First Reaction: Three Days Grace – "Human"
Wed, 25 Mar 2015 10:30:20
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It's often harder to maintain momentum than it is to initially spark it. Fanning that fire isn't easy for any band after four albums. However, Three Days Grace don't just preserve the flame that fueled their fan favorite early work, they ignite it more than ever on Human [RCA Records], out March 31. The hooks are so catchy they're practically atomic with Matt Walst's massive voice leading the charge, Barry Stock's thick and tough riffs and searing solos, Brad Walst's thudding bass, and Neil Sanderson's booming drums.
Human could almost be a direct successor to the group's now classic self-titled debut. It's no surprise in some ways that producer Gavin Brown helmed them both. Everything begins with the epic groundswell of "Human Race," which touts one of the biggest refrains of the group's career to date.
The first single "Painkiller" encapsulates the spirit of the record, initially hinting at what was to come at the heart of human. "Fallen Angel" showcases the cinematic side of the group, telling a powerful story with another unshakable chorus. After the stand out "I Am Machine," "Car Crash" literally piles up into a raw and real explosion before "Nothing Fair In Love and War." However, everything cascades into a pensive blast of energy on "The End Is Not the Answer" and an explosive final world “The Real You."
Three Days Grace forge ahead with the consistency of an AC/DC, always delivering the anthems, and the heart of somebody like Alice in Chains, who encase emotion within raw honest lyricism. It’s something that the world could use a whole lot more. It's also the hallmarks of a great rock record. This is as Human as it gets, and that's why it's Three Days Grace's best work to date.
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