An album that’s at its very best when it gets weird and loud.
Sometimes bands put themselves on music lockdown when recording a new album; avoiding all other mediums in fear of subconsciously impacting their own work. On ‘Pull The Thorns From Your Heart’ though, Senses Fail allow the influences to fully flood in.
With no obvious shift away from their post-hardcore roots, the New Jersey quintet focus on being as heavy as they can. ‘The Courage Of An Open Heart’, ‘Dying Words’ and opener ‘The Three Marks Of Existence’ achieve this new-found force in fearless form, while ‘The Importance of the Moment Of Death’ emphasises an intentional Rage Against The Machine influence.
Most notably, it’s the unapologetic nods to Deftones that make tracks like ‘Take Refuge’, ‘Carry The Weight’ and ‘Wounds’ stand out from the pack. As Buddy declares: “Depressions, anxiety and shame, they almost killed me. Obsession, addiction and pain, they almost killed me,” it’s clear that honesty is the best policy. In fact, the entire album is laced with lyrics about loss, misdirection and fear, before notes of courage and compassion read like a letter to the frontman’s former self. “Be the change you see,” he concludes.
Final track ‘My Fear Of An Unlived Life’ exposes Buddy’s most vulnerable state,. Despite their accomplished approach to screamo, it’s the weird and noisy moments that deserve to played loudest. Jessica Bridgeman