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Album Review

Shiny Toy Guns' sophomore effort sheds some of the retro appeal that fueled the band's first record, We Are Pilots, in favor of a dark electronica/rock hybrid that recalls Evanescence and the melodic side of Linkin Park. Female singer Sisely Treasure makes her debut with the group, having replaced the departing Carah Faye Charnow several months before the album's release, and her vocals brim with the energy of an aggressive cheerleader. Such rhythmic scream/singing provides a nice contrast to Chad Petree, who handles the bulk of the album's melodic vocals. With Charnow out of the picture, this is undoubtedly Petree's band, and Treasure adds a fiery, sensual spark without hijacking the spotlight. Personnel changes notwithstanding, the biggest difference here is the band's decreased debt to the dancefloor, as they now rely more heavily on guitars and distortion pedals rather than synthesizers. "Ghost Town" flaunts a stomping, club-ready drumbeat before dissolving into a mainstream rock chorus, but tracks like "Money for That" and "When Did This Storm Begin" are more suited to headbanging than dance moves. When the bandmates decide to revisit the '80s-inspired sounds of their debut, as they do on "I Owe You a Love Song," the results are decidedly mixed. The song bubbles with keyboard undercurrents, but the chorus relies too heavily on Petree's long, sustained high notes, which lose their luster after two key changes and nearly four minutes of repetitive hooks. Season of Poison is bound to please fans of goth metal and electro-laced rock, and the gorgeous "Frozen Oceans" appealingly finishes the album with lush balladry. Even so, this seems like a slight stumble after We Are Pilots' strong start, although Shiny Toy Guns have yet to lose their momentum.

Customer Reviews

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I agree, this album is not at all like We Are Pilots and Im a bit disappointed. I really liked the electronic rock of Shiny Toy Guns and this album doesnt quite sound authentic STG. It's good, but not 5 stars worth. Maybe like 3 1/2 I think 'When Did the Storm Begin, I Owe You a Love Song, Ghost Town, Ricochet, Turning to Real Life and Frozen Oceans' are all really good songs to def listen to.

Not bad, but not amazing either.

Just an fyi, this is no We Are Pilots. I was expecting something more in general, than their last album, and while a good effort, I don't think that this will impress me as much as We Are Pilots, because on the first few listens it sure hasn't. However, this album is still pretty darn good, though I reccommend Ghost Town, Ricochet and Blown Away over everything else on this.

Wow, too bad...

As an early fan of Shiny Toy Guns this album is an unfortunate followup to We Are Pilots. I qualify this review by saying that I've seen STG three times live and have raved about them incessantly. Sisely Treasure, the new female vocalist has a nice enough voice, though I prefer Carah Faye personally. I think the STG boys really blew it by letting Carah go however I can't see even Carah saving this mediocre death metal album. Some notable songs for me that have at least some of the heart from the last album are, "I owe you a love song," and, "Season of Love." Just a coincidence that both have the word 'love' in the title? At least the Killers put out a decent album with "Day & Age." Perhaps that will distract me from the disappointment I feel about Season of Poison for a little while. To be fair, Shiny Toy Guns won't be the first band that blew it with their second album. Third time lucky perhaps? As a former STG fan - here's hoping...

Biography

Formed: December, 2002 in Los Angeles, CA

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '00s, '10s

Although formed in sunny California during the early 2000s, Shiny Toy Guns' music flaunts a sleek, '80s-influenced combination of synth-pop and electro-clash. Founded in 2001 by bassist/keyboardist Jeremy Dawson and guitarist/vocalist Gregori Chad Petree -- both natives of central Oklahoma -- the band's lineup was fully realized with the addition of vocalist Carah Faye Charnow (who was brought aboard in 2004 to replace the departing Ursula Vari) and drummer Mikey Martin. After building a local following...
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