Strong vocal performance and high quality sound engineering
Richard Patrick and company are back and the music industry better batten down the hatches as the band sets to release their album on June 4th, “The Sun Comes Out Tonight”. It is on the band’s new album that the listener will find all the continuing elements found on Filter’s last album, but with a harder and more aggressive sound than its predecessor, “The Trouble With Angels”. More so, the band is redefining the genre that they made popular with a subsonic sound that is refreshing, while at the same time groundbreaking.
From start to finish, Filter exerts a relentless amount of raw emotion, energy, and aggression that will leave the listener feeling like they’ve been hit by a freight train. The opening track, “We Hate It When You Get What You Want”, finds the band dive bombing the listener with refreshing industrial sounds associated with Filter’s presence. Richard Patrick leads the forefront with lyrics that slowly intensify to the point of near chaos. The listener is shorty introduced to former Kill Hannah guitarist and newcomer Jonathan Radtke’s guitar talents that seem to rage a relentless war on the listener’s senses. The lead single, “What Do You Say”, continues from where “We Hate It When You Get What You Want”, left off with in-your-face guitars and aggressive attitude. Patrick seems to have a knack for conjuring catchy lyrics and choruses that appeal to Filter fans old and new, especially in this song:
What do you say
It doesn’t really matter cause it’s all the same
What do you say
Just gonna blame us anyway
Filter continues its onslaught with showing the listener that they mean business with more pulverizing songs. From the fist pumping/riff worthy songs, “It’s Got To Be Right Now” or “This Finger’s For You” to the maddening sounds of, “Self-Inflicted” and “Burn It”, Filter reign supreme as industrial rock giants that have an uncanny ability to capture a unique type of aggressive and attitude with saturated and layered guitars, thunderous drum beats, and aggressively raw lyrical content.
Even though this album might be considered by many as the band’s heaviest album to date, Filter still has the ability to craft songs that spark the listener’s emotions while at the same time capturing their heart. It is in the songs, “First You Break It”, It’s Just You, and the catchy track, “Surprise”, that the listener will conjure memories of the band’s past songs such as, “Take A Picture” or “God Damn Me”. It is the song, “It’s My Time”, that the listener is truly exposed to Richard Patrick’s uncanny ability to compose a song that will leave a impression that is bittersweet. Along with a lonely piano, Patrick showcases in this song his integrity as a dedicated musical composer who’s honest nature sets him far apart from other artists. This presence and emotion that Patrick expels is felt during the 2:31 mark in which he bares his all with the lyrics:
Please, please not me
Please, please not me
It’s my time
It’s safe to say that Richard Patrick and company have returned with an album that is heavier than it predecessor but at the same time projects a sound and presence that is refreshingly superb. “The Sun Comes Out Tonight”, is definitively an unconstrained album that provides an invigorating sense of energy from a band that has returned to the forefront of its genre with new found drive and direction. For Richard Patrick and the rest of Filter, they have provided an album that is hallmark for an industry that has lost touch with the honesty that should be felt in music. Finally, this album is a big welcome back for the band Filter, and hopefully sparks a revolution in how music should be conveyed…with raw, human emotion.