Filter
The Sun Comes Out Tonight


4.0
excellent

Review

by Raul Stanciu STAFF
May 31st, 2013 | 46 replies | 9,139 views


Release Date: 06/04/2013 | Tracklist

Review Summary: A worthy addition to Filter's increasing discography.

At the start of the new millennium, Filter were one of the leading acts in the US and easily recognizable all over the world. Their music was heavy enough to capture the attention of fans of the fresh nu-metal wave, but also favored a softer side, connecting with people who weren't necessarily into heavy music. However, the moment frontman Richard Patrick checked into rehab, postponing any Filter release until Anthems For The Damned six years later, the band faded into obscurity. The road to recovery was long and hard, some of it being documented on the previous effort, The Trouble With Angels, the record which finally put Filter back on the map.

With a new label behind them, Richard Patrick, guitar player Johnny Radtke, along with bassist Phil Buckman and drummer Jeff Friedl are ready to make a full return into the public's eye. The new album continues the same path Filter dusted by the fan favorite, The Trouble With Angels, only a shade more electronic. The core features similar chord progressions to the band's debut Short Bus, filtered through current technology. For the most part, the influence is audible, but The Sun Comes Out Tonight is considerably more polished than most of their previous offerings. The result proves Filter is maturing with every release, however, one can't help but point at the production for killing some of the raw thrills provided by preceding installments.

Still, the production doesn't always get in the way, The Sun Comes Out Tonight having quite a number of highlights as Filter inserted bits of every element that characterize their discography so far. Opener "We Hate It When You Get What You Want" gives a perfect glimpse of the overall sound. With a powerful yet processed main rhythm and catchy vocals, the song mixes dense, hard-hitting moments with melodic ones, while keeping the electronic elements in the spotlight too. Filter were always slightly influenced by the industrial genre, hence the occasional synth bass lines, drum machines and other soundscapes, but their music was mostly rooted in metal. They rarely developed the electronic side past the decorative level, however, it is clear they wish to reclaim their glory days and break once more into the mainstream. Thus, Patrick & Co. enriched The Sun Comes Out Tonight with various tweaks, much like Rob Zombie did on his latest project, Venomous Rat Regeneration Vendor.

On the second half, there are the two back-to-back rockers "It's Got To Be Right Now" and "This Finger's For You", each pointing in a different direction. The former is an energetic, straightforward rocker with a punk edge and the latter is a groovy number that reminisces their 2010's single, "No Love". Both have infectious choruses, where Patrick is backed up by the other band members on vocals. The formulas are the same hard/soft alternations, but they are more carefully structured than ever, showcasing the band's increasing experience in the domain. Also, Patrick favors the extensive use of background vocals, often with a vocoded overdub.

The album's two darkest moments come from the paranoid "Burn It" and the moody "Take That Knife Out Of My Back". Both are arguably the heaviest tracks here, keeping focus on the guitars and creating a dense atmosphere that harkens back to early tunes such as “Hey Man, Nice Shot” or “Cancer”. While not as powerful as before, Richard Patrick's snarl is still capable to ride the sonic waves. On the opposite end, the album's soft side offers some lovely moments, too, especially "Surprise", an uplifting semi-acoustic number with a beautiful chorus, that would make for a great single. The best part is that even though it has a familiar sound, it doesn't really try to rehash the past moments that brought the band's biggest hit, "Take A Picture". Also, "It's My Time" is a stripped and rather somber piano ballad, that along with Patrick's melancholic croon, becomes one of the most sincere performances he’s given in 20 years of activity. This is a perfect example of how his clean voice has substantially improved since the release of Short Bus.

In the end, The Sun Comes Out Tonight is another worthy addition to Filter's increasing discography. It's cohesive, interesting and varied enough to please both old fans and newcomers alike, while offering some strong tracks that can easily be compared with past favorites. Even so, the whole journey was dragged down trying to leave the songs appealing for as many people as possible. The riffs are there, but most of the time buried underneath a clean production. Maybe a conscious decision or just a desire to experiment with different sounds, The Sun Comes Out Tonight will probably enjoy more commercial success, but won’t necessarily be heralded as a new peak. Still, lately, Richard Patrick and the gang are on the right track and more consistent than ever.



