Single Review: Silverstein – Ghosts

When I first discovered rock and metal music back in the early 2000s, my musical education was shaped by bands like Taking Back Sunday, Hawthorne Heights and Silverstein, who crossed the fine line between punk, emo and rock.

Canadian rockers Silverstein have always a band that you struggle to pin a genre to, leaping between fast-paced emo, heavy post-hardcore and acoustic ballads that keep you guessing what you’re going to get. I always found them the least heavy of the trio mentioned above, but I’ve always loved their sound for their ability to evolve their music over the six full-length albums since they emerged way back in 2000.

That much is evident in new single Ghosts. The track is heavy, laden with screamed vocals, big guitar riffs and it’s full of energy, suggesting that Silverstein’s heaviest music could yet to be come.

Ghosts starts off with a muted guitar riff before bursting into life with an intro combining distorted guitars and heavy drums. Lead singer Shane Told is in fine form with vocals ranging from punky verses into full-on screamo mode and great singalong choruses.

The heavier sound is summed up after the penultimate chorus, where we’re taken into a screamed vocal interlude then a heavy guitar-led breakdown before more screamed vocals lead us into another rendition of the chorus. It’s well-written and hugely enjoyable, punky and hardcore all at the same time.

Check out Ghosts in the video below:

The band released this letter to fans with the launch of Ghost:

Silverstein will be on tour in the UK next month, in what should be an incredible, and very heavy, line-up alongside The Devil Wears Prada and Memphis May Fire. The 11-show ‘Rise Up’ tour begins at Waterfront in Norwich on November 29th and finishes at Engine Rooms in Southampton on December 10th. More information is available here.