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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


I really have no idea how these guys haven't had much publicity even though they make such good music, another top knotch ablum right here!

Should change their name to Senses Epic.

Senses Fail never cease to amaze me. This album is astonishing, the best album I've bought all year. As heavy as Let It Enfold You and lyrics that tell original stories throughout the whole album, this is worth a lot more than its price. It really wouldn't be worth buying single tracks off the album, there just isn't a 'best song'. My personal favourites are Yellow Angels, Garden State and Coming Up Short.

Simply Stunning

Well here we go, another fantastic album from Senses Fail. Whoever is supposed to be publicising them should be sacked! Why they aren't the biggest band right now I do not know, in my opinion they easily deserve to be!! Not quite as good as Let It Enfold You, I don't think, but an improvement on the last (which was great too). A mix of their heavier stuff with some poppier stuff woven in. My fave tracks are Yellow Angels and Family Tradition, but all of them are good! Xx


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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Life Is Not a Waiting Room, Senses Fail
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  • £7.99
  • Genres: Alternative, Music, Rock, Punk
  • Released: 05 October 2008

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