All Time Low is back with a new single and I'd say it took me quite a while to actually get the review started.
Music video for A Love Like War.
So if you don't know All Time Low by now (what?), they're a band from Baltimore, America and they're quite successful if anything. Known for their punk-rock guitars and their lead singer, Alex's amazing vocals, All Time Low should've been amazing if not for undercurrent success and mishits of certain albums. By far, Nothing Personal and Don't Panic are two of my favorite albums by the band, while many judged Dirty Work as underrated, to me it was kind of a mix-and-match, with a batch of songs such as Time Bomb and Get On Your Knees And Tell Me Your Love Me was just on the receiving end of great. Still, it doesn't take away that they are re-releasing Don't Panic, released last year, with a couple more songs together with A Love Like War featuring Vic Fuentes, which will be spear-heading the album. Let's get on to the song.
So at first listen, the guitars were matched highly. Then, there was the intertwine with it dying out before the chords lifted back up again. Though it took me quite awhile to get hold of it, the rest of the song is just simply golden. The drumming is irresistibly clear and sharp, while Alex Garskath's vocals roared. It has that Dirty Work vibe to it, but there's really huge differences overlaying the sea of years that have changed since it's release two years ago. A Love Like War seemingly turns their attention to just punk rock at times, while remaining vibrantly soulful at the verses, something which they've kept in check since Nothing Personal and I guess it's sort of a tradition which some bands follow throughout their careers. Nothing bad about it, just that it really shows a different perspective of the song as a whole and shines where it needs to.
It's catchy and really energetic, and I think that it's going to be a hit since it's already climbing the iTunes alternative charts already. That said, Vic Fuentes of Pierce the Veil ended up on the featured desk and boy did he do wonders to the track. Appearing for the first time at the chorus, he brings something new to the table and adds a variation to Alex's vocals. Yet, staying on point and not really overdoing it, he really keeps it in check most of the time and I'd say it was a warm welcome to have on the track as well.
Give the track a few spins if you haven't already, and you might just like it. The lyrical content also shoves the class above 'averagely distinct', and it really shows that since Dirty Work, Alex's lyrical songwriting has improved tremendously.
Heart's on fire tonight
Feels like war, war
Originality: 8/10 - The band has seemingly come away fortuitous of their Don't Panic creativity. If they hold it in, I believe the new songs might be just better.
Sound: 8/10 - The drums, guitars, and vocals are all in check. Vibrant and soulful, the song embraces the term of love and delivers the crunchy parts carefully yet amazingly.
Lyrics: 8/10 - The lyrics do mean something, and it's really a pleasant sight to get on with the bandwagon to understand it and rejoice.
Overall: 24/30 - The track is great from top to bottom and All Time Low's progressive return is slowly building up. Engineered together with Vic Fuentes, this song could be larger and explosive than one might think. Play it for days, for sure.
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