Band Review: Silverstein

If you are a fan of the post-hardcore genre, more than likely you have at least heard of Silverstein. Having been around since 2000, they were a major force in the resurgence of post-hardcore. They released their first full-length album in 2003. That album sold over 200,000 copies, much to the surprise of the band, who had not expected to be a top seller on Victory records so soon.

The new album, entitled This Is How the Wind Shifts, is an amazing album by the standards of anyone who is a fan of the type of music they play. Silverstein finds a way to make the music that they have been making for the past 13 years sound fresh and original. This is How the Wind Shifts was written as a concept album, meaning that it tells a story, and the story this album tells is something that we can all relate to. According to lyricist Shane Told “The idea of this album is how a persons life can change forever with just one event. It is the “what if” that everyone thinks about from time to time.”

The sound of the album is a combination of being much heavier, and much lighter than past albums. The songs that are done in a more hardcore style are heavier than before because 1) Silverstein has a new, more talented lead guitarist who can add some pretty gnarly screams, and 2) Primary vocalist Shane Told has evolved greatly over time. It was 3 years since the last Silverstein album was released and you can hardly recognize Shane’s screams. Also this is the first full-length album by Silverstein not to be written under the guise of Victory Records, whom the band has had difficulties with in the past. This newly granted freedom in the writing and recording process makes it the most honest Silverstein album since their self-released material in 2002. The album can be considered lighter in the areas of Shane’s singing. For how much he progressed in screaming, he progressed even further in his ability to sing clean vocals too. He has improved on switching between clean vocals and screaming, something he has been praised for in the past.

Many fans of hardcore music have forgotten about Silverstein in recent years after a string of mediocre, cookie cutter albums. However, Silverstein is back with a vengeance, with full support from long time fans, and with This is How the Wind Shifts, they will be gaining more attention again amongst the hardcore scene. I would greatly recommend anyone who is looking for new music to check out this album. You will have a roller-coaster ride of emotions while listening. One moment you will be moshing about your room destroying things in the process, and the next moment you will be falling asleep to Shane Told singing in your ear about how he never wanted to let you go.

Album Rating 4.5/5

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