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Album Review

A Day To Remember – Bad Vibrations

A Day To Remember - Bad Vibrations

A different side to A Day To Remember.

Label: ADTR Records
Released: 2nd September 2016

Rating: ★★★★

‘Bad Vibrations’ is the soundtrack to A Day To Remember’s four years of painful waiting for the court hearing to finalise their fate in a battle against their record label.  It’s unsurprising then that it’s far darker in tone than anything the band can profess to have penned before.  While their hardcore element has always gone hard and brutal, it’s the unparalleled bleak undertone that makes this album so unique in their arsenal.

A glance at the tracklisting shows you the mindset of the band going in to record: ‘Paranoia’, ‘Naivety’, ‘Exposed’.  It’s a hall of fame for brief, pertinent and disillusioned song titles.

The title track opens the record and is the epitome of the austere route the band have been forced to take this time around.  With its lack of overt and bright melodic chorus that has so long appeared as the essence of A Day To Remember, they choose instead to battle on with Parkway Drive style power.  

Lead single, ‘Paranoia’, serves to somewhat alleviate the sombreness of ‘Bad Vibrations’ with more than an allusion to a bouncing chorus, but it’s impossible to get away from the oppressing tone that hangs like a black cloud over the record.

It’s a theme that continues on tracks like ‘Exposed’ and ‘Reassemble’ that play host to an atmospheric grandeur tainted by the band’s troubled outlook.

‘We Got This’ is a moment where A Day To Remember’s resilience throughout their turmoil is boasted as it sees a return of the joyful swagger that ‘Common Courtesy’ championed.  It’s a moment of optimism that is much needed particularly after the anthemic call to arms, ‘Justified’ that poignantly paints a picture of demons that A Day To Remember are exorcising on every track on ‘Bad Vibrations’

‘Forgive and Forget’ provides one final harsh line under the whole debacle in a melancholy tone fit for the closing argument.

‘Bad Vibrations’ is a different side to A Day To Remember that they didn’t want to have to show us.  It’s a product of necessity and it would have been wrong for the tone of the record to be anything but darkness given what they’ve been through. Jack Glasscock