So Painkiller is Three Days Grace's official new track with a changed front-man, in the form of Matt Walst, who is part of the band My Darkest Days (which released a single a few years back with Ludacris and Chad Kroeger titled Porn Star Dancing). Is this return to roots, or is the band lost in direction?
Listen to the track here.
I'm pretty sure I don't want to see anymore bands breaking, especially some of which I've listened to and liked in the past (My Chemical Romance, Breaking Benjamin although it seems Burnley could form a new group but under the same name), so I would say it's decent handling to bring Matt Walst in to replace one of my favourite songwriters and long-time lead vocalist, Adam Gontier. Like any other band, usually the lead vocalist is kind of the nucleus and the main core of the band. Gontier not just built a foundation, but he stuck it thick and thin with the band and wrote his troubles into a fan-favourite album, One-X. With that said, it was sad to see him go considering the band's songwriting was respectfully crafted under his guise and I guess it had to happen. With that, in steps Matt Walst and Painkiller seems to a bit hard to swallow for long-time fans.
On one hand, Painkiller is like the perfect track record for the band: incredible electric guitars swinging by and the drums are hard. On the other hand, it will take a long time getting used to Walst's vocals considering they aren't as rough and glaring as Adam's, but he's not a bad choice anyway. We all need to accept Adam's gone now and he isn't coming back, so let's stick by the band and prepare for their new album hopefully in the fall of this year. While Walst does what he can with the song, the rest of the band is still rock solid. The singer does sound a little stiff, but hopefully he's a great choice and I will look forward to their new album.
And yes, it will take some time to soak in the song, but it's a good track nonetheless and most audience should feel the same. Unless their on the diving board with an atrocious spirit of having Adam Gontier leave, otherwise it's a good track. I will be reverting to my singles rating, and it will be added to my playlist.
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