When vocalist Adam Gontier quit Three Days
Grace in between a touring session, it seemed a fair assumption that the
band would call it quits. However, Matt
Walst of My Darkest Days has
come across as quite a strong fit in the band’s sixth studio album ‘Human’, even in the face of the tough
challenge of replacing Gontier, known for establishing the sound of the band. ‘Human’
comprises of 12 songs and for the most part, sounds like typical Three Days
Grace material. Nevertheless, the overall sound of the album indicates the fact
the Walst’s vocals seek to explore new dimensions.
opening track “Human Race” which
sets the tone for the rest of the album. The song is laden with fullness in its
sound, with memorable guitars, noteworthy vocals which put forth a good deal of
emotion, and a catchy groove. The guitar solo towards the end of the song is a
splendid one, and is one of the few things that make the guitars stand out in
the album. However, the song is quite captivating and takes care not to go
overboard. “Painkiller” follows next
and features good guitars, symbolic lyrics, an interesting theme, and in a
nutshell, is a decent song. The next song “Fallen
Angel” has a somewhat narrative approach put forth by the vivid and
awe-inspiring concept of struggles with one’s inner self, good and evil. The
song upholds some variety in elements like the slow beginning which leads to
the rather hard-hitting chorus. “Fallen Angel” has a brilliant progression
which renders its sound quite powerful!
Grace music is dark and a tad melancholic in its own way, laden with regular
song structures, simple guitars and memorable vocal melodies, but lacking in
next song “Landmine”, which adopts a
hard-hitting approach and is one of the best songs in the album. “Tell Me Why” tones down the ferocity
and is reminiscent of the overall essence of “Fallen Angel”. The song has a
noteworthy chorus and speaks of the diversity that Walst’s vocals are capable
of. The next song “I Am Machine” is
a thematically strong one and is based on the concept of the numbness brought
into our lives by endless routines, laced around the metaphor of a machine.
Lyrically and otherwise, this song is probably the best on the album and also
accentuates the beautiful vocal melody.
Days Grace essence and hasn’t remarkably explored any new areas. ‘Human’ is in fact quite similar to ‘Transit of Venus’ in terms of the
ideas, the way the albums proceeds and identical structures and themes.
brings in some variety by sounding a little different from the rest of the
songs and introducing some surprise elements. Following this, “Car Crash” starts off rather slow and
then features a nice transition into an upbeat pace. The metaphorical
songwriting and the transition from quietness to aggression is noteworthy.
Too Many” and “The End Is Not The
Answer” are predictable Three Days Grace songs with nice vocal melodies.
Lyrically, the first two songs aren’t specific and are left up to the
interpretation of the listener, which is commendable. The last song on the
album “The Real You” is another one of
the slower songs and induces a somewhat atmospheric thought process with a dash
of welcome variety in the well-executed work on the piano. “The Real You” gives
the album just the perfect finish.
memorable vocals and changing paces. However, the repetitiveness in the album
cannot be ignored. Repetition can be perceived in numerous ways and is
sometimes even a welcome element. But the flaw lies where repetition makes the