Get Scared
The Dead Days


5.0
classic

Review

by Shamus248 USER (80 Reviews)
April 21st, 2019 | 29 replies


Release Date: 04/19/2019 | Tracklist

Review Summary: "I'm afraid I won't see better days."

Get Scared is among the first bands I was drawn to during high school when I was first getting into metal and heavy music in general. It was music like theirs that led me to attending 5 Warped Tours and this vast ocean of music I've fallen in love with since. So, I owe them a lot and it makes it all the more tragic to see the turmoil they've fought through over the past few years. As of this writing, lead singer Nick Matthews has yet to drop a promised explanation as to whether he's actually out of the band and if the band itself will even go on. The Dead Days has been completed and delayed for some time, as Nick Matthew's recovery from a heroin addiction has left the rest of the band uncomfortable around him. Not only has this stalled touring or any activity from the group, but left their entire future up in the air. This may very well be the end of Get Scared, and if it is, what a way to go out.

The Dead Days is a particularly dark and somber incarnation of the bitter, angsty Get Scared that put out some of the genre's best work this decade. The theatrics of Everyone's Out to Get Me and the brooding tension of Demons is all still here, but it finds Nick Matthews and crew at the pinnacle of their talents and perhaps at the height of their dance with the devil. Led by Johnny Braddock on lead guitar, the instrumental work is heavy and ripe with inertia in an age where core groups are more concerned with bells and whistles to sell a few more copies; interestingly enough, Nick Matthews has stated on Instagram that he's unsure if this album will even see a physical release. The vocals and lyrical content are especially emotive, coming to light in a barrage of conflict I doubt I've ever seen in modern heavy metal.

Album opener "Bad Things" is just mesmerizing. Nick Matthews lets it all hang out to dry. He certainly lets you know that he's lonely and misunderstood, but also self-aware, recognizing the danger he and his vices might carry behind them. Given the tumultuous fallout with the band in recent months, it makes the lyrics all the more cryptic. "Bury me in misery and pain. I'm afraid I won't see better days. Wide awake, they don't know how I feel," he cries out. For a song this dark, it's awfully infectious in its singalong value, and the ear-worminess almost seems emblematic of how Nick's viewing things internally. He knows he needs to dig himself out of the hole, but he appears to morbidly enjoy it at the same time.

"Deceiver" follows the same mold in terms of the catchier composition. If you're not invested in what Nick has to say, the song serves quite well as a chance to just jam out. "So now I'm over you," Nick plainly exclaims backed by some rollicking hard rock energy in contrast to some of this album's heavier, breakneck moments. "Hell Is Where The Heart Is" sees Nick letting his tortured soul out in open once more, but perhaps he's crying out for help. "I'm burning out the light that's in my soul," he warns. As the song progresses, the lyrics become less cryptic and it becomes known to the listener that Nick might be closer to his breaking point than he may have previously hinted. "Now I'm at the end of my rope," he sings. If you are, in fact, hanging on to every word, this is one of many moments on The Dead Days that will hit you in the gut.

"Give Up My Ghost" offers what might be the smallest sliver of sunlight found on this entire project. "I don't wanna go this alone," Matthews pleas, backed by some great drumming from Dan Juarez. It's certainly slim pickens on that front; "Like It Or Not" sees Nick thank some nameless muse for being there for him through the bad times, but perhaps he's expressing thankfulness for the drugs and vices that put him there to begin with. The lyrics are open ended and your mileage may vary, but it's left this listener wondering if Nick knows it's bad for him, but he's too far gone to care.

The album's title track "The Dead Days" touches base on the inevitability of life's greatest tragedy; the only thing it promises us is that it's going to end. Once again, Nick Matthews and company relish in it. The instrumental work feels almost too ebullient and upbeat backing up lyrical content this dark and self-referential. "Silence" sees Nick at arguably his most bitter. "Do you even remember what we were up against," he taunts a former companion who appears to have abandoned him. "Time Keeps Running" houses lyrics that reference the band's 2012 EP Built for Blame, Laced with Shame in what is most certainly a jab at former lead singer Joel Faviere, who's currently serving twelve years on child porn charges. There's a lot going on through this track, and it's hauntingly overwhelming to watch the band bludgeon the listener with all they have to offer.

"Goodbye Soul" closes out The Dead Days in vintage Get Scared fashion. The instrumentals are among the hardest hitting found throughout the album. This time, Nick is once again addressing the conclusiveness of where hard luck has led the group. "No one can stop the rain," they repeat, until it's embedded in your mind and you're left lingering on what they mean. The Dead Days closes on that, and while all eleven songs here are God damn enjoyable to listen to, the lyrical content is a rollercoaster of emotions that leave you mixed and conflicted.

