Arrivals & Departuresby Silverstein
When you think of post-hardcore, you usually think of vocalists who still scream their head off, with music that includes mostly alt rock elements. But bands like Silverstein prove that the playing field for what is considered post-hardcore has been broadened considerably -- especially as evidenced by their 2007 release, Arrivals & Departures. Hooking up with renowned hit-making producer Mark Trombino (who has worked with blink-182, Jimmy Eat World, and Sugarcult, among others) shows that Silverstein is looking to expand their fan base considerably, and the melodic-yet-tough tunes throughout Arrivals & Departures prove that they have accomplished their goal. In fact, on such selections as "If You Could See Into My Soul" (the album's first single), it sounds like the band has two singers -- a pop singer and a hardcore screamer -- but it turns out it's just ol' Shane Told doing his best Dr. Jeckyll and Mr. Hyde impersonation. Refusing to align themselves completely with either hard rock or hardcore, many of the tracks feature equal amounts of each -- especially the album opening "Sound of the Sun" and "Worlds Apart." While not a true hardcore album, Arrivals & Departures should help introduce this style to the pop legion.
- Release Date:
- Victory Records
Performance CreditsSilverstein Primary Artist
Mark Trombino Percussion
Neil Boshart Guitar,Vocals,Group Member
Josh Bradford Guitar,Vocals,Group Member
Shane Told Guitar,Vocals,Group Member
Paul Koehler Drums,Vocals,Group Member
Billy Hamilton Bass,Vocals,Group Member
Technical CreditsMark Trombino Producer,Engineer,Audio Production
Mike Fasano Drum Technician
Carlos de la Garza Engineer
Silverstein Composer,Art Direction
Neil Boshart Composer
Josh Bradford Composer
Shane Told Composer
Martin Wittfooth Artwork
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silverstein's newest album does not fall short of amazing (again!). there are enough tracks to satisfy both hardcore fans and people who don't like screaming as much. I highly recommend this album to all.
Aside from this being the exact same exact record as Discovering the Waterfront, there isn't really much wrong with Silverstein's third record for the ill-fated and deservedly-trashed Victory label. Each member plays their respective instruments competently and with some conviction, the harmonies and melodies are nicely executed, and the scream-to-sing ratio is " as usual" in check nicely. However, the fact that the band has yet to push the envelope in any way since their formation almost a decade ago is discouraging and begins to wain on whatever little credibility the band has managed to muster from previous efforts. In a genre where musical growth is an absolute must but is often met with ridicule from a certain percentage of fans, Silverstein has decided to stay the same and not take any chances. There's absolutely no difference between & quot Sound of the Sun& quot " the opener of this record" and & quot Your Sword vs. My Dagger& quot " the opening track of the band's last record" . In fact, if you went down the list and compared each track to its counterpart on another record, you'd be hard-pressed to find any distinct similarities, except for maybe & quot If You Could See Into My Soul& quot , a track that manages to healthily experiment just a little and ends up being the best cut here. If you can get past all that " and that's a big if" Arrivals & amp Departures is another fine foray into the world of melodic pop/hardcore that Silverstein has been known for since they signed to Victory in 2002. However, it doesn't seem likely that their fans will be content with a release like this, and if the band doesn't do something to up the ante on a substantial level for their next effort, they won't have much of a fan base left for them. If they do manage to maintain popularity after that, it'll just be one more dagger into the heart of what used to be a meaningful and exciting genre but has now grown into a predictable and extremely marketable bastardization. Stick to the band& #8217 s last record, there& #8217 s no real need for this to even exist.
In this album, Silvertein tried screaming a little more. This was nice and refreshing change for fan but also disappointing. This was their start of transferring to the popular genres and "scene" bands. There are a couple catchy songs like "Still Dreaming" and "Worlds Apart" but not any other notable mentions. If you happen to be interested in the "scene" music style, then i suggest this album. It doesn't really stand out much, but is good for any Silverstein fan.