Three Days Grace Share The Struggle Of The ‘Human’ Condition
With fresh blood to pump new life into this already well established hard rock band, ‘Three Days Grace’s’ return with their fifth debut release and a brand new singer to remind the public once again and coin a familiar phrase, that we all make mistakes and can share and feel pain, that nobody is perfect and that we are all ‘Human’.
The Canadian quartet has always had a special relationship with their audience. Their dramatic anthems have always hit a high note when relating to the problems of the mass adolescence and the everyday struggles of loss and hurt. Incidentally, their new twelve track album is a prime example of the self help methods encouraged throughout their career and the common problems everyone must consequently experience.
Re-analysing their roots, their latest debut features hard-hitting break-and-re-entrance guitar techniques from Barry Stock as well as a firm beat foundation from drummer Neil Sanderson and bassist Brad Walst. New on the block but ready to rock, the gravel scratched vocals of Matt Walst grind their way over painful topics of alienation, repressed anger and feeling emotionally damaged to the point of numbness.
The three singles ‘Painkiller’, ‘I Am Machine’ and ‘Human Race’, may have been pre-released to the public between mid 2014 and early 2015, (which would form a cold sweat on any record labels neck as to the run up success rate of the future album based on the singles released) but the sheer praise related to the singles feedback would have been more than enough to make this one of the most anticipated hard rock album releases of the year.
For the first album recorded with the previous frontman of ‘My darkest days’, the transition seems to have been painless and without any negative or noticeable differentiations between singers technique which would consequently alter the bands image/music. The strength of each individual song seems to adequately analyse just how far the band have come as musicians, the real emotions that flow through each lyric and how the talented Mr Walst seems to have found a comfortable position within the group.
Nothing short of a rock tour de force, the nu-metal veterans ‘Human’ shouts out to embrace the reality that those feelings of inadequacy and dejection are shared by your fellow commuters, your work colleagues and even your own family. An adrenaline fueled anthem to tell you that you are not alone in the struggle of the human condition.
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Words by Nathan Roach