Senses Fail
Renacer


4.0
excellent

Review

by NothingForSomething USER (22 Reviews)
March 20th, 2013 | 554 replies


Release Date: 03/26/2013 | Tracklist

Review Summary: A rebirth done the right way.

Senses Fail’s fifth album “Renacer” is the band's biggest departure in sound, lyric and overall feel though their decade long career – and it should come as no surprise. Well perhaps it does come as a surprise to some people, but for the hardcore SF fans that have taken the time to read up on the album details or those who have taken at least one semester of Spanish, “Renacer” is an open book. The album title is a Spanish verb in the infinitive-form meaning “to be reborn.” With that knowledge it is not difficult to understand why this is the heaviest, most explorative and dare I say visceral Senses Fail album to date.

This new incarnation of Senses Fail begins with a glaring change in sound. “Renacer’s” eponymous opening track is by far the heaviest opener of any SF record and is one of the heaviest songs they’ve recorded in general. This is in part due to the departure of guitarist and songwriter Garrett Zablocki and producer Brian McTernen, who had worked on the last three Senses Fail records. Nevertheless, Renacer is the perfect track to start the record not only because it’s one of the album’s highlights but also because of how successfully it sets the tone for what’s to come. It’s almost as if the “Reborn!” chant in the background is a battle-cry, forcefully urging you to forget what you “think” Senses Fail is – because this time around they’ve truly switched things up.

While many things are certainly different on the new album, it is safe to say the Senses Fail we’ve come to know and love remains. Picture any of the bands past releases and turn it inside out. That is how “Renacer” feels, to an extent. Take, for example, vocalist Buddy Nielsen’s typically aggressive and very personal, inward lyrics. That aggression is now channeled through the heavier instrumentation on the record instead of the vocals. Following suit, the typical contrast to Buddy’s lyrics (poppier song structures and tones) now manifests itself through the more positive and almost uplifting lyrical direction. It might be hard to believe until you feast your ears on Buddy screaming, “love will set me free” and “It doesn’t matter if you fall down, get the *** back up” amid a crushing breakdown in Glass.

In terms of the album as a whole however, “Renacer” is a consistent and cohesive release. While that may not seem like a huge deal, it kind of is seeing as a change in sound can often lead to the pitfalls of disjointedness and lack of direction. Luckily, Senses Fail knows exactly what they want to do with the record, and they do it right. In an interview with Nielsen about the album, he mentioned the band wanted to utilize “space” as a means of heaviness. Standout track The Path is the perfect representation of that because of how slow-burning yet devastatingly heavy it is at times. Some other notable standouts are the Spanish lyric-laden Mi Amor and the thrashy Snake Bite.

Another conscious effort that really brings the album to a new level of cohesion is the lyrical connection between the first and last songs. The title track poses the question “When you look in the mirror are you the person you thought you’d be?” A similar line is present in the haunting final song Between the Mountains and the Sea asking “Is the person that you are the person you were meant to be?” as if to revise the original question after being taken through the ups and downs of “Renacer” as a whole. It’s little additions such as this that make the album worthy of many repeated listens.

“Renacer” is certainly not run-of-the-mill fare for the New Jersey four-piece, and it benefits endlessly for that. To deviate even slightly from an established sound that so many fans have grown accustomed to is a risky yet commendable move. To do all that and succeed is an entirely different thing, and thankfully Senses Fail have achieved just that with their 2013 release. It deserves our respect and it commands our attention. This is a rebirth done the right way.



Recent reviews by this author
Defeater Letters HomeApart From This In Gloom
Turnover MagnoliaVanna The Few and the Far Between
Frameworks Small VictoriesWoe, Is Me Genesi[s]
user ratings (360)
Chart.
3.8
excellent
other reviews of this album
Nathan Flynn CONTRIBUTOR (3.5)
Not a Lazarus-level reincarnation, but a very appealing one nonetheless...

Aaron CONTRIBUTOR (5)
Is it possible to reinvent yourself?...


Comments:Add a Comment 
NothingForSomething
March 20th 2013


186 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Originally posted here: http://www.xeasycorex.net/2013/03/review-senses-fail-renacer.html

Killerhit
March 20th 2013


5250 Comments


Yeah really good job, I didn't see really anything wrong with it. You could try italicizing the track names and keeping the album names in parentheses, so it is easier to the eyes to distinguish the two. POS.

Atari
Contributing Reviewer
March 20th 2013


19798 Comments


well damn you obviously had this ready to go lol

Digging: Yellowcard - Lift a Sail

Atari
Contributing Reviewer
March 20th 2013


19798 Comments


mistake in the first sentence

"Senses Fail’s fifth album “Renacer” is the bands" should be band's not bands :P

Storm In A Teacup
March 20th 2013


12870 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0 | Sound Off

If I could physically dance throughout this thread I would be so just picture that from now on in here.

NothingForSomething
March 20th 2013


186 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Yeah I've been waiting to post this, sorry that I beat you to it man.

NothingForSomething
March 20th 2013


186 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

@Atari good catch, thanks.

Atari
Contributing Reviewer
March 20th 2013


19798 Comments


"sorry that I beat you to it man"

ha it's not a race i'm gonna be busy as hell the next few days anyways and want to take my time on this review.

Storm In A Teacup
March 20th 2013


12870 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0 | Sound Off

Im not reading any review of this until after mine is turned in.

Killerhit
March 20th 2013


5250 Comments


better get going

Atari
Contributing Reviewer
March 20th 2013


19798 Comments


sweet looking forward to it storm!

so this is a pretty solid review nothingforsomething pos'd.

JackSparrow
March 20th 2013


1686 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Dan Trapp has improved immensely as a drummer. The double bass in Canine is much more consistent and timed well than it has been in the past. That's easily one of the best songs.

james9933
March 20th 2013


69 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

nicely done geese, i loved the review and the album so far. pos

NothingForSomething
March 20th 2013


186 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Thanks man!!!

CaptainHadouken
March 20th 2013


1960 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Good stuff man, pos'd

Atari
Contributing Reviewer
March 20th 2013


19798 Comments


LOOK IN THE BASEMENT OF YOUR HEARTT, THERE IS A LIGHT THAT JUST WEENT DAARKK!!!!



SeaOfNovacaine
March 20th 2013


26 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0 | Sound Off

its a five piece not a four piece. but good review

CaptainHadouken
March 20th 2013


1960 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

The review was good, gotta give it a listen tonight atari. lol got to go get food and do my least favorite workout prior to that..running.

NothingForSomething
March 20th 2013


186 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

You're right about it being a five piece, although they have a misleading Facebook picture that led me to believe there were only four of them.

intotheshit
March 20th 2013


3639 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Impressed, but not that impressed. A solid 3 for me.



You have to be logged in to post a comment. Login | Create a Profile





FAQ // STAFF & CONTRIBUTORS // SITE FORUM // CONTACT US

Bands: A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z


Site Copyright 2005-2014 Sputnikmusic.com
All Album Reviews Displayed With Permission of Authors | Privacy Policy