Review Summary: There comes a time when a band must come around and revolutionize the industry with it's ground breaking music and new stigmas on it's genre. Able to shatter the boundaries between 14 year old boys who wear make up and 8 year girls who also wear make up.0 of 1 thought this review was well written
It's possible, not a single person on this website has heard about the new hard hitting band aptly named Digital Summer, possibly one of the most uninspired band names of all time, but I digress. Along with "brutal" self made videos and an overly appreciative self-written bio, I feel it as my duty to truly expose the band for what they are - Hard Rock.
This band won't get the notoriety they truly deserve, but I feel with 60,000 records already sold under their independent label I feel they might just take it and sit with it, I sure would. To start things off, the first paragraph may be misleading as you might have thought this review would be one big bashing, though I'm alluding to what they've created for themselves, lots of hype of what truly isn't there. They're nothing ground-breaking like they're website would lead you to believe nor are they going to inspire new waves of copy cat nu-metal bands. What they do however is bring a refreshing plate to an already boring picnic, littered with the "Army Ants" of the Emo wave.
To start things off "Disconnect", a loud song at best, follows the sounds of it's opening static, leading into the typical over repeated and unnecessary title word. It's got everything that the fan boys of Hard Rock have come to enjoy earth shattering screams that battle the level of noise that their rambunctious guitars put off. But then it's over and we finally start breathing again, it's not the best song album by far, but it leaves us with some sense of hope, that the band will give us more...
Next comes "Crash", a supreme stand out on the album that bellows a fine line between melodic/soft and a hard edge, easily reminiscent of Chevelle and Deftones. They impersonate their influences well as they have a strong grasp on their waves of melodic nature and a brutal assault in their "break downs" which is a word I'll use cautiously. The best track on the album flows so beautifully and charismatically that I listened to it 4 more times after the first listen, "Broken" serves as the albums best song and quite possibly could dominate airwaves had it been released. It's success comes in it's emotion and lyrics with fine musicianship from start to finish and an absolutely perfect chorus. The lead singer Kyle Winterstein also gives his best performance of the album belting out lines of agony, "So break my wings, and watch me fall, cause I'm broken..." This is the song that immediately made me pay attention to the quintet, though they may have also had help from my own relationship problem, but eh, fault me for giving them a break.
As with most modern Hard Rock outfits the band is plagued with it's overly boring filler songs, "Now or Never", "One More Day" and "Chasing Tomorrow" but is able to pick the pace back up with "This Time" where the band is able to reclaim that emotion found in "Broken". This is also where you realize the meaning of the album, an aggressive in your face rock record. I guess I should have caught onto this from reading their beefy bio, but again I digress. Form what I heard these boys can put on a show, which isn't hard to see as the songs aren't infinitely complicated, easily giving them more time to interact, drink beer, eat steak, whatever it is these frat boys do nowadays.
Last Word: If you can get past the oh so unoriginal song titles and sometimes overly cliché burdened lyrics "I'm just so sick and tired, sick and tired, of everything", and you can take this band for what they are you'll have a great time listening. In fact you'll probably enjoy it even more if you inject yourself with steroids beforehand.