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Season of Poison (Bonus Track Version)

Shiny Toy Guns

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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.

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3.5 stars

I have to be brutally honest - Season of Poison has been a bit of a letdown. Let's get a few things straight: Carah was their best vocalist, We Are Pilots was their best cd ever, and the band has completely changed their image. But hey, those boys have slaved over this album and did their best to find a new female singer. Sisley will never replace Carah, but she certainly adds a new flavor to the band. Give them a chance again; they made a few new good songs. Besides, Carah has her own band now - "Versant" (look it up.) As far as Season Of Poison goes, the best songs on here are Ghost Town and Ricochet. I had such high hopes for this album after I heard Ricochet on their myspace, but I was a bit disappointed because the rest of the songs kind of blend together after that :( If you prefer more upbeat music, I suggest you purchase their first album instead. But if you're going to buy this whole album, go to Best Buy and get the special edition which includes a dvd "From Pilots to Poison."

ATTENTION!

First off, let me please say that people HAVE GOT to stop putting Shiny Toy Guns down for the fact that Carah Faye is no longer apart of the band. I will admit that i was extremely sad to hear the news that she was gone. But i realized that That Was That. Its done with and now. I just feel that people are listening to this cd and already have their mind set that they are not going to like it just for the fact that there is a new female vocalist. And that female vocalist has a name - Sisely Treasure. She deserves much more credit and praise than the negative comments posted about her. She has an amazing voice. People have got to give her a chance. And i want to point out that if that's the way you are thinking, you are definitely missing out. Season of Poison is such an amazing album. I have been listening to it for about 2 weeks now - having no predestined decisions made while listening to it, might i add. It really is great. Chad's vocals are still out of this world amazing. I will say that it isn't as good as We Are Pilots (about a 6 star album)... i dont think any album could be. But this album still earns 5 stars. One more thing i want to say is that if you were discouraged from buying the album because of the first single "Ricochet!", please don't be.I like the song now, it's definitely grown on me, but i can understand if you didn't like it. Just please don't let that discourage you from getting this album. Favorite songs from Season of Poison are "Frozen Oceans", "I Owe You a Love Song", and "When Did This Storm Begin". They are all pretty damn fabulous if you ask me... GO GET SEASON OF POISON!

Get over it!

Everyone needs to stop judging the band for the loss of Carah Faye. Stories will juggle but if that's the sole reason you're going to judge then your review here is less than pointless. I find this cd anything but a sellout and their sound is still deliciously unique. I'm guessing that when Carah's new band comes out with a cd on iTunes, the majority of the reviews will consist of people talking about the Shiny Toy Guns as well. You people need to grow up.

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...
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