Released Worldwide June 7th 2011
Reviewed By Tyler Hess
Waiting for this release took a lot of patience. Blindside fans have been waiting for this not just since they announced that they would be coming out with it last Summer, but since they went on a silent hiatus ever since they released The Black Rose EP a few years ago. Blindside’s With Shivering Hearts We Wait isn’t just an event, it was a journey that has seen many pair of shoes come and go before reaching the destination. Now we’re here. What do we think of where we are now?
Blindside’s sixth full length release as a band starts off with a full, anthemic, sound that has the feeling of a soundtrack to a movie’s battle scene on There Must Be Something In The Water, followed by vocalist Christian Lindskog‘s wailing voice on My Heart Escapes. Yet, it isn’t until the album’s third track, Monster On The Radio, that we really get going, where the lyrics contradict the sound, as this is clearly a hit song that mocks the obsession over hit songs. Lindskog’s crooning voice is featured on It’s All I Have and then Bloodstained Hollywood Ending mixes a great hook with aggressive emotion.
Our Love Saves Us is the clear epicenter for the album, with the hope of love saving us from dull hearts and the rest of the problems seen throughout much of the ten tracks on With Shivering Hearts We Wait. Bring Out Your Dead has aggressive screams to aptly fit the title of the song and will surely make the Post-Hardcore fans of the band happy.
The closest we get to The Great Depression era is found toward the end of the album, with the meandering being shown on “Withering” and everything coming to a close as it began in songs like Cold and the heavy use of electronica on There Must Be Something In The Wind.
Let’s face it, it took too long to get to us, but after a few listens we can all just forget about that and enjoy a really good album, even if it could never really live up to the years of built up nostalgia we all have for our favorite Blindside albums.
- There Must Be Something In The Water
- My Heart Escapes
- Monster On The Radio
- It’s All I Have
- Bloodstained Hollywood Ending
- Our Love Saves Us
- Bring Out Your Dead
- There Must Have Been Something In The Wind