Just a few seconds of Renacer (3/26/13), the latest full-length by Ridgewood, NJ’s Senses Fail, is about all it takes to grasp the title, which when translated from Spanish, means “to be reborn.” Without question, the album captures the band at a sonic crossroads, literally redefining themselves, while furiously etching a bold and entirely unexpected new chapter for Senses Fail.
Boasting a significantly heavier and more musically adventurous sound than past releases, Renacer is a reflection of the band in 2013, in terms of both creative interests and current personnel. After more than a decade of existence and multiple lineup changes, singer Buddy Nielsen said the band now has the freedom and desire to embrace change.
“I’ve always wanted the band to move towards being less pop-driven and heavier and more exploratory,” says Nielsen. “We needed to change it up, do something different and move forward.”
It’s a brazen, but not illogical, creative progression for a band that’s largely helped define post-hardcore from the early millennium and onward. Senses Fail formed in 2002 and released their debut EP, From the Depths of Dreams, earning immediate notoriety amid a burgeoning scene, then catapulted into the stratosphere with 2004′s Let It Enfold You—their first full-length—which peaked at #34 on the Billboard Top 200 and sold more than 400,000 to date. Without skipping a beat the band followed Enfold with the dark 2006 masterpiece Still Searching, which debuted at #15 on the Top 200 chart, and the hauntingly powerful Life Is Not A Waiting Room in 2008, hitting #18 on the Top 200. Another full-length, The Fire, was released in 2010 and charted at #32 on the Top 200, while the band also added a greatest hits compilation to their discography—Follow Your Bliss: The Best Of Senses Fail—in 2012. To date, Senses Fail have performed countless worldwide tours, sharing stages with some of the most important artists of the past decade, while the band’s record sales approach 1.2 million-mark.
1. The Path
4. Between The Mountains And The Sea
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