As of this writing, Nick Matthews is doing better. He insists music -Get Scared in particular- is his life, he's taking up art and working his way back from his addiction. He's certainly not lost in the abyss that engulfed Chester Bennington on One More Light and he might not even he battling the same kind of demons that nearly took Adam Gontier's life on One-X. But The Dead Days is still a sea of bitterness that treks through peaks and valleys (if you can even call them that) of disgust and even defeat. It's emblematic of where Get Scared is as a whole. It might already be too late. The band is on an indefinite hiatus and perhaps mere minutes from the time I hit "submit", Nick will reach out to explain what's going on. For the moment, however, we can only speculate. It's uncertain what the future holds for Get Scared, and if they will even have a future. Of course, I hope this isn't the end. But if it is, I couldn't have foreseen a better way to go out, because The Dead Days might go down as the best work Get Scared ever put out, even if they battled through hell and back to do so.



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veninblazer
April 21st 2019


10193 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0 | Sound Off

Well, this one caught my eye just as I was about to log off for the night. Great review dude. POS

Hawks
April 21st 2019


73729 Comments


This looks awesome.

Shamus248
April 21st 2019


463 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

thanks man

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veninblazer
April 21st 2019


10193 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0 | Sound Off

@Hawks: This album probably isn't for you, not gonna lie. It's certainly not what I'd expect you to dig, at least.

Hawks
April 21st 2019


73729 Comments


Idk I dig some stuff like this. Just depends really.

veninblazer
April 21st 2019


10193 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0 | Sound Off

@Hawks: Fair enough. I honestly think you'd like Demons more than this one, man. It almost feels darker than this thematically to me, and it's not quite as poppy and infectious.

igordrago
April 21st 2019


116 Comments


Review was good but highly doubt this is a 5. Actually 5 is a classic, not a chance in hell this a classic record.

WeepinnWillow
April 21st 2019


862 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0 | Sound Off

Great review, pos'd!

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dswhite85
April 22nd 2019


31 Comments


You also gave Rascal Flatts a 5. You can not be trusted.

Sinternet
April 22nd 2019


21120 Comments


a 1 without listening sounds good to me

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WeepinnWillow
April 22nd 2019


862 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0 | Sound Off

@sin at least give it a fair shot fam

Shamus248
April 23rd 2019


463 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

damn right i did!

Danred97
April 23rd 2019


2470 Comments


Why do I feel this album doesn’t justify two 5/5 reviews?

DreamAgain
April 23rd 2019


1157 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

^ Because I'm fairly sure the cult following this band apparently has is 95% their own members and blood relatives.





And people from LAYTON Utah. Best city EVER!

Danred97
April 23rd 2019


2470 Comments


Honest question, if I have no connection to this band other than liking that song they did with Craig Mabbit back in the day, will I get anything out of this, or is it that type of album that you can only “get” if I grew up with them?

DreamAgain
April 23rd 2019


1157 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

It's a very competent post-hardcore album that sounds like a million other bands and a million other songs done a million other times. There's nothing obscure about them and nothing to "get". If you enjoy the genre I'd expect you'd enjoy this. It's the same crap, just better than most.



Honestly just listen to the first track, Bad Things, and you'll know right away if this is your jam or not. Also, this isn't their best album.



As far as why every album they've made is 5'd on here I don't know, but with opinions such as "the overwhelming heart the band poured into it cemented Best Kind of Mess as not only their finest work, but one of the most underrated rock albums of all time" we can just take it and leave it.

Kompys2000
April 23rd 2019


3395 Comments


@DreamAgain I live less than an hour away from Layton and I can assure you it's not even the best city in that county.

Danred97
April 23rd 2019


2470 Comments


Yeah after scanning some more tracks I’ll probably put this on the back burner. It sounds good, but nothing that I need to rush to check out. Maybe I’ll give it a full listen on a slow week.

Shamus248
April 25th 2019


463 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

DreamAgain, this is the 2nd time I've seen you comment on Get Scared since this album dropped. Honestly, you come across as being offended by people liking them, which is funny cause you 4'd this album.

DreamAgain
April 25th 2019


1157 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Literally the last thing I typed in this comment section was that it was a very competent album if you like this type of music.



I'm not even close to "offended" over people liking this band but the fact that their entire disco is 5'd + this latest album got 5'd twice within hours is just unworthy, they aren't that good (i wish they were). Plus the reviews are just filled with so much fanboyish shit like calling their first album the most underrated album in the history of rock lmao.





Have you never enjoyed something before and had that enjoyment ruined by someone else who also enjoys it? It's like I feel the need to hate this band now to balance out the world.



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