ADTR releases new album
Published: Thursday, October 10, 2013
Updated: Thursday, October 10, 2013 00:10
Despite being in the middle of a lawsuit with Victory Records, A Day to Remember has released their latest album “Common Courtesy” independent from their label as of Oct, 8.
The lawsuit, which involved the band as the plaintiff party and the label as the defendant, is a dispute essentially over ownership of material and money owed.
Plain and simple, Victory Records tried to claim ownership of one of the previous albums without the band’s consent, and they were quite upset. Upset enough to join “the long list of bands who have filed lawsuits against Victory Records” according to a statement issued by the band.
Regardless of the controversy, the album is out, and the only thing lacking in quality is the marketing, of which Victory would have been responsible for, had the band released their album under the label as opposed to independently.
However, the band is currently on tour and will be playing a show in Connecticut at the Mohegan Sun Arena and will surely be doing plenty of advertising, distributing and demonstrating of their new material.
The band is playing along with The Wonder Years, All Time Low and Pierce the Veil. A lot of people know about All Time Low and their super pop-punky sound, quite the opposite of Pierce the Veil who are much more on the hardcore end of the spectrum.
This is very appropriate for the show since ADTR falls somewhere in the middle of the two. That said each band, including The Wonder Years, have their own followings and while tastes may spill over from band to band.
Some fans will be there strictly for All Time Low and others for Pierce the Veil. A Day to Remember, who is the headliner is just a bonus, even with the excitement of their new album.
The album is 13 songs long and is an appropriate blend of stereotypical hardcore vocals mixed with clean vocals that gives the band that middle ground that they love because it really broadens their fan-base.
A Day to Remember is famous for having alternating clean vocals with screaming Fans respect that they are somewhat hardcore but still have words that the human ear can comprehend and that it isn’t literally painful to listen to, like many hardcore bands.
Enjoying a bit of screaming in your music is definitely an acquired taste, much like scotch or the smell of gasoline.
Even if you happen to be one of the people that can’t stand screaming in their music, there are a few tracks that are almost purely clean vocals, and one acoustic song which really brought them over to the softer side, so give the album a listen and there might be a few that you like and maybe the rest will grow on you.
One of my biggest complaints about the band in general is that previously they were just one big rhythm section. The guitar parts weren’t very melodic, just heavy chugging, even in the complex rhythms they get boring. If there are trebly melodic parts, they are so drowned out in the mix that they hardly matter.
This album did a much better job of bringing in complexity without relying too much on breakdowns than previous albums.
What it did not do was move away from the cliché lyrics that plagued the last few albums. They are and have been vague and uninteresting. They are also very rarely aimed at anyone or anything specific.
There is one song toward the end of the album “The Document Speaks For Itself,” which may or may not be about the bands feud with Victory Records, like I said, the lyrics are so vague that it is difficult to tell.
The album was decent, I’d give it an 8 out of 10. Fans will be satisfied that the sound hasn’t changed too much, but is still different enough that they can distinguish it from other works.