There are three Canadian Bands I can never get enough of. We can talk about if they are metal, punk, post hardcore, hardcore, or whatever sub-genre you feel they should be in some other time. The three bands are: Cancer Bats, Alexisonfire, and of course Billy Talent. I have had the pleasure of talking with members of all three bands and have had the amazing experience of seeing them live. All experiences that motivate me to keep writing!
With the recent parting of Alexisonfire and Cancer Bats already dropping a masterpiece this year I am very excited to bring you the new Billy Talent – Dead Silence.
There are three specific tracks I would like to focus on today not because they stand out as “better,” but because they show the maturity and confidence Billy Talent has gained as Canada’s most successful punk band:
Viking Death March is the very classic sound of Billy Talent and shares the intensity of other massive hits they have had. The song is something that gives back to the fans that have loved them from the early days. I find when bands decide to take their sound in a new direction they forget about the older fans who love their current sound. Billy Talent has allowed for this and give us something we as fans can hold onto as we sample newer sounds and expressions from the band.
Man Alive is a strong punk track that comes out hard and apologizes for nothing. This is straight ahead and to the point, lead by some incredible drum work by Aaron that makes you realize the talent that is sitting in that seat. The bass line by Jon seems to roam at times and gives the song much more depth than your traditional punk track.
The title track Dead Silence has Ben’s vocals in fine form belting out the lyrics in a similar fashion to Fallen Leaves but with an aggressiveness that really sells the song. The song writing creates a very compelling story and draws you into it in a fashion that is nothing like Billy Talent has really produced in the past. This is must hear song as it will mean something different to every listener. If this is the way Billy Talent is moving in the future then you can count me in.
Overall the album Dead Silence is a march through the old and the new of Billy Talent. As a long time fan I can safely say the future of Canadian mainstream punk is safe in the hands of our greatest talent.
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