ALBUM: Silverstein – Rescue

Release Date: April 26th, 2011
Label: Hopeless Records


When you’ve been around for 11 years, it’s hard to keep the interest of the same fans you started out with. This is a problem that Silverstein have sadly encountered. Following the release of 2009’s ‘A Shipwreck In The Sand’ (and even to some extent their previous release ‘Arrivals And Departures’), it appeared that they’d abandoned their original sound. Whilst it’s true that the band have opted for a cleaner cut sound nowadays, there’s no real difference between old and new, and if anything, they’ve become better. So anyway, interested in the band has recently waned a little, but with the release of new album, ‘Rescue’, they hope to bring the interest back.

Based upon the evidence given in this album, there’s no reason why people wouldn’t sit up and take notice. ‘Rescue’ is a definite “return to form” for the band who never really lost it. Songs like ‘Sacrifice’ and ‘The Artist’ show the band’s ear for a heavy riff, whilst ‘Live To Kill’ shows off the more pure aggressiveness of Shane Told‘s vocals. Opener ‘Medication’ shows off the best of Shane‘s vocals, providing the listener with some pitch perfect vocals at both ends of the spectrum.

One of the best things about Silverstein is that they’ve been around the block long enough to know that the key to a successful full-length album is variation. Perhaps where they excel even more is in their ability to write big melodic songs with huge choruses, such as the previously acoustic ‘Replace You’ and ‘Forget Your Heart’. ‘Burning Hearts’ sounds absolutely huge and has both huge potential and a huge chorus. Songs like the slow burning ‘Darling Harbour’ are packed full of melodic swagger that has been well crafted over the course of the band’s career.

Whilst this a very well rounded album that features the best bits of any post-hardcore record, there’s a slight problem with some of the songs becoming slightly tedious. Although the likes of ‘Texas Mickey’ are decent in their own right, they often lack a killer spark that would ignite the song like some others manage. Whereas closer ‘In Memory Of…’ fails to pick up completely, and provides a rather dull ending to an otherwise enjoyable listen.

‘Rescue’ isn’t the sound of a band reinventing itself, nor should it be. Instead of listening to some of their critics, they’ve gone on to produce an album that’s just as good as any that precedes it. If you need a clear definition of where this album stand, it would probably be the middle ground between their last 3 studio albums, which of course is no bad thing. Their true potential however can only be showcased in their live setting.

Written by Oliver Thompson