Review Summary: Beats One-X in my opinion. Wish people would stop calling it Tranist Of My Penis
A lot of rock artists these days are experimenting with their music. They have too, the music industry is a tough one, you have to adapt to survive. A lot of bands have broken away from their staple sound, case and point Linkin Park, and KoRns latest, The Path of Totality (shudder). Sadly, Linkin Parks later albums disappointed fans of Hybrid Theory and Meteora, as did Path of Totality KoRns fans. But Three Days Grace seemed to have succeeded with what I would call their strongest effort yet.
Transit Of Venus is of course going to gain much controversy with TDG's fans, as any album will when taking a new direction. You will often find it split 50/50, half of the fans praising them for the change, half the fans condemning them to Hell for it. But Transit Of Venus seems to have won over more of their fans, simply for the reason that its still ol' Three Days Grace, but with a blend of Coldplay (or any generic pop band). It's not like they went all out and hired Skrillex to push his space bar whilst Adam bleated out some generic lyrics about hating anyone and everything (Korn, Im looking at you). For the most part, the album is a hard rocking success.
However there are a few mistakes in this otherwise excellent 44+ minutes of rock. Misery Loves My Company whilst sporting some great lyrics, is just a bit repetitive after a while and just feels like it lasts forever. It's not an awful track, I'm not going to projectile vomit whenever I hear it, it's just very very tempting to skip it when it comes on. Give In To Me is a hard one. Whilst its an enjoyable track, there's just something strange about Three Days Grace covering Michael Jackson. I know they were heading further in that direction, towards pop and further from rock (I hope they don't go all the damn way like LP) but the two just don't seem to mix.
Overall Three Days Grace have made a smart decision to move into this new direction, Im not sure another Life Starts Now would have gone down as well, while Life Starts Now was a great album we don't want it again and again. I highly recommend this album to fans who are willing to give this new blend of Rock and Pop a go.
It's a great shame Adam is leaving the band, but let me assure you it is not because of the new direction the band are taking, it is 1. because of a health issue, and 2. he wants to move on with his musical career. We'll miss him, but its good to see him getting on with his life, and all the best to him
[SIDE NOTE: The album booklet contains some misprints, the lyrics for Broken Glass are missing and instead are the lyrics for Time That Remains, and the lyrics for The High Road are spread over the whole page]
Breaking Benjamin, Incubus, Korn, Seether, Three Days Grace, Taproot, The Hoosiers, The Smiths, The Stranglers, Nirvana,
Metallica, Rammstein, Cold, Candlelight Red, Tool, A Perfect Circle, Puscifer, Nine Inch Nails, Tangerine Dream, Pink Floyd,
Orgy, Of Mice & Men, Flyleaf, Evanescence, The Cranberries, Avril Lavigne, Air, Brian Tyler, Five Finger Death Punch,
MGMT, Love and Death, Wheatus,
Mother of God. Please never put the words Pink Floyd and Avril Lavigne so close to each other ever again, Interesting