Everyone has, at one point or another, reached a point in life in which the need for a personal rebirth of sorts is needed. We reach that point in our careers, for instance, in which we realize we have plateaued and we need to begin anew. We all reach that point even in our personal lives when we need to start over. Such is the case of the independent hard rock band Antisaint. Formerly known as Red Tide Rising, the band reached that point more than a year ago after its members made some revelations of their own about the band’s direction. Friday, the band officially saw its own rebirth culminated with the release of its new/debut album, Vaticinate. The 16-song record, which is – according to the band – three separate EPs collected into one presentation, is a solid new beginning for Antisaint. That is proven from beginning to end through its musical and lyrical content. ‘I.D.,’ one of the album’s early entries, serves well to support the noted statement. It will be discussed shortly. ‘Incomplete,’ one of the album’s singles, is another way in which the album’s content shows the record’s overall strength. It will be discussed a little later. The same can be said of ‘Feed The Crows,’ the album’s second single. It will also be discussed later. Each song noted does more than its share to show what makes Vaticinate a strong new beginning for Antisaint. When they are considered along with the rest of the album’s entries, the whole makes the album one of the year’s top new hard rock and metal offerings. Additionally, it shows Antisaint as potentially one of the next big names in the hard rock community as long as the album gets the right support.
Antisaint’s debut album, Vaticinate, is a strong first outing for the band formerly known as Red Tide Rising. The 16-song record’s success is exhibited from beginning to end through its musical and lyrical content alike. ‘I.D.,’ which comes early in the album’s run is just one of the ways in which this is proven. The song presents a musical arrangement that is just full on hard rock. The plodding opening bars set the stage well before transitioning into the equally engaging verses. Even being contemplative in nature, the heaviness in the verses ensures listeners’ engagement and entertainment. The contrast of that approach to the far heavier, fiery choruses enhances the song’s presentation even more. The whole of those aspects makes the arrangement a powerful statement in itself here, and just one part of what makes the song stand out. The song’s lyrical theme adds its own punch to the whole.
The lyrical theme featured in this song comes across as a commentary about people making sure they really know themselves. This is made clear in the song’s chorus, which asks, “Who the f*** are you?/I don’t think you know.” The mention of “understanding who we really are” leading into the verses adds even more to that seeming message along with the discussions on realizing certain things about ourselves as time passes. There is also a mention of humans “starving for connection” at another point in the song from what can be deciphered sans lyrics to reference. Considering all of what can be deciphered, the whole really increasingly comes across as a statement about people realizing their place, and the importance of who they are. This existential concept is not new to the world of rock, but the manner in which the band has presented that commentary is unique. When it is considered along with the song’s musical arrangement, the whole makes clear why this song is a solid example of all that Vaticinate has to offer audiences. It is just one of the songs that shows what makes the album so successful, too. ‘Incomplete,’ one of the album’s singles, is another example of the album’s strength.
‘Incomplete’ boasts a heavy song that is similar to works from the likes of Seether, Three Days Grace, and others of that ilk in regards to its stylistic approach and sound. That is made evident through the use of the bass and drums, which really serve as the song’s foundation, and the guitars, which add their own depth to the work. The vocals work so well with the instrumentation here to make the whole an immediate fit for any mainstream active rock radio programmer’s play list. It is just one part of what makes this song stand out. The lyrical theme that accompanies this rich, heavy arrangement makes for its own share of engagement.
According to comment from front man Matt Whiteman, the song’s lyrical theme delivers a message of frustration and determination.
“’Incomplete’ is about being looked down upon and judged by others for pursuing a purpose in life that they do not understand themselves,” said Whiteman. “It is a common occurrence to have when pursuing a creative lifestyle. People constantly criticize and belittle artists’ creations without even thinking about what it takes to have the courage to make something original and put it out into the world. The end of the song is a rally to other people in our position to not give into the doubt and pressure, take the half that they can’t see and make it whole.” Considering this deep rumination, the fire in the song’s musical arrangement makes more sense and pairs that much better with the statement. The whole makes the song even clearer as to why it was chosen as a single and as to why this album succeeds so well. It is just one more example of what makes the album worth hearing. ‘Feed The Crows,’ another of its singles, is yet another example of that strength.
‘Feed The Crows’ presents a sound and stylistic approach that is more akin to works from the likes of Deftones and Korn, again showing a certain mainstream hard rock appeal to the album. At the same time, it shows even more, the diversity in the album’s musical arrangements, even with each being so heavy. It shows its own identity separate from the rest of the album’s arrangements, adding even more to the appeal of the album’s musical arrangements. The appeal of the song’s arrangement is just one aspect of what makes it so engaging and entertaining. The lyrical theme that accompanies the song’s musical arrangement adds its own share of enjoyment to the presentation here.
The song’s lyrical theme is another that will appeal to listeners in its own right. As Whiteman pointed out in a recent interview, “‘Feed The Crows’ was written during a low point of making the album,” he said. “The song is pure frustration and the message behind it is to say f*** it, and compromise morals to match those who have none. It’s less meaningful compared to the other songs on the album. Having said that it serves a major purpose in the TO DIGEST part of the album in which it represents the pure chaos and emotion of not being able to achieve what you wanted.” Everyone has been at the point noted by Whiteman at least once in life if not more times. To that end, that accessibility and ability to connect with listeners helps make the fire in the song’s arrangement make that much more sense. The two sides together make the song in whole one more example of what makes Vaticinate so appealing. When it is considered along with the other songs examined here and the rest of the album’s entries, the whole makes clear why the album in whole is successful. Taking into account all of this along with the album’s title (yes, an awful pun is coming here), this album fortells a positive future for Antisaint, as long as the album and band get the coverage that they deserve.
Antisaint’s debut album, Vaticinate, is a solid new start for the band, formerly known as Red Tide Rising. The album’s success comes through its musical and lyrical content alike. All three of the songs examined here serve to support the noted statements. When they are considered along with the rest of the album’s entries, the whole makes this album a solid, positive indicator of the band’s future. Vaticinate is available now.
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