This was another unexpected surprise for me, and in a very good way. Unknowingly one day I downloaded the song "Your Way With Words Is Through Silence", upon the recommendation of a friend, and from that moment I was hooked on this band. A Day To Remember has got to be one of the most talented emocore bands I have heard in quite some time, and their debut release "And Their Name Is Treason" is the exact record you need to hear right now when the world is full of generic screamo clones. A Day To Remember presents an amazing combination of hardcore, emo, and pop-punk, which will not easily be forgotten by most who listen. Their diverse elements is what sets them apart from so many of their contemporaries, and if you're a fan the mixing of many musical styles, this cd was made for you.
Like I said the key to this album is its diverse mix of musical styles. Listening to the album opener "Heartless", you'd think this is one of the heaviest hardcore bands you've heard. All until the album slips into the dynamically upbeat screamo of "Your Way With Words Is Through Silence." This record does a lot of this trickery to keep you on your feet. One moment you will be listening to the warming acoustic composition of "You Had Me At Hello", which is instantly followed by "1958", the album's heaviest track. A Day To Remember is one of the few bands that can pull off this style of music. Musically the band is very gifted, and showcase riffs and vocals that set them apart from many of the other bands in the scene. The screaming is almost death-metal-like, and the melodies could be compared to any of the bigger pop-punk acts like Fall Out Boy or Panic At The Disco. However where some bands get repetitive over the course of the cd, ADTR keeps things interesting. The cd is equally balanced, showcasing melodic pieces like the aforementioned "Your Way With Words Is Through Silence" and "You Should Have Killed Me When You Had The Chance", to the most extreme hardcore pieces like "Heartless" and "1958". Start to finish there is not a song on here that won't present you a memorable feeling. The only thing that slightly brings down the album is the fact that it's so short. In reality it's only 8 songs (2 of the songs are the intro and the outro) and ends out about 29:00 minutes. When the cd is done you just want more. However I think you'll find yourself very satisfied with this cd in the end. Highlights include "Your Way With Words Is Through Silence", "Casablanca Sucked Anyways" and "1958".
So if you're a fan of bands who blend a lot of musical styles together, then I would recommend A Day To Remember with the highest regard. I've heard a lot of people complain that they switch up too much and just need to stick with one style, but in the end that's what really makes this band special and memorable. The fact that you get so many things on this record, is the best thing about it. From its crushing breakdowns to its beautiful melodies, A Day To Remember's "And Their Name Was Treason" is probably the best unknown emocore record you are likely to hear this year (besides Chiodos' "Alls Wells That Ends Well", check that out as well), and one that you shouldn't be without, especially if you're a fan of screamo or hardcore.