Album Review: Senses Fail

“Don’t be afraid, To stum­ble and weep; Enjoy the jour­ney, Even when its steep.”

Long gone are the days when Senses Fail would write songs about movies and pirates. The new album from the influ­en­tial post-hardcore band is harder hit­ting than any other album they have ever released. The album is enti­tled Renacer, which means ‘to be reborn’ in Span­ish. This is very much the feel through­out the entire album. Tak­ing a more seri­ous tone, Senses Fail breaks away from any type of pop sound they may have had in their past releases. With songs like Me Amor and The Path, Renacer puts you on edge with just about every song. Lead singer Buddy Nielsen has improved the qual­ity of his scream­ing ten­fold and shows it off well in his newest album.

The lyri­cal con­tent of this album is also far advanced from any other album they have released. Other albums have had ref­er­ences to pirates, movies, and drug addic­tions. This album takes a turn to songs about God, rela­tion­ships, and life in gen­eral. The lyrics show how much Nielsen has really matured in the past few years, tak­ing time to reflect on his own life and beliefs. He even offers up some encour­age­ment in his lyrics, for exam­ple in the song The Path he says, “Don’t be afraid To stum­ble and weep; Enjoy the jour­ney, Even when its steep.”

Your head with be whole-heartily bang­ing to each song. This is a truly rare album; every song is excel­lent and as full of energy as the song before. Senses Fail put in the best effort they could on every word, riff, and break­down, and it shows in Renacer. It was a dar­ing step for them to change up the sound so much, but progress is progress, and this album is eas­ily a step in the right direc­tion. I would rec­om­mend any­one who enjoys hard­core music to pick up the album and give it a lis­ten. It is the most refresh­ing album I’ve lis­tened to in a very long time. 5/5 Stars.

 

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