Silverstein: Rescue

Post-hardcore outfit Silverstein tread off the worn path and into new territory with exciting results.



Label: Hopeless
US Release Date: 2011-04-26
UK Release Date: 2011-04-26
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Anyone under the impression that Canadian post-hardcore outfit Silverstein is a one-trick pony needs look no further than the band's latest release, Rescue. The second half of the album kicks off with the pummeling sound of "The Artist" before the band does their best Rise Against impression with "Burning Hearts" and then transitions to the poppy "Darling Harbour". Other tracks like "Live to Kill" and "Sacrifice" harness Silverstein's Discovering the Waterfront-era screamo sound without feeling as though the band is re-hashing old material.

Perhaps the recent transition from longtime label Victory to their new home at Hopeless has breathed new life into a band that seemed on the brink of becoming mired in all-too-familiar formulas. Sure, Rescue is filled with nods to the band's past work, but this collection of songs feels more ambitious, more expansive in sound and more exciting. "Texas Mickey" captures this revitalization with some of the most beautiful guitar work in Silverstein's catalogue, and the guest vocals from Bayside's Anthony Raneri aren't too shabby either. All the while, Shane Told's sing/scream transitions sound as crisp and effortless as ever.

I'm a firm believer that the final chapter in the book of screamo was written in 2004 when Underoath released They’re Only Chasing Safety. However, a small number of bands has continued to carry that torch in an effort to find places for innovation and elbow room for fresh sounds without coming off as cheesy or hollow. Silverstein is one of those bands, and with Rescue, they've crafted another great record.


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