|'Killing Time' Review|
|01-03-2011 09:17 | 0 comment(s)|
| Queens based quartet, Bayside turn the confusion and clutter of finding your place in life into an explosive, utterly enjoyable listen on their fifth studio album. Produced by rock veteran Gil Norton (Foo Fighters, The Pixies), the album roars out of the speakers with a burly guitar-driven sound that treads a fine line between pop-punk and metal. From the squealing metal guitar winding its way through chunky punk riffs on "The New Flesh" to the glossy aerosol-loving solo, recalling late eighties hair bands, on self-destructive "The Wrong Way", Bayside succeed in kicking your ass musically while delivering memorable, cathartic hooks.
You would want to call the gooey melodic hook of "It's Not A Bad Little War", gleefully promising, "We are our only chance in the world / If fate should fail us, then hope will see us through", or shout-a-long post-breakup "Sick, Sick, Sick" pop-punk, but guitarist Jack O'Shea slathers on way more guitar than legally allowed on anything considered pop. The album strikes a solid balanced between soul searching, as on gristly guitar haze and thick beat of "Seeing Sound" and shifty, cluttered change of pace "Sinking And Swimming On Long Island", and navigating failed relationships, telling off an uncaring lover through the swarm of buzzing guitars on "Already Gone". From the addiction riddled "Mona Lisa" to the piano based power ballad of "On Love, On Life", Bayside deliver an energetic, hard-charging album that is hard to put any label on other than damn good.