Silverstein was formed in Burlington, Canada in 2000. Their style can be described as post-hardcore, emo and screamo. The band consists of Shane Told (Vocals), Paul Marc Rousseau (Lead Guitar), Josh Bradford (Rhythm Guitar), Billy Hamilton (Bass, Backing Vocals) and Paul Koehler (Drums). The band released their debut album, When Broken Is Easily Fixed, in 2003 which received a mixed reception. Their latest album, This Is How The Wind Shifts, came out about 3 weeks ago (Review coming in a couple of days/a week). The song A Great Fire is from their album, A Shipwreck In The Sand, which was released in 2009.
With a nice little piano-touch-intro the song continues with a drum solo. After about 40 seconds the song really kicks off with Shane Told entering the song with his screams which later on leads to a clean part, with the chorus -
“I can see through the flames
That the fire cleanses me
Mind and soul, now the same
And my body guides the way”
Worth noting is that the album is a concept album, which tells the story of a man who discovers that his girlfriend is cheating on him with his best friend. A Great Fire is the first track and the song reveals that he torches the house where his girlfriend and daughter lives when he finds out that she’s been cheating. He however, rescues them from the fire. A Great Fire is truly great song and overall a great album. I’m a big fan of concept albums that follow a story. It’s kind of like watching a movie or reading a book, the song tells a story with the lyrics. The last half of the song is really great and a nice finish to the song. As I said earlier, a review about their new album will be coming out. I’ll do a review about A Shipwreck In The Sand sometime in the near future!