It’s been a fifteen year trek for Canadian screamo pioneers Silverstein. In a genre of inconsistent bands that rarely stand the test of an album cycle, let alone seven full-length releases while selling over one million albums worldwide, Silverstein are a model of hard work and consistency. Yet, with I Am Alive In Everything I Touch Silverstein have not gotten comfortable and continue to push the envelope.
After a small intro, the album kicks into full gear with the lead single “A Midwestern State Of Emergency”, which is a pummeling reminder that the screamo vets are at the top of their game. There were a lot of die hard fans across the board worried that signing to metalcore giant Rise Records would a result in a change to Silverstein’s trademark sound. This proves to be far from the truth as this album refuses to incorporate the metalcore cliches Silverstein have avoided throughout their career.
After a couple listens the thing that sticks out to me most is the way that Silverstein have managed to recapture every aspect of their past, no doubt influenced by their 10 year anniversary tour for Discovering The Waterfront, while never sounding stale or like they are trying to recapture past glory. Songs such as “Face Of The Earth” remind me of the good parts of 2007’s Arrivals & Departures while “Heaven, Hell, and Purgatory” feels like a When Broken Is Easily Fixed throwback.
Silverstein also manage to throw in some new tricks as well. The beautiful and haunting ballad “Late On The Fifth” sounds like an homage to Jimmy Eat World‘s Futures album in the best way possible. “Milestone” has a major hardcore influence, most comparable to Ohio’s Beartooth, with a driving punk chorus. And finale track, “Toronto (unabridged)” is easily the best acoustic number Silverstein have turned in since the iconic “My Heroine”. The only song that fails to live up to the rest of the album is “Desert Nights” which, in fairness, would be a solid addition to the album if the quality of the songs around it didn’t make it seem like a slight filler.
Without a doubt, I Am Alive In Everything I Touch is yet another step up for a band that have made a career out of progressing without abandoning the sound their fans have come to love. The more impressive thing is that Silverstein continue to find new ways to grow their popularity without gimmicks or sacrificing who they are. This why a band who was a lifeline for people like myself growing up are finding a new generation of fans discovering for the first time what non-generic heavy music with passion and heart truly sounds like.