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With this release that is remarkable, ADTR is a group this season to watch. A Day has existed for a little more than 5 years now, playing show after show these days to make a name for themselves, the typical storyline of the majority of groups out there. “What makes ADTR distinct from those groups”” is likely the first question that comes to someone”s head. ADTR has boasted they are the most heavy pop punk group, which may be backed up by their music.

The group”s sound, for those that aren”t familiar together, features the pop punk-like vocals of Jeremy McKinnon with a pop punk sound. The primary difference from most pop punk bands is they throw in post- dislocations with their tunes and hardcore screams. With the release of “Homesick,” the group”s sound hasn’t changed much from previous releases, but ADTR defiantly has created more variety within their tunes. The record starts with “The Downfall Of Us All,” an anthem of forms that showcases their pop punk-like sound. The tune starts with group vocals that mimic. While cheesy, it shows off the group”s funny side with their music.

The tune features a brief number of crying with a dysfunction that is not too significant, but it actually appeals to any enthusiast of pop punk music generally. The tune continues on like this until the drums begin leading up to the break down where McKinnon shouts “This is a battleground!” and is followed by the significant dysfunction. The tune then continues on like it was before the dysfunction that is disorderly. The following track, “I”m Manufactured From Wax Larry, What Are You Made Of””, features gang vocals, a rapid tempo, and a melodic refrain.

The dislocation has an incredibly trendy transition before it where gang vocals make a climbing pitch “Ohhhhh” into a short quiet where you are able to hear someone clearing their throat resulting in duel screaming between McKinnon and The Devil Wears Prada”s Mike Hranica. The duel crying dysfunction is really quite amazing.

The following tune, “NJ Legion Iced Tea,” is a melodic pop punk tune which is among the more powerful tracks on the record. The vocals and guitar riffs actually balance out, and it”s only an excellent tune complete. Another favorite, “Mr. Highway”s Thinking About The End,” is a rather hefty track. The tune includes mainly screams and heavy guitar riffs, and undoubtedly a superb significant break down (for this group at least).

The track actually showcases the group”s skill to play some heavy music, seeing which they tour with some groups which might be considered more significant than they’re (I.e. “Have Faith In Me” is another track that actually shows the group”s light pop punk side. McKinnon”s vocals are among the highlights of the track as he actually reveals that he’s an excellent vocalist. It’s also another one of those hefty tracks the group hasn”t actually been showing off on previous releases. “You Know What You Are” is an excellent metal track.

You might mistake it from The Acacia Strain in the track’s beginning. The track, just about a minute and a half long, actually reveals the group”s hefty side, in addition to a blacker pop punk chorus. “Another Song About The Weekend” is a cheesy pop punk tune that looks like filler. It’s among the few tunes with this record that I simply didn”t care for. The tune begins with acoustic guitars and McKinnon”s soft vocals, shortly to be joined by VersaEmerge”s Sierra Kusterbeck. Kusterbeck”s vocals add a nice touch to the track that really shows emotion and significance. The tune builds up to gang vocals that reveal that ADTR can actually finish an album with a hit and adds drums. Their sound is undoubtedly what defines them from other groups out there, although the group showcases an extensive assortment of sounds on this particular record.

Ocala, FL-based post-hardcore outfit A Day to Remember’s third full length offering starts with the blistering “The Downfall of Us All,” an extremely melodic piece of metal-infused punk pop ecstasy that is certain to get another life in innumerable montages on MTV reality shows and 30-second cola advertisements. What follows is a set of reasonably regular and totally performed clean vocal post-hardcore emo-pop that both illuminates the limits of the genre and revels in. While lead singer Jeremy McKinnon executes his obligation throughout Homesick as a clean/screamo switch hitter, the incessant group vocals that the record was designed supply the thread. Exciting in the beginning, the continuous “yeahs” and “heys” eventually break up into the tides of distortion mid-record, leading to the sound equivalent of an energy drink crash.

From your opening seconds of the CD, the group showcases it is sound that is unique. Midway through the tune, there exists a break down, which features a fairly notable stray away in the pop punk sound of the group into a sound that is metalcore. It is not among those tunes that get stuck in your head for days on end, although it is quite catchy. It is among the more catchy tunes on the record. “Welcome To My Family” features Vincent Bennett of The Acacia Strain on the vocals, and is not the same as the remaining CD, genrewise, being nearly straight-up metalcore. “Homesick”, the title track, does not waste any time kicking your face in. It is quite dynamic and fast paced compared to the remaining tunes on the CD. “Holdin’ It Down For The Underground” sounds like it was greatly influenced by groups like The Devil Wears Prada (which is not a bad thing, mind you). “You Know What You Are”, the shortest song on the CD, gets it’s message across pretty nicely in it is 1:28 period. Lalala. Now Everybody’s Singing!” to close the CD.


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