Silverstein - Transitions EP

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Post-hardcore, Screamo
Hopeless Records
Silverstein
Transitions EP
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If there’s one thing Silverstein have proven themselves capable of, its longevity. But, despite having four full lengths and decade under their belt, its hard to believe that this group of Canadian scream-singers can be considered scene veterans. But it’s true. Typically, a band’s longevity results in music of increasingly better quality, and Silverstein is no exception. After leaving Victory Records following the release of their last record, 2009’s absolutely brilliant A Shipwreck In The Sand, the band signed with the indie-label-that-can, Hopeless Records, and began work on their follow-up. The band has emerged from the studio armed with a new, to-be-released record, and the Transitions EP, a teaser of sorts consisting of two new tracks alongside 3 b-sides.

Transitions begins with “Sacrifice,” a 2-minute 30-second delight that perfectly captures just how fine-tuned Silverstein’s sound has become. With a crunchy opening, verses laced with a scream-sing tradeoff, a chorus laden with both harmonies and a gut-wrenching shout, and a bridge as frantic as it is melodic, it proves, without a doubt, that Silverstein is still a force to be reckoned with in today’s scene. Yet, despite the wonderful start provided by “Sacrifice,” the EP sacrifices its own momentum with “Darling Harbor.” A track that, due to production quality, appears to be a b-side, it is without a doubt this record’s weakest song. Despite some clever lyricism (“in a lighthouse by the sea, at the 33rd degree”), the verses and chorus both lack the same punch that “Transitions” dealt oh so well. Thankfully, the remaining three tracks of the EP help redeem it after its shaky second song. “Dancing On My Grave,” the EP’s second new track, recalls some of A Shipwreck In The Sand’s heavier moments, with the addition of what is possibly the most grandiose bridge of the band’s career. Following “Dancing On My Grave” is “Replace You (Acoustic),” a stunning, heart wrenching rendition of the band’s original. The acoustic track gives lead vocalist Shane Told a chance to truly show off his vocal chops, a talent that is rarely appreciated in the band’s usual material. Following “Replace You (Acoustic)” is the EP’s closing track and a perfect juxtaposition to “Replace You’s” soft melodies, a cover of Nine Inch Nails’ “Wish.” Fast, furious, and perfectly capturing Trent Reznor’s signature angst, the song manages to channel Nine Inch Nails’ usual atmosphere of chaos while still staying true to Silverstein’s core sound.

Overall, Transitions is a very strong EP. While it may contain a bland cover song, it also includes an acoustic rendition of a Silverstein classic and a truly memorable cover of a song by one of music’s greatest artists. Most importantly, the EP contains two outstanding brand-new tracks from the band that have certainly raised the hype surrounding the band’s upcoming full length. Even though many bands fail to stand the test of time, Silverstein have clearly managed it. While it’s fairly obvious where the band’s sidewalk is headed (and that is to even bigger and better things), there is no way to know where it will end, and that is the best that any band could ever wish for.

1. Sacrifice
2. Darling Harbor
3. Dancing On My Grave
4. Replace You (Acoustic)
5. Wish (Nine Inch Nails cover)

Silverstein is a 5-piece post-hardcore band from Burlington, Ontario, Canada; formed in 2000. The band name was taken from the famous children's author Shel Silverstein.

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