ALBUM REVIEW: Silverstein – A Beautiful Place To Drown

Release Date: March 6th 2020
Label: UNFD


Entering their twentieth anniversary as a band, Canadian post-hardcore quintet Silverstein show no signs of slowing down.

Delivering their tenth full-length record, ‘A Beautiful Place To Drown’, the group continue to craft memorable and deviated iterations of their well-established sound.

Opening with the bouncing ‘Bad Habits’, the quintet unfurl a snappy and grooving riff alongside a buoyant chorus. Displaying Shane Told‘s impeccable shifting vocals, the track delivers the group’s hallmarks before flying into lead single, ‘Burn It Down’.

With guest vocalist Caleb Shomo (Beartooth), the song not only boasts a hook filled chorus, but also serves as a reminder of how Silverstein have influenced others. Driven by razor sharp palm-muting and a thick wall of sound on the bridge, ‘Burn It Down’ continues to build on the record’s momentum.

As the record moves forward, the group seem determined to deliver a streamlined effort; ‘Where Are You?’ moves through jagged riffs along with call-and-response vocal hooks, whilst ‘Madness’ hosts a slugging groove and howling chorus.

With another guest vocalist in tow on ‘Infinite’, a vocally driven track, Told is joined by Aaron Gillespie (Underoath/The Almost) to add a counterpart to its floating chorus. Evidently on songs like ‘September 14th’ we have proof that Told doesn’t need a guest vocalist to deliver growling vocals, but they serve as an additional sonic treat on a compact record.

Branching out from their signature, ‘All On Me’ sees Silverstein rely on minimal soundscapes and brass led melodies to create a dynamically attesting mid point for the record. The same can be said for the polyphonic infused riff on ‘Say Yes’ in its middle 8, and the juddering synths on ‘Stop’.

‘Take What You Give’ closes things off, where swimming melodies sit alongside crunching guitars and bouncing choruses. Showcasing the solid hooks that permeate the record, Silverstein not only push their sound forward, but also give a nod to their early works in quick succession.

‘A Beautiful Place To Drown’ serves as a daring and rewarding new chapter in the group’s ever evolving sound. With a tenth record to their name whilst entering another decade as a band, Silverstein prove that they’re just as vital now as they were twenty years ago.