The Artist" plays out like a new-age hardcore track and features Brendon Murphy of Counterparts. On the harder edge of things, the intro to "Live to Kill" screams "We live to kill each other. We are the wealthy and the poor" completely a'capella that gives the opening some serious energy to feed off of. The dynamics are played well throughout by not clustering the melodic and harder songer together, but spreading them out giving it a roller coaster feel....full text
HeartbeatmediaSilverstein steigen gleich mit rasantem Tempo in das neue Album “Rescue” ein. Nach einem kurzen melancholischen Intro in Silverstein-Manier geht die Post ab. Shane Todds Stimme sticht dabei wie immer heraus. Mal klar, mal geshoutet, mal geschrien, es passt einfach immer. Auch dass der erste Song gegen Ende immer leiser wird kennen wir ja schon. Der Unterschied zu anderen Bands ist einfach, dass es bei Silverstein nie langweilig wird. Schön zu hören ist auch, dass die Jungs die gesteigerte Härte, die schon beim letzten Album “A Shipwreck In The Sand” aufgefallen ist, weiterführen. Im zweiten Song “Sacrifice” passiert es dann das erste Mal: Silverstein hauen einen Breakdown raus. Und was für einen! Ganz grosses Kino! Mit “Forget Your Heart” werden dann etwas ruhigere Töne angeschlagen. Hier herrschen dafür wieder grosse Gefühle vor und die für Silverstein so typischen Singalongs (die wohl jeder Silverstein-Fan liebt) kommen zum Vorschein....full text
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