Silverstein – Dead Reflection

Dead Reflection is the eighth full length album from Silverstein, and is due for release on 14th July via Rise Records.

Launching right into their new album, Silverstein immediately grab the listener’s attention with a catchy riff in opening track Last Looks, which combines heavy rock and post hardcore. Last Looks clearly takes influences from A Day To Remember‘s latest album Bad Vibrations, which has moved away from the pop punk genre and more towards post hardcore, incorporating some elements of metalcore. Following this, Retrograde takes much of the same sound. Another riff centric piece that grows into something heavier, Retrograde introduces the listener into a heavier, deeper side of Silverstein than previously seen.

The album changes again in track three, Lost Positives. The chorus has more of a spaced out feel to it, following from the heaviest riff seen so far in Dead Reflection. To achieve this, the production on this album has been done to perfection, each instrument has a place in the balance of the mix and can be heard even on tiny speakers.

The first track that really interrupts the flow is Ghost, which is not a bad thing. After three tracks that meld flawlessly into each other, the listener is suddenly jarred to attention for Ghost. With a traditionally more metal riff, the post hardcore vocals come as a surprise. The chorus, is of course, spaced out with half time drums, which seems to be Silverstein‘s signature for Dead Reflection.

Aquamarine starts out by sounding more pop punk but moves into something post punk, and actually sounds like Yellowcard for the first half. When the bridge arrives, the instruments get heavier, and the vocals more heated, showing the musical talents of the group. However, the chorus goes back to the post punk sound after the bridge. The heated vocals sound like Frank Carter, and make lead singer Shane Todd sound completely different. This vocal style is repeated later in the album in Demons.

The first slow track on Dead Reflection is Mirror Box, which embraces the post hardcore genre, whilst still maintaining an almost ballad like feel to the majority of the song. It’s a song that lyrically a lot of people will probably relate to as they talk about lost love, and is the first truly different track on the album as it’s not solely based around a riff.

The second half of the album sounds a little boring as the songs channel much of the same vibe as the first few tracks, there’s nothing very new at this point. Fans of Silverstein will enjoy the album, but the casual listener will probably get bored. It begins to pick up again at Whiplash, which is the first track in many with a different riff distinguishable from the rest of the guitars. However by this point, the album is almost over the casual listener has probably already started doing something else.

Finally, Wake Up is the first truly different track on Dead Reflection. It’s one of the few slow tracks, starting with one guitar and soft vocals. Building up through the pre chorus with the introduction of the second guitar and some harmonised vocals, the listener expects a full heavy chorus but doesn’t get one. It’s a song that changes what listeners perceive Silverstein to be.

Overall, Dead Reflection has a few innovative tracks but most of the album feels quite safe, considering content that Silverstein has released before. It would be great to see a lot more variety, we’ve seen Silverstein perform covers on Punk Goes Pop so listeners know they are capable of performing a variety of styles.

Live: The Rise Up Tour – Southampton 10/12/16

The Southampton stop marked the last date of the Rise Records’ Rise Up Tour, featuring bands of the label. Headlined by Memphis May Fire and consisting of four stellar bands in the genre, this tour has been ripping through the UK for the last couple of weeks and tonight it’s time for Southampton to show them a good time. If the line of youths outside is anything to go by, this tour wasn’t one to miss and although the event is on an industrial estate the names on the bill will bring these fans anywhere.

Kicking off the night, Like Moths To Flames launch into the best-received opening set we’ve seen for a while. Ripping through their set, bounding around the stage and inciting the crowd, it isn’t at all apparent that these are merely the starter of the night. [7/10]

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Next up, and easily the heaviest band on the line-up tonight, The Devil Wears Prada take to the stage. Bombarding the crowd with a stellar performance including tracks such as; To The Key Of Everygreen, Born To Lose and Supernova, tonight’s performance was a broad mix from their back catalogue as well as from their newest output; Transit Blues. Jumping around the stage, frontman Mike Hranica seemed to feed the entire set. Proclaiming to the crowd that he was not a Trump supporter, he got an echo of “fuck Trump” back at him. Drawing the set to a close, guitarist Kyle Sipress launched himself into the crowd, straight into a pit and proceeded to finish the last song from there on a sweaty but impressive note. [8/10]

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The next band up have been a major selling point of this tour, Silverstein don’t venture over to the UK all too often and to catch them on a tour like this was too good of an opportunity for many to pass up. Having been a band for so long, it’s a sheer testament to their music that they still generate interest such as they do and the hype before they hit the stage was monumental. Stating that they like to play a mixture of their 102 songs and they like to play fan favourites as well as their own, they do just that. This set is pure bliss with tunes like; Ghost, Vices, Smile In Your Sleep and My Heroine. This set is non-stop gold for the fans, with a pit opening several times and the show getting rowdier. Set closer My Heroine had the biggest sing-a-long of the night with everyone shouting the words back at the band, it was a real throwback affair showing this band may have been around a long time, but they’ve got that staying power. [9/10]

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When at last the lights dimmed for the final time the excitement in the room became almost a buzz. Taking to the stage, Memphis May Fire let off an arsenal of huge songs, it’s a real mixed bag of songs and there’s something for everyone. Alive In The Lights brings out their first scrum of the night, arms and legs fly in the pit and there’s a huge sense of enjoyment emanating from it. Asking the crowd to sing-to-sing it like it’s their own, Miles Away brings out all the feels and the sound of the crowd is huge. The Sinner brings new life to the pit and things get rowdy. Surging with life, the crowd really give this one their all, throwing back with such a classic from MMF’s back catalogue. The encore; Legacy has us all wondering if the night really has to end, it’s one last time for the band to show us why they’ve gotten this far and why they’re going to go even further. It’s the loudest sing-a-long thus far and such a high note to end on. [9/10]

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This show is a real triumph for all bands on the line-up and for Rise Records as a showcase of the talent being cultivated by them.

The Rise Up Tour – Southampton 10/12/16

Silverstein release new song/video ‘Ghost’

Being a veteran band means you always have to come prepared for every musical occasion when you decide to drop a new release. That can be said for Silverstein who have just released a new single titled ‘Ghost‘. Full of strong powerful riffs and an electric chorus, this shows another side of the band you might have yet to see. Check out the song and music video below!

The track is available for purchase on iTunes by clicking HERE.