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insomniac15
Staff Reviewer
May 31st 2013



3158 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

A strong record, but I wish it wasn't so polished. Thanks to Jacob for proofreading the review.

The record's out today in mainland Europe and on Monday in the US and all over the world.

Stream it here - http://www.revolvermag.com/news/exclusive-album-premiere-filter-the-sun-comes-out-tonight.html

Digging: Amplifier - Echo Street

Acanthus
May 31st 2013



9507 Comments


Never really got into these guys, fun to throw on an album or two for work though.

Nice review, will check out the stream.

Digging: Symphony X - Paradise Lost

Omaha
Staff Reviewer
May 31st 2013



9470 Comments


Well hey, nice review there!

"A strong record, but I wish it wasn't so polished." -- this applies directly to the next album I'm covering, so I feel you there.

Digging: Koan Sound - Dynasty

insomniac15
Staff Reviewer
May 31st 2013



3158 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Thanks. Yeah, that worry to get back into the mainstream bummed me. Still, it's a good record.

Apollo
May 31st 2013



10083 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I'm excited to hear this. I've always had a soft spot for this band.

bloc
May 31st 2013



34499 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

This is decent as expected. Maybe 4 or 5 tracks worth keeping.

Digging: He Is Legend - I Am Hollywood

insomniac15
Staff Reviewer
May 31st 2013



3158 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

"I'm excited to hear this. I've always had a soft spot for this band."

Same here.

Deadwing42
May 31st 2013



120 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0 | Sound Off

God, I love Filter, but this just isn't that great for them. I hate how polished it sounds. I fucking love "Take That Knife Out of My Back" and the title track, but a lot of the other songs are just not interesting at all. It sounds like they are trying to appeal to somebody and doesn't have the same intensity as their best efforts.

Title of Record > Trouble With Angels > Amalgamut > Short Bus > Sun Comes Out > Anthems for the Damned...

Apollo
June 1st 2013



10083 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

This is very very good.

greg84
Staff Reviewer
June 1st 2013



7162 Comments


Solid write-up Raul. I haven't heard it yet, but consider me interested.

Digging: Floor - Oblation

insomniac15
Staff Reviewer
June 1st 2013



3158 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Thanks Greg. It's not their best, but it's consistent and has several great songs. I'm glad people enjoy it, because I've always had a soft spot for Filter.

NonApplicable
June 1st 2013



1826 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I really wish they didn't take the electronic route. There are so many effects here that make me cringe. I would pan this if the songwriting wasn't so infectious.

insomniac15
Staff Reviewer
June 1st 2013



3158 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I guess they wanted to be on the same wave length with all the electronic bands that enjoy success nowadays. Plus, they can get away with it since they had it in their music ever since Patrick started the band.

NonApplicable
June 1st 2013



1826 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I wonder if they'll achieve that success.

Apollo
June 1st 2013



10083 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

It is sickeningly over produced but like NonApplicable said, the songwriting is infectious. The record on a whole is really good.

YoYoMancuso
June 2nd 2013



10116 Comments


I took a picture of my screen to remember to read this, but i didn't remember.


wow what a lame joke i'm losing it guys

PuddlesPuddles
June 2nd 2013



4693 Comments


Cool review bra

The one thing that raised my eyebrow was "addition to... increasing discography." Sort of redundant but its whatev

tempest--
June 3rd 2013



10808 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Very good review! Looking forward to hearing this.
I really enjoyed "Surprise" and "We Hate It When You Get What You Want" and the electronic effects didn't seem to intrusive on those tracks, is the rest of the album more or less like them?

PistolPete
June 3rd 2013



3462 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Wow the singles were making me think this was the exact opposite of what i wanted and then I listen and it's completely different and close to what I wanted in the first place

Digging: Jolly - The Audio Guide to Happiness (Part 1)

NonApplicable
June 3rd 2013



1826 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

is the rest of the album more or less like them?

Not really like "Surprise" but the rest of the album is comparable to the other song you mentioned. In
fact, I'd say "We Hate..." is probably one of the most electronic influenced tracks.



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