They sound it, they deserve to be it.
This album is one of the best debúts ive heard in a long time, and weve already had some contenders (trivium). Theres inevitably going to be In Flames references - SR incorporate the old school metal influences that are everywhere at the moment, mix in some sytnths and death metal RAA-iocity and comparisons will be rife, but theyre more than this. The songs veer all over the place, one moment youre pummelled with inaccessible death metal tomfoolery; deep gutteral vocals and kick drums to shake the walls, then suddenly youre lifted up on a catchy sweeping stadium chorus (None more so than on 'Recovery'). And it works, theres no dodgy areas, it all fits in seamlessly; synths and keys arent overplayed, a brief piano interlude half way through to stop your one man bedroom mosh pit ending in heart failure before youre off again with the four on one fistfight of 'Kelsey'
On an album full of highlights, 'The worst is yet to come' shines particularly bright - possibly the catchiest song but one that deserves to open up a tornado of a circle pit. And the piano break in White Walls is a master-stroke. The whole album is performed with a confidence not normally present on a debút.
Every song sounds HUGE, i dont care how clichéd it sounds, but listening to it quietly will NOT do it justice. Let it envelop you. Its uplifting and its ferocious at the same time. If they can do this as skillfully live as they do on this album then they will wash away the competition
There are bands that share Still Remains' influences pouring out of the woodwork these days, but they are that little bit different and a whole lot better than 90% of the competition.
Help make this band huge. They deserve it.