Some people are saying A Day To Remember’s new album Bad Vibrations cements their place as the kings of metalcore. I say bullshit.
Bad Vibrations starts off with the title track ‘Bad Vibrations’ which didn’t really impress me too much, I mean it’s a decent opener, maybe I expected more. ‘Paranoia’ was a bit more up my alley, very reminiscent of Avenged Sevenfold, aggressive and I love the guitars here. ‘Reassemble’ has to be my personal favourite off Bad Vibrations, it’s A Day To Remember at their metalcore finest to start off with, I mean real balls to the wall stuff, before slowing it down for the finale. Now just to switch it up a bit, I’ll single out something I wasn’t too fond of, ‘Forgive and Forget’ is near the end of the album, where the band sounds like they’re perhaps toying with styles or trying something new and to me it just doesn’t work, ‘Forgive and Forget’ is a slow and almost whiny track and really doesn’t fit in with the rest.
Why I’ve rattled off most of what I liked about Bad Vibrations, the truth is I was far from impressed. I’d kept on hearing how they are this amazing, one of the best in the world metalcore group, while I can’t deny they have some brilliant skills, the fact they are on their 6th album can attest to that. I just feel the way they are presented on Bad Vibrations was all wrong. They describe themselves as a metalcore/pop punk group and in my head I was thinking something along the lines of Beartooth which combines core with punk perfectly, sadly I was wrong. What it means is they don’t combine those two genres in their music, they do both and have a spilt album. So next time A Day To Remember release an album I won’t be dropping everything to get my hands on it like I did for Bad Vibrations, in fact I might just miss it altogether.
Written by Dan Harlond