Where Bad Vibrations carried an ambiguity around whether it was a relationship with oneself or another that was “toxic”, Paranoia makes it clear it is the negative, internal, voices that are being battled on the album. Grinding rhythms on the verses and bridge, and the hint of dissonance in the main-riff, are suitably anxiety inducing, though the full on pop of the chorus is equally adept at catching the listener’s ear as breaking the mood of the song. Bullfight introduces a degree of indie-rock to A Day To Remember’s repertoire, though the song smoothly progresses back to the group’s usual sound. While never quite living up to its apparent ambition of being a genuinely dark and heavy song, only managing to attain a superficial aural heaviness, Bullfight does showcase McKinnon’s vocal versatility as he provides long stretches of clean delivery alongside his melodic yelling, demonstrating a keen ear throughout.
This is an extract from a review originally published on the 3rd September 2016. Please visit Renowned For Sound to read the full review.