Bayside have, in one album, managed to smash the perception that all Victory Record bands are generic 'emo'. Their melodic rock / punk sound, combined with their strong vocals, make Bayside a band that should not be disregarded just because of the genre they have unfortunately be placed in.
Starting with 'Masterpiece', 'Sirens and Condolences' starts as it means to go on - heavy guitars and brooding lyrics. From beginning to end the album is filled with raw energy and attitude - the highlights being 'Phone Call From Poland' and 'Alcohol and Altar Boys', two tracks which really showcase the talent of every single member.
Although compared to Alkaline Trio, Hawthorne Heights, and a list of other bands, Bayside have done what many bands these days fail to do - they have found their own unique sound, and it works. Although not a 'Masterpiece', 'Sirens and Condolences' isnt too far off.