Reviewed! Silverstein - Rescue

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Silverstein are good at what they do. If their latest, Rescue, proves nothing else, it at least proves that. And by now, you should know what you’re getting into with each new Silverstein record – this band isn’t out to surprise you, it’s just not in their makeup. But just because they’re not pulling a My Chemical Romance or Linkin Park chameleon act on you album to album doesn’t mean that the final product is going to be anything less than tremendous. Silverstein isn’t into altering their sonic DNA just because that’s the new trend or fashionable thing to do. They just don’t have to. No, instead this Burlington, Ontario product have stuck to their guns and kept with what brought them to the dance so to speak throughout the years, and for that simple fact Rescue is a rousing success.

Now, that opening diatribe what it is, Rescue is anything but a ‘safe’ record. Hey, listen, Silverstein isn’t Senses Fail, that’s for damn sure. One could also think that following a label switch that Silverstein would play things close to the vest and drop a ‘safe’ release with Rescue, but rest assured that the change from Victory to Hopeless holds no bearing here whatsoever.

Rescue is as good as Silverstein has been in recent memory, sounding as close to the suitable follow-up to 2005’s Discovering the Waterfront that fans have been clamoring for as ever. The concepts were left with a Shipwreck in the Sand so the band could focus more on the formula that garnered them a fan base in the first place – easily relatable songwriting, visceral shredding and high-arching, hook-laden tunes that have the ability to go from a soft tenor to vitriol-spewing harangues with the flip of a switch. Truth be told (get the pun?), frontman Shane Told continues to be one of the most underrated lead throats in the scene, and that’s evident from the get go with “Medication” and “Sacrifice,” and by the time you’re half a dozen songs in and tag team combo of Bayside’s Anthony Raneri (“Texas Mickey”) and Counterpart’s Brendan Murphy (“the Artist”) pop up on wax, it’s too late because you’re already hooked.

Rescue is the best of Silverstein, both old and new, and it seems if the label change did anything, it energized the band. Or pissed them off, either or. And either way you look at it, Rescue is still as good as the band has been in years.

Grade: A-
Go Download: “Sacrifice”