Three Days Grace
Transit of Venus


3.5
great

Review

by Alex Beebe USER (126 Reviews)
October 4th, 2012 | 27 replies | 9,310 views


Release Date: 2012 | Tracklist

Review Summary: While Three Days Grace haven’t grown up too much lyrically, Transit of Venus sees the band grow out of recycled alternative metal riffs enough to provide an album that packs a more walloping punch than any of their others.

12 of 12 thought this review was well written

For those who got their hopes up that Three Days Grace have made attempts to be more ambitious in the thematic department with their fourth studio album, it’s unfortunate to say that Transit of Venus is disappointingly not a concept album revolving around the theme of the actual solar event that the band has been so heavily alluring to in promotion of this album. The lyrics and themes on Transit don’t see a shift towards anything really inventive or new to the band, which is a let down in that the supposed significance of the connection between the hyped solar event and the album are never taken advantage of, let alone fully realized.

Front-man Adam Gontier prefers to stay in a familiar safe-zone with his writing, churning out the same angsty bile that he had for the first two Three Days Grace albums. However, after the positive purpose-searching outlook he adopted for TDG’s previous album Life Starts Now, this return to TDG’s more darker mood is warmly welcome even if it is in a sense back-treading, as the emotional impact doesn’t feel as shallow here as it did on the anything but inspirational motivational speaking of Life Starts Now’s lyrical content.

Lyrically, the album is actually most alike the group’s self-titled debut. While that album’s successor and arguably their most successful album One-X was depressive, vulnerable, and without a doubt the band’s darkest album, the lyrics on Transit of Venus have more of a confidence and strength to them, a will for resolution to conflicts that recalls their debut’s more post-hardcore influenced attitude. Gontier identifies his issues and makes an empowering stand to fight against them in the many athematic radio-rockers on Transit of Venus, instead of wallowing in them like he has in the past on One-X.

This makes for a refreshing balance between dark moods and one’s with a more positive outlook, making it sort of a advancement upon the group’s subject matter that finds a nice middle-ground between the two contrasting opposite tones of their previous albums One-X and Life Starts Now. It’s not the most experimental or drastically different change, but a noticeable change nonetheless.

The more attention-grabbing alterations that compliment the lyrics greatly is Gontier’s matured and refined delivery. Gontier performs in an almost suave manner, adding a sort of sly swagger to his vocal style. He’s not just pleading the tortured soul act anymore, he attempts to be snappy when delivering hooks in a near-jazzy fashion. Unfortunately though, the albums hooks are anything but catchy, overstuffed with too many words in a seemingly rushed and awkward pacing to really ever fully stick with the listener.

But lyrics and how they’re delivered aren’t the only point worth mentioning about this album, because the most standout adjustment to the band’s sound, and the primary aspect that makes Transit of Venus separate from the rest of TDG’s discography is the much increased proficiency of the music itself. Three Days Grace has broken from their typical formula of rehashed alternative metal riffs, and have made a record where the production is surprisingly visceral at frequent points, giving the music a wide and spacious depth were there are many layers and different elements abound.

These elements provide the guitars with a much bigger bang than ever before, with integration of more guitar solos into songs and experimentation with different tunings and effects. The album is also more reliant on a variety of keyboards, such as the organ on the opening track “Sign of the Times” and the synthesizer that puts more emphasis on the beat of the album’s lead single “Chalk Outline”. These changes make Transit of Venus full of unique and surprising sounds that distinguish it musically from the rest of the band’s catalog and most other contemporary modern rock bands in general as well, such as the carnival-esque funk that the track “Expectations” touts.

Though it shows much more growth musically than it does lyrically on first impression, Transit of Venus is a fairly offbeat affair for an alternative metal band, and a sensible progression for Three Days Grace. Even if its ambitions are a bit feeble when compared to other band’s musical pursuits, Transit of Venus shows Three Days not completely in the spirit of moping, or attempting to inspire, but truly in the rocking spirit more than they have ever been.



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    Beats One-X in my opinion. Wish people would stop calling it Tranist Of My Penis...

