Artist: Billy Talent
Album: Afraid of Heights
Release Date: Out Now
Review by Monica Strut
In mere days Australia will be rocked by Canadian outfit, Billy Talent, on their first headlining tour here in four years. In fact Aussies will be one of the first in the world to hear songs from their newly released album, Afraid of Heights live.
Billy Talent have sold almost three million albums globally in their thirteen year career so their new LP Afraid of Heights certainly had a lot to live up to. The album, their fifth full-length release, happily matches up to its predecessors.
Big Red Gun kicks things off with Billy Talent’s signature guitar tone and one of those big choruses that the guys do so well. It’s a great opener and one that would translate well to a live setting due to its dynamics and a chorus that’s easy to sing along to. The title track follows on nicely with a groovy intro. The song is more emotive with melodic guitar work leaves room for vocalist Ben Kowalewicz’s heartfelt lyrics.
If it’s straight up punk you’re after, Louder Than The DJ has you and your sweaty leather jacket covered. For those interested, the lyric video for this track is pretty cool with a vintage DIY feel that pays homage to some well-known bands.
You’ll want to prepare your lighters and arm muscles for Rabbit Down the Hole: it’s a six-minute a rock anthem that features a neat solo from guitarist Ian Michael D’Sa. The tune acts as an interlude to an album that’s predominantly upbeat and in your face.
The twelve-track album closes with a reprise of Afraid of Heights that features extra atmospheric elements, piano, solo, melodic backing vocals and a hell of a lotta vibe. It’s a great way to wrap things up.
Afraid of Heights is the perfect road trip album with tonnes of energy throughout, yet enough substance and diversity to keep you interested. Billy Talent has not lost sight of the raw punk aesthetic that makes them great, yet their passion and lyrical substance continue to set them apart.