Album Review: A Day To Remember – ‘Bad Vibrations’

A Day To Remember have been a well-known name in the metalcore scene. From their insane riffs, to the epic breakdowns, the journey that this band has had over the last few years have been crazy. Having to deal with lawsuits and everything else bringing them down, Bad Vibrations represents growth for the band. Hitting harder with much more aggression, this record defines them as individuals not afraid to go back to their roots. Bad Vibrations is the sixth record from the Floridian outfit and it’s won’t be long until these tunes become a global standout. The five-piece are a lot angrier in this one; more passionate in their songwriting and going at lengths by progressively becoming louder and much more distinctive in their sound. For those who have adored their previous records such as For Those Who Have Heart and What Separates Me From You, you’re gonna love this one.

a130b2496e20367116e88c9c9d2ebe52.649x619x1There’s no need for introduction as soon as you hear the intense number of “Bad Vibrations”. Being so in-your-face, energetic with raving instrumentation that could easily blow out each ear, there’s no such thing as a watered down version of A Day To Remember. Letting out all the steam while giving out those pulsating rhythmic riffs and earth-shattering drums, frontman Jeremy McKinnon steals the spotlight once again with his impeccable vocals. Fast-paced while also bringing down those thunderous yet invigorating tunes, “Paranoia” and “Bullfight” go hand-in-hand as it’s the heaviest we’ve seen A Day To Remember come through as a band.

Because of how angry these songs are, the atmosphere it creates is full-forced and the instrumentation doesn’t hold back from anything; it’s relentless and unforgiving. Though the first half of the record is packed filled with tunes that showcase the five-piece as fiends of the metalcore/pop punk niche genre, some of the instrumentation does sound a little repetitive as tracks seem to blur in together. However, things pick up to speed when the second half of the record is introduced.

Favourable tracks such as “Justified” and “We Got This” cement A Day To Remember as a force of unity and kindred spirit, with McKinnon utilising his clean vocals to his full advantage with guitars and drums blossoming in every corner. A bit more vibrant with a little more colour, these songs are quite fitting to the fun side of the band, resonating a similar vibe to Common Courtesy’s “Right Back At It Again” and “City of Ocala”. With a surprising ending to the record, “Forgive and Forget” uses orchestral elements creating a sombre atmosphere to the track. Not only have the five-piece experimented more with the second half of the record, there’s a sense of appreciation for this ballad, using a minimalistic approach to how they deliver their material.

Whether you’re a new or old fan of A Day To Remember, Bad Vibrations is a record that revels in their older sound with a profound maturity progression that exists among these catalogue of tracks. With ferocious melodies and breakdowns, accompanied by powerful and introspective lyrics, the five-piece deliver a strong contending title for heavy music this year.

Bad Vibrations will be available September 2 via ADTR Records / Epitaph Records