Silverstein
This Is How the Wind Shifts


4.0
excellent

Review

by Aaron Arneson CONTRIBUTOR (108 Reviews)
February 4th, 2013 | 908 replies | 50,284 views


Release Date: 02/05/2013 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Silverstein has done it again.

One thing that’s always stood out to me about Silverstein is how passionate they are about their music. There’s just something about Shane Told’s vocals that manage to hit all the right notes with the listener as they’re sung over the band’s often heartfelt and inspirational lyrics. Thankfully, the band’s newest effort This is How The Wind Shifts is no different. In fact, it’s one of the most passionate and ambitious albums the band has released in years.

Generously packed into Silverstein’s seventh full length are 14 new tracks. Although three of the songs clock in under the 2 minute mark and feel like interludes, it would be foolish to dismiss them as they contain soothing vocals that help build the perfect atmosphere around the surrounding tracks. However, it’s no secret that Silverstein are at their very best when they take everything up a notch and they waste no time with the opening track ‘Stand Amid The Roar.’ It was the first single off the album and it’s not hard to see why. It contains all the Silverstein essentials with its flashy guitar work, fast-paced drumming and of course, Told’s exceptional vocal performance. As always, he’s able to transition between screams and cleans with what seems like little to no effort. The second single off the album ‘Massachusetts’ also shows off his strong singing ability and it remains one of the most memorable songs on the album along with the addicting and upbeat ‘California.’

As enjoyable as the first two singles are, they certainly don’t mark new territory for the band. That’s where ‘In A Place Of Solace’ comes into play. The song contains no clean vocals and it’s one of the most original and creative hardcore songs the band has ever written. Unlike many of the band’s other hardcore songs, it takes its time and strives on superb musicianship rather than breakdowns or trying to play as fast as possible. Instead, it’s a slow paced beast of a song that contains some of the most impressive vocals and instrumentation the band has ever laid to record.

Silverstein have always managed to write more inspirational lyrics than their peers and This is How The Wind Shifts is no exception. Not unlike their other releases, they’ve saved the most poignant tracks for the end of the release in the form of ‘To Live and To Lose’ and ‘With Second Chances.’ The track names might be self explanatory but both songs are full of a level of passion and honesty that few bands in the genre are able to replicate. Finally, the band close the album with the creative ‘Departures’. It’s an atmospheric and even epic sounding song that brings the album to an unexpected and satisfying close.

On the surface This is How The Wind Shifts can easily be mistaken for just another Silverstein album but this assumption couldn’t be further from the truth. On The contrary, their seventh album marks a triumphant return for the band as it contains some of the most impressive songs they have released in years. Songs like ‘California’ and ‘A Better Place’ are full of energy and glowing with confidence while other tracks like ‘In A Place of Solace’ and ‘Departures’ stand proud as some of the most creative, ambitious songs the band has written in their entire career. It's safe to say the winds have certainly shifted in the band's favor as Silverstein has managed to release yet another solid album that has rightfully earned its place alongside the band’s best work.



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Comments:Add a Comment 
Atari
Contributing Reviewer
February 4th 2013



19395 Comments


Album is streaming on spotify so i'm assuming that counts.

I tried to make this review the best I could because I love Silvertein so any feedback or constructive criticism is appreciated. Thanks!

Digging: Musk Ox - Woodfall

mindleviticus
February 4th 2013



8151 Comments


I love Silverstein as well (I have all of their albums above a 3.5), but I didn't find this album all that great, in fact it was a pretty big disappointment :|

NorwichScene
February 4th 2013



1404 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

Nice review. What's with all the lyrics about California?

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Atari
Contributing Reviewer
February 4th 2013



19395 Comments


well i personally feel this is one of their best efforts but hope you liked the review!

mindleviticus
February 4th 2013



8151 Comments


Yeah the review was great man, have a pos.

I just have this feeling that after a decade they could really use a new spin on their music, because I could predict every single song on this album pretty much :P

Atari
Contributing Reviewer
February 4th 2013



19395 Comments


but in a place of solace and the closing track were pretty creative.

by the way does anybody know if it sounds better if i say "Silverstein HAS done it again instead of Silverstein HAVE done it again?

mindleviticus
February 4th 2013



8151 Comments


Depends. Are you referring to the band members (HAVE)? Or the band as a whole (HAS)?

Atari
Contributing Reviewer
February 4th 2013



19395 Comments


Pretty much the band as a whole. I'll change it thanks man

mindleviticus
February 4th 2013



8151 Comments


well since i'm only 17 i guess i should like this because it's supposed to have "teenage angst" but
I'm not
really feeling anything :pppppppppppppppppppppppppppppppp

atrink
Contributing Reviewer
February 4th 2013



2809 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

God damnit i was in the middle of reviewing this. I'm not really digging it all that much. Those 1 minute songs are all so cheesy..

ViperAces
February 4th 2013



12374 Comments


not feeling gay is a totally normal feeling dw

Atari
Contributing Reviewer
February 4th 2013



19395 Comments


Thanks andcas. If u could point out the errors I would appreciate it.

Atari
Contributing Reviewer
February 4th 2013



19395 Comments


@atrink, haha ive been planning on reviewing this for weeks ;) I don't mind the 1 minute songs

pmmets07
February 4th 2013



5839 Comments


i've never been too big on this band but the artwork and ratings are forcing me to check it out

atrink
Contributing Reviewer
February 4th 2013



2809 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Yeah after reading this intro I see you're quite the fan. Maybe i'll still finish it. Now i really don't have much incentive to get it done before tomorrow though.

Atari
Contributing Reviewer
February 4th 2013



19395 Comments


@atrink, just go for it man. I enjoy your reviews and i'm curious to hear why you didn't enjoy it

Crawl
February 4th 2013



1539 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Massachusetts is great, is there any other catchy song like it?

Atari
Contributing Reviewer
February 4th 2013



19395 Comments


California rules too

CasinoColumbus
February 4th 2013



340 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Hope this is as good as I keep hearing everywhere. Band brings back memories.

Atari
Contributing Reviewer
February 4th 2013



19395 Comments


andcas please point out the errors for me lol



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