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    Hit or Miss? Miss for the most part....

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    Very well made album. Combines electronic and hard hitting rock well without overdoing eit...

    toxin (1.5)
    Transit of Venus's experimentation displays potential for Three Days Grace to reach new he...

  • Santiago191 (5)
    Overall i do believe this album to be a must buy if you are a Three Days Grace fan, and if...

    Pedro B. (2.5)
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Comments:Add a Comment 
breakingthefragile
October 4th 2012



2950 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Yeah, I know I said swagger. It was a word before swag raped it believe it or not.

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breakingthefragile
October 4th 2012



2950 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Also, hey, would you look at that. 40 reviews, the big four-o. 10 away from half a hundred lol. Figured I might as well have reviewed Three Days Grace for my 40th since I used to listen to them all the time growing up when post-grunge was da shit.

SgtPepper
Staff Reviewer
October 4th 2012



4383 Comments


Good review, man. POS'd.

breakingthefragile
October 4th 2012



2950 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Thank you, kind sir. ;D

toxin.
October 4th 2012



12024 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

To be honest, parts of this read like, "Hey this album is pretty good for TDG, 3.5," like the fact that it was created by TDG means you grade it on a lower standards.

the albums hooks are anything but catchy, overstuffed with too many words in a seemingly rushed and awkward pacing to really ever fully stick with the listener.


This was very understated considering TDG has always been a hook-based band (even if the band generally fails at them, successful songs like Animal I Have Become and Break had pretty massive hooks from the get-go) to me. You gave some reasoning for why the band deserves a 3.5 despite this, but I find a hard time believing it.

Still, it was a good review.

BTW watch the apostrophes, e.g., "album's hooks" and "it's" instead of "its"

breakingthefragile
October 4th 2012



2950 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Thanks for the feedback man, much appreciated! And yeah, I am always TERRIBLE with my apostrophes haha.

ReturnToRock
October 4th 2012



3448 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

I disagree with you on virtually every level, and you spend waaay too long talking about the lyrics. There are no "anthems" on this album, and it only just narrowly edges out Life Starts Now. The only song really worthy of enduring on their catalogue (this album's World So Cold, if you will) is Anonymous.

SCREAMorphine
October 4th 2012



1751 Comments


Great review man, pos.

Brostep
Staff Reviewer
October 4th 2012



3347 Comments


Nice review, pos. One thing is that you say "Adamn" at one point when I think you meant to say "Adam", just fix that and you're all set. I really do owe it to my 13-year-old self to listen to this, but we'll see how good it actually is.

BassDemon333
October 4th 2012



3351 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Great review. I enjoyed this a lot more than Life Starts Now, and I like that they didn't just retread that album.

ViperAces
October 4th 2012



12377 Comments


Good review.

ReturnToRock
October 4th 2012



3448 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

They don't retread it, but they don't top it, either. This album is basically Three Days Grace's Minutes To Midnight, and about as interesting.

EvoHavok
October 4th 2012



1338 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Best review of the album so far and I mostly agree. However, in regards to recycling, the intros of "Misery Loves My Company" and "Happiness" are similar to last album's "No More" and "The Good Life" respectively. We're talking about just a few seconds of course, but they're kinda worth mentioning.

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breakingthefragile
October 4th 2012



2950 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Thanks for the compliments guys. Also ReturnToRock, yeah, I know I talk about the lyrics way too much, had a lot to say about that end of the album though. Also, I think this is pretty anthematic compared to other Three Days Grace songs and I Life Starts Now was pretty much their Minutes to Midnight in my eyes.

Crawl
October 4th 2012



1560 Comments


shit band

Gyromania
October 4th 2012



15202 Comments


good work, alex. pos.

breakingthefragile
October 4th 2012



2950 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Thanks Matty.

mindleviticus
October 4th 2012



8171 Comments


wtf this is terrible (the album I mean)

TheSupernatural
October 4th 2012



1052 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5 | Sound Off

First review I totally agree with, well done

breakingthefragile
October 4th 2012



2950 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Thanks man, glad to know that.



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