This is the first album from the now acclaimed Silverstein, released back in 2002 when the Post-Hardcore genre was just emerging from the underground. It shows beautifully the mix of clean and unclean vocals which define the genre. With a background of music that varies from the hardcore punk, to softer alt-rock. The lyrics will leave you spellbound, yes they would be called "emo" but I would put this band far from that genre! It goes far beyond it and appeals to many age groups not just the angst ridden teenager.
If you enjoy: metal, punk, hardcore or post hardcore then buy this album you will enjoy it. It is the summation of the start of the genre and the beginnings of an impressive band.
I first heard this band on Spotify when I was just listening to random songs on the radio function. Since I liked one song I decided to have a listen to the rest of the album and loved it. Bought the album the next day.
Whilst this band probably is an emo band I definitely would say they are far better than that label. Their songs are not all angsty and have genuinely good melodies. There's a something of a feel good vibe throughout this album and the songs have a just right feel to them. Coming from someone who likes a fairly wide range of music (as do most people who like anything beyond the top 40) ranging from The Smashing Pumpkins to Lamb of God to Skrillex to Annihilator I would say that any soft rock, rock or metal fan should find some enjoyment listening to this album at some point.
I wouldn't get this album if all you care about is outright musical technicality (such as Dream Theater, Between the Buried and Me etc.) or if you can't stand screaming in music at all, but the screaming is fairly low key and doesn't sound out of place, despite the actual music not really being that heavy at all.
At the end of the day, I love this album, and since you can't ask for more than that it gets a 5 star rating.
I was first introduced to this band by a free CD which featured two tracks, Smashed into pieces and Giving up, and bought the album on the strength of those two tracks alone. The band sport a mix of punk, emo and hardcore, with the vocals ranging from melodic singing to more hardcore 'screaming', if you can call something so harmonious screaming. All of the tracks are frankly brilliant, where with other albums you skip through to get to the standout songs, every song on this album is a beaut. I cant recommend this band enough, really, but go to [...] to hear some tracks and you should fall in love with them just like i did.