RECORD REVIEW: To The Wind – ‘The Brighter View’

“Brighter” is a relative term. There isn’t much brightness in To The Wind’s The Brighter View. It’s loaded with anger fueled by resentment. It’s full of self-doubt and self-loathing, but there is always a faint glimmer of hope.

That’s where “brighter” actually does come into play. Even when it seems like all your mistakes are piling up over your head, there’s always time to change things. The album isn’t chock full of breakdowns and down-tuned guitars. Many of the songs feature singing and melodic instrumentals. The title track is one of the softer ones. That’s not to say the record isn’t heavy, however. To The Wind have crafted a beautifully balanced combination of heavy and light. The opening track, “Temporary Escape,” is a good example of this balance. It starts out fast and strong, but like the rest of the album, it’s not an out of control freight train; rather, it’s a speeding freight train with a skilled conductor.

The Brighter View eventually slows to a halt in the last few seconds of “Lay My Head.” When it ends, it’s hard to not want to repeat the whole thing. The album in its entirety begs to be replayed over and over again. There’s no weak link in terms of songs. This is not as hard or heavy as previous material from the band, but it is absolutely worth listening to, even if you prefer fifty minutes of constant hardcore yelling.

Four Star Rating

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