On album number four Silverstein takes the concept album route. After just having spent the better part of a week listening to the new Mastodon album, Silverstein’s kinda pales in comparison. But in all honesty, I’ve always liked Silverstein over all the other bands in their genre. There’s something about their sense of melody and energy and great riffs, that sets them ahead of the screamo pack.
The album’s fourteen songs are divided into four parts that tell the story of a couple’s relationship coming to a halt and the burning of their house. Lyrically things are still not that great, still making it the band’s weakest point. Musically however these dudes have definitely upped the ante on “A Shipwreck In The Sand”. Double guitar riffs follow each other at a blistering rate while the drummer is pounding away. The switch between clean vox and screams seems awkward a lot of the times in this genre but Silverstein lets it all roll into each other with ease making “A Shipwreck In The Sand” their finest effort to date. Fans will no doubt be pleased while haters will no doubt still be hating.