Three Days Grace

very poor


by MusicalMark92 USER (2 Reviews)
March 11th, 2019 | 14 replies

Release Date: 2015 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Juvenile lyrics and unimaginative songwriting plague 'Human'.

Coming hot off the heels of 2012’s ‘Transit of Venus’, Three Days Grace appeared as tight knit a group as ever. Things took an unexpected turn, however, when frontman Adam Gontier announced his departure early the next year, stating that he was ready for the next stage of his career. The band wasted no time in finding a replacement in Matt Walst, formerly the vocalist of ‘My Darkest Days’ and younger brother of bassist Brad Walst. Drummer and backing vocalist Neil Sanderson promised a heavier, ‘fresh’ vibe to come in the band’s new material. Singles ‘Painkiller’ and ‘I am Machine’ closed out 2014 for Three Days Grace, with the parent album ‘Human’ released in March of 2015.
Fulfilled promises of ‘heavier’ music are a dime a dozen, and ‘Human’ certainly doesn’t dispel that notion. Lead track and third single ‘Human Race’ opens with a beautiful and magnetic declaration, ‘I don’t belong here, not in this atmosphere’. Unfortunately, that’s where the song’s credentials end, both lyrically and musically. What follows are a series of declarations (e.g. It’s hard sometimes, keeping up with the pace) followed by ‘Yeah, yeah’. The padding isn’t quite as overt in the next track, the aforementioned lead single ‘Painkiller’, which opens on a rather generic but admittedly catchy guitar riff. ‘Fallen Angel’ and ‘Landmine’ follow, the former nothing more than a requisite calm track and the latter a hooky but ultimately unrewarding heavier romp. ‘I am Machine’, the band’s second single, fits right in with the theme of ‘catchy but infantile’ that has encapsulated the first half of the album. ‘There’s beauty in the bleeding, at least you feel something’ croons Walst, exorcising himself of his apparent leftover teenager angst. The next several songs do nothing to redeem the dreary first half of the album. ‘Car Crash’, in particular, comes off as almost comically inept in the lyrical department, with Walst bouncing between the role of victim and onlooker and declaring ad nauseum “I should have stopped at the red light, the red light.” ‘The End is Not the Answer’ picks things up slightly with its earnest attempt at comforting a lost soul, even being so bold as to declare ‘in this life, not the next’. Finally, ‘The Real You’ closes out the album in stereotypically sappy fashion, with Walst declaring ‘I see the real you. Even if you don’t, I do.’ Tackling an album with the theme of human frailty was apparently a tall order for Matt Walst, whose claim to fame prior to Three Days Grace was writing a song called ‘Porn Star Dancing’. We can only hope that his next outing demonstrates more of a seasoned approach to both the musical and lyrical aspects of songwriting.

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March 11th 2019


Album Rating: 2.5

Better than Transit imo, love Painkiller, the rest ranges from decent to mediocre, I don't find nothing awful tbh

Decent first review, pos'd

March 11th 2019


their worst album imo

March 11th 2019


Album Rating: 2.5 | Sound Off

this review is fantastic, I smell Staff material

album is their worst, especially after Transit (which despite what most think I find to be their second best) and it pales in comparison with their latest, which I found to be a huge step up

Digging: Loathe (UK) - I Let It In And It Took Everything

March 11th 2019


Album Rating: 3.5


March 11th 2019


Album Rating: 1.0

of course you do

nice review

March 11th 2019


Album Rating: 3.5

I mean I get why people prefer the old vocalist, but I like the more Pop-esque production and the slower rhythm. To each their own.

March 11th 2019


The production here blowz
Just listen to the drums on Life Starts Now and compare.

March 12th 2019


Album Rating: 4.0

I agree with CaliggyJack.

Digging: Yuri Gagarin - The Outskirts of Reality

March 12th 2019


Album Rating: 1.0

The opener sucks, yeah, yeah

It's hard to stay concious, yeah, yeah

Digging: Gleb Kolyadin - Gleb Kolyadin

March 12th 2019


Album Rating: 1.0

Also the bridge of I Am Machine omg

I remember them saying that song was supposed to sound robotic to reinforce the song's concept. Yea, sure. You guys wrote a full album of this kind of songs, because you couldn't do it better wtf.



I Men Machine

March 12th 2019


Album Rating: 1.5

Three Days Grace hasn't produced a good album since OneX, although Life Starts Now had a few bangers. Idk it's tough.

Adam Gontier's new album under Saint Asonia wasn't any good either, but Happy Tragedy is a killer song, so I take what I can get.

Digging: The Wonder Years - Burst and Decay Vol. 2

April 6th 2019


Super helpful review imho, definitely appreciate the higher lyrical standard your holding this up to

TDG should do the same for themselves and leave the "oh yeahs" to the Demi Lovatos of the world

April 6th 2019


Between adema, drowning pool and this band I don't know which one became more abominable after their first singer quit/died.

May 19th 2019


Album Rating: 2.5

I like Painkiller and Fallen Angel. Although the lyrics to Fallen Angel could be written by a toddler, the melody is beautiful. It’s perfectly tragic. I think Walst doesn’t know how to dig any deeper, and that’s why their lyrics don’t really spark any emotion. It could be from a self help book, or a FB quote.

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