“Artistic growth” and “progression” can at times be nebulous terms. What does it truly mean to progress and grow as an artist, or as a collective? The answer can often vary wildly depending on the specific artist — yet what is clear is that true progression can be thrilling to witness. A band pushing themselves to new heights, and reaching their full artistic potential, can open new doors in their career that may never before have seemed possible.
Reunion albums can typically go down one of two distinct paths. After years away from releasing music, many bands pick up right where they left off before their breakups, making up for lost time by either returning to their roots, or by continuing to progress the sounds of their most recent material. This is a respectable path, and gives successful bands who may have been gone for several years or more the ability to reconnect with their old fanbase while still pushing themselves artistically. However, once in a while a major band will reunite and go down a very different path. Channeling the members’ changed musical visions and life experiences in their years apart, these bands attempt to redraw the core boundaries of what they stand for artistically and sonically. The resulting works are less reunion albums than they are “reinvention albums”.