Silverstein “A Beautiful Place to Drown” Review – 20 Years of Greatness

For a band to have longevity spanning two decades is a rarity. Luckily for us, the legendary Silverstein has persisted for 20 years now. The real kicker? They have been consistent the entire time, with not a weak album under their belt.

Silverstein’s newest effort, A Different Place to Drown, is no exception; in fact, it has some of their best moments yet. Combining poppy choruses with refined post-hardcore instrumentation makes each song single-worthy.

On top of that, this album is CHOCK full of features: Intervals’ guitarwork on “Bad Habits”, Beartooth’s Caleb Shomo sing/screaming on “Burn it Down”, Underoath’s Aaron Gillespie on “Infinite”, Princess Nokia rapping on “Madness”, and Simple Plan’s Pierre Bouvier on “Take What You Give”. To say this album is stacked is an understatement.

The variety on display with this album is enthralling. “Burn It Down” features a Beartooth member and sounds like it’d fit right at home on a Beartooth record, whereas “All on Me” is a ballad complete with autotune and saxophone. And to incorporate a blossoming rapper within a genre they’re not accustomed to is a risk that pays off.

UNFD, known for incredible bands like Northlane, Architects, and Silent Planet, made the right call adding Silverstein to their roster, cementing their status as one of the premier heavy labels to be a part of.

As one of the pioneering bands in contemporary post-hardcore, the band has grown from its roots and expanded on their sound to craft truly memorable records. Whether it be A Shipwreck in the Sand or This is How the Wind Shifts, the band’s “deep cuts” are, in actuality, quite strong on their own.

A Beautiful Place to Drown is hardly a continuation – it’s a celebration of 20 years of success from one of the most persistent, dedicated artists this millennium. This is an album any Silverstein fan would love, and a great re-entry point for those who haven’t listened in years.

***A review copy of A Beautiful Place to Drown was provided by UNFD.

 

Silverstein’s new single “Bad Habits” is a total mid-2000’s throwback, also features Intervals guitarist Aaron Marshall

Few bands of the early-2000’s post-hardcore scene can claim they’ve had the kind of longevity Silverstein currently possess. Multiple high-charting albums, a willingness to experiment while still maintaining a distinct sound, and a solid approach to songwriting have served the band well over the years. It’s with all that info being taken into account that the band’s new single, “Bad Habits”, isn’t necessarily breaking a ton of new musical ground. It probably could have been pulled from any of their first 3-4 records, in all honesty.

However, the song does feature a ripping guitar solo from someone you might not expect – Aaron Marshall of Intervals. That alone makes the song immediately compelling to listen to, so give it a spin below.

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Photo Review: The Get Free Tour Orlando, FL – February 12, 2018

Recently our photojournalist Savannah Rowley attended The Get Free Tour in Orlando, FL featuring bands Silverstein, Tonight Alive, Broadside and Picturesque. Each band brought amazing energy to the stage that kept the crowd rowdy and full of energy.

First up was the band Picturesque originating from Lexington, KY. Led by vocalist Kyle Hollis, the band started off the night with some post-hardcore jams such as “Waiting” and “Speak Softly.” Their most recent record, Back To Beautiful, was released on Equal Vision Records in 2017.

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Interview: Silverstein’s Shane Told discusses “Dead Reflection”, running a popular podcast

Fifteen plus years into the band’s career, post-hardcore veterans Silverstein just aren’t letting up at all, both in relative heaviness as well as general quality. While bands they’ve toured with are either not as relevant or just aren’t around anymore, the quality of even Silverstein’s recent discography is something to truly behold. Their new album Dead Reflection carries on that tradition, being both punchy and pensive, usually simultaneously.

We talked to Silverstein vocalist Shane Told about the band’s new album, their anniversary tour for Discovering The Waterfront, and even his podcast, Lead Singer Syndrome (a recent episode with Jamey Jasta of Hatebreed, you can find below). Check it out.

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