“Momentum” opens with the kind of intro that Linkin Park seemed to have patented. There are synths, there are beats… and then the guitar kicks in along with some whoo whoo gang vocals and suddenly the bands sounds like a crossover between A Day To Remember and Funeral With A Friend with their balls still attached. The pop-punk seems to have taken somewhat of a backseat on this one and got replaced by melodic post-hardcore.
Maybe it’s the new vocalist’s influence (Andrew DeNeef took over from Nick Stien), but thedefinitely made some changes for the better on “Momentum”. Whereas their last album really didn’t do it for me, “Momentum” is actually fun to listen to. They don’t blindly follow the formula anymore where the verse comes with screams before going into this clean-sung chorus. Instead they mix it up and so you’ll have a song like “Pirates Belong At Sea” that’s mostly clean and upbeat and then they hit you with a breakdown that comes out of nowhere.
It’s not like these guys are reinventing the genre or anything but as far as this kind of releases goes, “Momentum” is looking to become one of my guilty pleasures.