Canada’s own Post-Hardcore outfit Silverstein are back again with their latest release Dead Reflection and my friends… I believe this to be one of the best albums of 2017. In an interview on June 15th, 2017 vocalist Shane Told spoke about the writing of Dead Reflection: “Going through the last year of my life, I’ve learned so much about myself, and at a relatively old age I think that’s been really productive for me. Despite going through these dark times, I’ve ended up in a place where I’ve never been happier — I’ve never felt more confident and alive. That’s a great message to pass on to people; it doesn’t matter whether you’re a teenager or in your 30s — you can find that happiness, and sometimes you have to go through hell to find it. That’s what this record is about.”
Dead Reflection opens with the incredibly hard hitting “Last Looks”, giving us a super catchy riff accompanied by some of the most mesmerizing vocals I have ever heard. Alongside these phenomenal vocals are some super commendable drums that really help in shaping this opening track as one of the best of the album, this always features a rather hard hitting breakdown.
Track number two comes in the form of “Retrograde”, the first single, which starts with another great opening riff that kicks your ass instantly, accompanied by some more melodic and unique clean vocals this song gets me pumped!
“Lost Positives “ begins with even more powerful riff work but very quickly takes a step back into a relaxed melodic verse showing a more chilled vibe to this album. I must also add that this song has one of the most upbeat and catchy choruses I have heard in a long time.
This brings us to my personal favourite song off this album, “Ghost”. “Ghost” is an absolute banger from the very beginning from the opening riff to the very end; this is one of those songs that will make you want to jump. It has the most memorable lyrics on the entire album.
Songs such as “Aquamarine”, “Afterglow”, “Cut and Run” & “Demons” seemed to just blend into the album as nothing caught my ear but that’s not to say these songs aren’t worth listening to.
“Mirror Box” shows us another example of Silverstein’s incredible ability to write a powerful opening riff only to take us back into a more mellow verse, a nice and catchy song throughout.
Third last is “Secret’s Safe”, this song seems to be the softest side of the album; giving off a melodic soothing vibe throughout, even once the distorted guitars kick in we can hear the pure emotion in the voice of lead vocalist Shane Told so be sure to get your lighters out for this one!
Whiplash continues on with the raw emotion featured in “Secret’s Safe” but with a more aggressive approach. The album ends with what I believe is the perfect ending to such a solid album, the track “Wake Up”. “Wake Up” takes a slower paced approach and is relaxed throughout most of the song and picks up the pace a bit towards the end bringing out that final hit of emotion to tie things up.