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Transit of Venus
     

Transit of Venus

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by Three Days Grace
 
Open and more intricate, Transit of Venus, the fourth album from Canadian rockers Three Days Grace, finds them elevating their driving sound into something altogether more refined than anything they've done before. While "nuanced" probably isn't a term that people would normally associate with the hard rock outfit, it feels

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Open and more intricate, Transit of Venus, the fourth album from Canadian rockers Three Days Grace, finds them elevating their driving sound into something altogether more refined than anything they've done before. While "nuanced" probably isn't a term that people would normally associate with the hard rock outfit, it feels like an oddly appropriate descriptor for the direction Three Days Grace have taken their sound, setting aside some of the larger-than-life crunch of some of their earlier work to add a level of atmosphere that gives the band the opportunity to stick out from the post-grunge pack. While Transit of Venus certainly has its fair share of fist-pumping anthems, the album is most interesting when the band is finding new inroads to heaviness. Rather than always depending on the guitars' familiar crunch, tracks like "Chalk Outline" and "The High Road" utilize the buzz of droning synths to add a layer of molasses-like thickness to the songs that makes them stand out from the band's guitar-heavy work without feeling so radically different that fans won't know what to make of them. Even when Three Days Grace stick closer to what they've done in the past, a song like album opener "Sign of the Times" shows the band experimenting with atmosphere, scaling back the guitars to let the song breathe a little bit, providing the song with the space necessary to be more, well, spacious. Despite all of this sonic tinkering, the band still manages to insert plenty of those fist-pumping, arena-ready moments into Transit of Venus, providing a familiar landmark to keep fans from getting lost, while also providing the album with enough old-fashioned riffage to show that Three Days Grace haven't given up on rock.

Product Details

Release Date:
10/02/2012
Label:
Rca
UPC:
0887254497424
catalogNumber:
544974
Rank:
3688

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Three Days Grace   Primary Artist
Barry Stock   Guitar,Group Member
Adam Gontier   Guitar,Vocals,Group Member
Neil Sanderson   Drums,Keyboards,Vocals,Group Member
Brad Walst   Bass,Vocals,Group Member

Technical Credits

Michael Jackson   Composer
Bill Bottrell   Composer
Don Gilmore   Composer,Producer
Barry Stock   Composer
Craig Wiseman   Composer
Mark Kiczula   Engineer
Chris Wallin   Composer
Three Days Grace   Composer,Art Direction
Neil Sanderson   Programming
Chris Feldman   Art Direction
Matt Walst   Composer
Rob Hawkins   Composer
Jaren Johnson   Composer
Chris Tompkins   Composer
Walter Nomura   Illustrations

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Transit of Venus 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love this band! The CD is awesome! I love the design of it, the music quality is great, I love cranking my stereo in my jetta. :)  Very pleased with the product! 5 stars!
Joyachiever More than 1 year ago
“Transit To Venus” by Three Days Grace continues the alternative rock saga that marks Three Days Grace. “Chalk Outline”, “High Road”, “Give In To Me”, “Happiness”, “Expectations”, and “Unbreakable Heart” are some of the multiple songs on this cd that create a good blend of vulnerable and genuine emotion. “Transit To Venus” is great for those who at least like alternative rock and/or the songs “Animal I Have Become” “Never Too Late”, and/or “Pain.”