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Album Review

Senses Fail continue to explore the three-way intersection between post-hardcore, screamo, and punk-pop with their third LP. Musically and lyrically, Life Is Not a Waiting Room furthers the dichotomies that helped fuel the band's previous work: heaven and hell, muscle and melody, depression and emotional uplift. There's also a good deal of harmony here, from the dual guitar solos of Garrett Zablocki and Heath Saraceno to the band's use of vocal harmonies. While Senses Fail have always resisted the urge to tone down their hardcore tendencies in favor of a more commercial approach, Life Is Not a Waiting Room still features some surprisingly melodic moments, from "Yellow Angels" — a ballad that concludes with fist-pumping gang vocals — to the anthemic "Garden State." The band draws parallels to Further Seems Forever during such moments, where they flaunt their pop-inflected songwriting skills without losing the might that fuels the group's harder songs. Longtime listeners can rest assured that those harder songs haven't been left behind, as tracks like "Lungs Like Gallows" and "Wolves at the Door" find room for rusty-throated screams and double kickdrum thunder. Nonetheless, the band shows the bulk of its growth when melody is emphasized.

Customer Reviews


Senses Fail does it again. They've combined guitar and vocals into a CD so good it tears holes in the space-time continuum. When this CD first reached my ears, it expanded my brain to the point where I now have superpowers. Yeah, it's that good.

The Best Band Ever

I first heard Senses Fail in Guitar Hero (I know, I'm one of those losers). Can't Be Saved had an awesome chorus and I loved it. I looked up Calling All Cars and AtBCHDI and noticed this band wasn't just a one hit wonder. When I heard the screaming, it honestly kind of scared me, cause I started liking screaming I thought was the weirdest thing just a month ago. Now I love just about everything they write. Still Searching has to be the only album I've ever heard where I love every song and I was pumped about hearing these guys were coming out with a new album. Now since it came out I am definetely not disappointed. They stayed with the sound they had in SS and just added some catchy guitar riff to their songs. The best song on the album has to be Lungs Like Gallows which has the best screaming Buddy has ever done, a catchy chorus (as always). This album is definetely worth getting. My Faves gotta be: Fireworks At Dawn, Lungs Like Gallows, Garden State, Family Tradition, Wolves At the Door, Chandelier and Blackout.

They Did it Again

I didn't think they could top Let it Enfold you, they did with Still Searching. I didn't know what to expect with Life is Not a Waiting room. It's Senses Fail at their best. Buddy's Lyrics are soo honest on this album. Buy it


Formed: 2002 in Ridgewood, NJ

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '00s, '10s

Comprising vocalist James "Buddy" Nielsen, guitarists Dave Miller and Garrett Zablocki, bassist Michael Glita (former percussionist for Tokyo Rose), and drummer Dan Trapp, New Jersey outfit Senses Fail developed a slick amalgam of post-hardcore chuggery and emo heartbreak that recalled fellow New Jersey-based group Saves the Day. Formed in 2002 in Bergen County, Senses Fail quickly issued a debut EP and began gigging regularly while maintaining a thriving Internet presence. Drive-Thru Records took...
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