Record Label: None
Release Date: Oct 8th, 2013
Reviewed By: Alex Maimone
Probably one of the most anticipated albums of the whole year has finally arrived. Common Courtesy, by the greatly known A Day To Remember, has been released after a very long wait. For those who are fairly new to A Day To Remember, they are a Florida based band that mixes different styles of Pop-Punk and Hardcore together. The blend was smaller in previous records but it shines brightly in CC.
“City of Ocala”, the 1st track off the album, begins the album with a complete Pop-Punk feel. It brings strong guitar riffs and powerful vocals to make the ultimate blend. But of course, we all know A Day To Remember is a very talented band, overall. Most of us have been listening since their first record “And Their Name Was Treason”. They have definitely evolved highly and have lost some of that super heavy feel to them but there are still many strong and heavy songs in Common Courtesy.
“Life Lessons Learned The Hard Way”, “Dead & Buried”, “Violence (Enough Is Enough)”, and “The Document Speaks For Itself” completely bring A Day To Remembers heavy side into the picture. Chuggy breakdowns, heavy low screams, it’s the ADTR many have been waiting for. This album literally hits a taste of everything they are perfect at.
Of course, they bring out some softer acoustic songs. “I’m Already Gone” and “End Of Me” are meaningful, slow, acoustic tracks that just keep you singing along every time you hear it played. But, I’ve always had this album on repeat since I received it.
Common Courtesy is a masterpiece. The most anticipated A Day To Remember album to date and they definitely gave the fans what they’ve been asking for. Even newcomers to Hardcore could find enjoyment in CC due to the various genres that ADTR tends to throw at us! I highly recommend this to everyone; it’s an overall great record.
OVERALL RATING: 10/10
A Day To Remember is:
Jeremy McKinnon – Vocals
Neil Westfall – Rhythm Guitar, Backing Vocals
Joshua Woodard – Bass Guitar
Alex Shelnutt – Drums
Kevin Skaff – Lead Guitar, Backing Vocals