Silverstein
Transitions


3.5
great

Review

by Chris Higgins USER (38 Reviews)
December 7th, 2010 | 22 replies | 13,032 views


Release Date: 2010 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Silverstein stays within their safe zone, but this EP still shows promise for the band and is sure to both excite and scare fans.

3 of 3 thought this review was well written

Silverstein are one of those bands that you can just never forget. Every single time they put out something new, it’s big. Preparing to put out their 5th full length record, “Transitions” is a hold over EP while the band finishes up their upcoming album. This EP features three brand new tracks, an acoustic song and a Nine Inch Nails cover. Though the last two track may seem random and out of place, it’s nice to hear something new from the band.

Of course the big news here is the three new tracks. Will they be in the upcoming full length? No idea, probably. All three of the tracks are great though, despite the fact that the band hasn’t changed one bit. Depending on who you are, that can either be a good thing or bad thing. The band has found it’s safe sound, but may be a little too scared to venture out of that safe spot.

When ‘Sacrifice’ begins playing you instantly begin to notice the point I am making, their sound hasn’t changed one bit. The song opens fast and never really slows down, and while it has a somewhat catchy chorus, the sound is so familiar that it’s hard to distinguish it from most of the bands more recent songs. ‘Darling Harbour’ feels and sounds like more of a pop-punk track than anything, opening with Shane’s soft voice leading into an extremely catchy riff section. This is easily the best of the three songs, it has a great feel to it and is really easy to listen to.

Than begins the heaviest track on the EP, ‘Dancing on My Grave’. Shane’s screams blast through the speakers as the drum hits hard right along with the guitars. The clean and screaming vocals are perfectly balanced here, as they bounce back and forth between each other throughout the song. The breakdown is good and the song is just full of anger. ‘Replace You’ is the one bonus acoustic song on the EP, and it’s everything you’d expect from a Silverstein acoustic track. It’s simple and average, but effective. Last but not least we have ‘Wish’, a cover of a Nine Inch Nails song. While Silverstein is no NIN, they still do a great job of covering the song without destroying to much of the original song.

“Transitions” is a great little addition to the bands discography, but it might fear some fans of the band for what will come in their full length. Though it features a promising sound, we have heard it all before from the band. Maybe their change from Victory to Hopeless Records will show some slight change, but for now I still have high hopes for the upcoming album, and this is all thanks to the three brand new tracks featured on this EP.



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chiggles
December 8th 2010



76 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Didn't know whether to give this a 3 or a 3.5, real quick write up.

Spec
December 8th 2010



27102 Comments


Pretty deeeeeeeece review.

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Mordecai.
December 8th 2010



8276 Comments


Didn't know whether to give this a 3 or a 3.5


i'll help you:

it's a 1

bluehaze54
December 8th 2010



50 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

you crazy, its definitely a 3

and not all 3 are new some are 2 sides, its either one or two of them are

Strider
December 8th 2010



4598 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

getting this. give these guys another chance

iamSeraph
December 8th 2010



860 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

sacrifice is okay, darling harbour weak, dancing on my grave epic, acoustic track fine and NIN cover forgettable. overall the production changed and made their sound waaay better than they sounded ever before. the shouter now sounds like haste the day's stephen keech on 'pressure the hinges', which is nice imo. all in all it's something like a 3.5 for me, with a slight plus for the surprisingly great production.

chiggles
December 8th 2010



76 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Andcas, yes they did cover NIN here.

iamSeraph, the production here is awesome. I agree with you in the epicness of Dancing on My Grave, definitely a great song.

Comatorium.
December 8th 2010



4103 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Downloading this now. Totally had forgotten about this band til i saw them live last year with Chiodos and they stole the show. Shane is an absolute beast live. Rekindled my passion i had for them back in high school.

chiggles
December 8th 2010



76 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I always wanted to see them live. I never got the oppurtunity, unfortunately.

pizzamachine
December 8th 2010



12571 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

This is pretty great, it looks like the band is still kicking. The NIN cover is epic too. Good review!

cinaedus
December 8th 2010



26447 Comments


Really? Didn't expect this. need to get.

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Winsomniac
December 8th 2010



7965 Comments


Ehhhhh, I'm not getting my hopes up.

iamSeraph
December 8th 2010



860 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I always wanted to see them live. I never got the oppurtunity, unfortunately.
^

hoping so, too.

Comatorium.
December 8th 2010



4103 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Do it guys, its a great time. EP is pretty gosh darn good. I'm loving the NIN cover, which I expected to be absolute shit. The acoustic track is pretty much a throwaway, but the 3 new tracks are all adequate. Looking forward to what's next.

IAmHollywood
December 8th 2010



1443 Comments


"Every single time they put out something new, it’s big."

"Though the last two track may seem random and out of place, it’s nice to hear something new from the band."

This band sounds the same, all the time. NIN cover was a breath of fresh air.

Atticus808
December 8th 2010



16 Comments


great review. pretty stoked to listen to this EP

dr2den
December 8th 2010



1342 Comments



6 Comments


SCREAMorphine
December 11th 2010



1751 Comments


I hate his voice

IAmHollywood
December 14th 2010



1443 Comments


Why does everybody still like this band?

StolenIdentity
December 15th 2010



233 Comments


Silverstein are great. Nothing they do is groundbreaking, but their music always just seems to grab me.

Good quality EP, and the NIN cover is decent too.



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