Three Days Grace
Transit of Venus


4.0
excellent

Review

by KeithLaFountaine USER (2 Reviews)
November 6th, 2012 | 18 replies | 1,152 views


Release Date: 2012 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Very well made album. Combines electronic and hard hitting rock well without overdoing either side.

0 of 4 thought this review was well written

Three Days Grace has become well known for their punchy guitars, hard hitting drums, and amazing vocals from Adam Gontier. However, the problem with these kinds of bands is that they often do not experiment with their sound at all, or they experiment way more than they should. Though Korn is an amazing band, their most recent album, The Path of Totality, was a drastic change from their recognizable Nu-Metal sound.

Transit of Venus is an experimentation with the rapidly growing electronic genre, while keeping the hard hitting post-grunge sound that Three Days Grace fans are used to. These are two genres, in my opinion, that should rarely mingle together simply because of the radically different sound. It's like combining rap and metal. It can be done successfully (Rage Against the Machine) or it can be done somewhat well (Linkin Park). I would say Three Days Grace has successfully combined the two genres, without overdoing either the rock or the synths.

When Chalk Outline was release, I do admit I was a little shaky on how it would work out. I've loved Three Days Grace even when they were named Groundswell. Their change in sound is impressive. However, I was worried that, like Korn, they would overdo the electronic side and therefore change their sound completely. However, thankfully, they did not do this. Yes, their sound is different. But change is not always bad. I would rather have Three Days Grace explore new sounds and their potential as an influential Post-Grunge band than have them write 4 albums with the same 5 chords, you know?

Not everyone is going to love this album. However, I think true Three Days Grace fans will appreciate the new exploration in sound, while keeping to the similar crunchy rock that fans are used to. This probably won't win an Album of the Year award (especially since Three Days Grace, though mainstream, is still rather unknown), however it is a very well made album, and it is worthy of at least 4 stars. It's no masterpiece, but very few albums are.


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

    WhimsicalSnail (2.5)
    Hit or Miss? Miss for the most part....

    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)
    Three Days Grace pull a Linkin Park, with roughly similar results....

    Alex Beebe (3.5)
    While Three Days Grace haven’t grown up too much lyrically, Transit of Venus sees the ba...

    Jagzfan814 (4)
    Far from One-X, but still worth a listen for true fans....

    TooManyFriends (2)
    The magic is gone.......


Comments:Add a Comment 
SatelliteYears
November 5th 2012



188 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

"(especially since Three Days Grace, though mainstream, is still rather unknown)"

Yeah they are, dude.

GiaNXGX
November 5th 2012



4867 Comments


Though Korn is an amazing band



































































































hahahahahhahahahahaha

GiaNXGX
November 5th 2012



4867 Comments


Your review is good tbh. You describe the record well enough. There are some grammar errors (*punctuation*), but it is ok. Just one thing:

When Chalk Outline was release

*released.

toxin.
November 5th 2012



11821 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

Pretty bad review. Not enough description and too much generalization.

Album sucks too

GiaNXGX
November 5th 2012



4867 Comments


dude, it is his 1st.

Album sucks too

subjectivity?

toxin.
November 5th 2012



11821 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

Well obviously the sucking part is my own opinion.
And, yeah it's his first... so what? I've seen fantastic first reviews and awful 50th reviews. I didn't neg him but this is not a good review. You glean almost nothing from this review... one paragraph (the second) gives commentary (never mind any specific songs to prove his point) for the TS and then the review continues to meander pointlessly about stuff that isn't pertinent to the album.

Ecnalzen
November 5th 2012



5859 Comments


The word however is used a few times too many here. Also, this is also the barest of bones review. You say you think the album is good, but you don't really back up your opinions at all.

KeithLaFountaine
November 5th 2012



1 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Guys, I'm not perfect at review writing. I'm not trying to pick apart the album one second at a time, I'm giving it a review of why I liked the album. You don't have to agree or disagree with me. This is simply my opinion. Thank you for the constructive criticism, I'll take it under consideration.

Soaringmuse
November 6th 2012



107 Comments


What is this I don't even. Also if you write a review instead of just posting a comment then be prepared to be attacked, even if they are "just your opinion, man"

Ecnalzen
November 6th 2012



5859 Comments


Its cool, you are still figuring shit out. Maybe try for a little more descriptions next time. If the album does something you like, give an example or two of what it is. Same for negative stuff. You don't have to go super in depth, but you also don't really want to be too vague either.

toxin.
November 6th 2012



11821 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

'Guys, I'm not perfect at review writing.'

The rest is unnecessary. No one expects you to be perfect, and no one has told you to go jump off
the rails and never write another review ever again. Criticism is just criticism. Get used to it not
being sugar-coated. What did you want me to say? "Hey, great first review but try to be more
specific next time!" ...Are you ten? I'm not going to hold your hands, and I'm not going to be
disingenuous to help you feel better.

And for the record, when you submit a review to a public forum, you invite criticism. And when that
forum is Sputnik, you will be judged by Sputnik standards of what constitutes a good review, and be
criticized (or praised) as such. One such standard is specificity. It's too easy to write bullshit
under the pretense of just describing the overall effect---seriously, what makes me think you've
listened to the album? You just say, "they add electronics and it sounds good surprisingly." Maybe
this will fly elsewhere, but here people will generally disapprove

Ecnalzen
November 6th 2012



5859 Comments


Damn, dude.

Harsh tones.

toxin.
November 6th 2012



11821 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

Yeah, I didn't like the guy's attitude of "I'm not perfect" and "It's just my opinion." It's a bullshit copout people use to avoid taking criticism for their work.

It was probably too harsh though and I don't like being that guy. Can we pretend this was a good cop/bad cop routine?

ilovebabies
November 6th 2012



76 Comments


transit of penis

Ecnalzen
November 6th 2012



5859 Comments


Well, when you put it that way... Sure.

ChopSuey
November 6th 2012



2383 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

this album needs more ratings

Jennifer22
November 6th 2012



253 Comments


This band still makes albums? I thought they had their five minutes of fame already.

DotEight
November 6th 2012



5434 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

"this album needs more ratings"

Done bro.



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