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Bayside: Killing TimeKilling Time (2011)
Windup Records

Reviewer Rating: 3.5
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Contributed by: BryneBryne
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Bayside is a band that receives far too much unwarranted, undeserved flack within this scene. That's partly due to their longtime (and now defunct) association with Victory Records, a label with a reputation that isn't completely off-base. That association, unfortunate as it may have been, undoubted.
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Bayside is a band that receives far too much unwarranted, undeserved flack within this scene. That's partly due to their longtime (and now defunct) association with Victory Records, a label with a reputation that isn't completely off-base. That association, unfortunate as it may have been, undoubtedly helped Bayside become arguably a more popular band than any of their biggest influences (Smoking Popes, Alkaline Trio) ever were or will be. Like it or not, Victory has a large swath of fervent followers that mostly skews to the adolescent, which comprises the other prong of the hate machine: Bayside's fanbase is young and passionate, a fact that tends to breed cases of tunnel vision among old, jaded music fans when assessing the band's merits, of which there are many.

Even with all that said, Bayside has never tried to be something they're not: They're a group of veterans proficient at writing catchy rock songs with great melodies and huge choruses, and their new album Killing Time continues in that vein. It won't set the world on fire with its creativity, but again, that's not the intent; these 10 songs will, however, leave an indelible impression and, in all likelihood, get stuck in your head like nobody's business.

Unlike 2008's Shudder, Killing Time is largely a heavier, slightly more technical effort. The guitars hit harder, the riffs reside a bit farther in the low end, and the rampant soloing that populated much of the band's earlier work is back to some extent. The rediscovered aggression is immediately apparent in the album's first two tracks, "Already Gone" and "Sick, Sick, Sick", both of which feature some subtly impressive riffing that only exist to serve the songs' hooks, of which there are plenty.

The instruments take something of a backseat on "Mona Lisa", the first track on Killing Time that frontman Anthony Raneri carries with his impressive crooning. The massive hooks within this song are solely his doing, and the chorus, simple as it is, is one of the band's best to date. "It's Not a Bad Little War" and "Sinking and Swimming on Long Island" follow it admirably, both tracks displaying Bayside's ability to put an enjoyable spin on what's essentially straight-up pop-punk, with a dash of bombast thrown in for good measure.

Killing Time drops off a bit in its second half; "Seeing Sound" is a bit erratic in spots, especially in the transition from verse to chorus, and the song serves as an example of Bayside taking their newfound heaviness just a tad too far. Vocally, Raneri strains a bit in the verses of "Wrong Way", marking a rare occurrence in which he appears out of his element (the chorus is great, though). The ballad "On Love, On Life" sticks out like a sore thumb with its piano, strings and horns, and may have been better served and appreciated as a B-side.

The album rebounds with "The New Flesh", the standout of KT's second act. Guitarist Jack O'Shea and drummer Chris Guglielmo really get to flex their muscles here, incorporating some impressive riffs and fills that might go unnoticed by most listeners. It should have served as the album's closer instead of the plodding, modern rock-tinged title track which, despite an above-average chorus, fails to make much of an impression.

Still, six of the 10 tracks on Killing Time range from very good to great, and the other four usually provide enough decent moments to warrant a listen. Killing Time is another solid addition to Bayside's diverse catalogue, and shows that they're a band worth talking about in these circles as well as the ones to which they already belong.

 

 
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lowaction (December 11, 2011)

The lyrics are great, but a lot of it sounds the same. That could be good or bad though I guess....

toymachinary (March 15, 2011)

The verses on Wrong Way are one of my favorite parts. I wish they consistently more aggressive with a couple mellow ones thrown in the mix. good cd though

pavexparadise (March 3, 2011)

This album is great. Mona Lisa is my favourite track.

danperrone (March 3, 2011)

i am pretty surprised that this band is still around.

drunkwithpower (March 2, 2011)

Alkaline Trio started phoning it in a few years ago and this band is actually writing better music as time goes by. They're not bigger now but I hope they gain in popularity in the future. Having a younger fanbase will probably help with their longevity

renvolpi (March 1, 2011)

more popular than alkaline trio? you're crazy...

jeffrocentric (March 1, 2011)

love this record, love this band.

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keithybobeefy (March 1, 2011)

Best album of 2011 so far. Saw them at their record release show at Vintage Vinyl and although they were just playing acoustic, it was great. Really awesome guys too.

I met Alkaline Trio at VV when they released Crimson and the line was much longer for them, but I see Bayside getting bigger. It's deservedly so too.

StraightToHell82 (March 1, 2011)

Meh... when I said "decent," that sounds like "they're just blah".

So, correction: 7 songs are ok or good, 2 songs I really don't like, and the last (title) track is pretty awesome.

6/10

StraightToHell82 (March 1, 2011)

7 songs are decent, 2 I really don't like, and the last (title) track is pretty awesome.

6/10

timorous_me (March 1, 2011)

They play much smaller venues than Alkaline Trio around here. Alkaline Trio's association with Vagrant at a time when Get Up Kids and Dashboard were blowing up helped them as much if not more than Bayside's association with Victory.

I haven't checked out this album yet but I liked self-titled and they were great when I saw them open for Bouncing Souls.

makeorbreak (March 1, 2011)

bigger than the smoking popes yeah, but theyre not on alkaline trios level yet.

skolarx (March 1, 2011)

in Detroit they play venues half the size that AK3 play

aubin (March 1, 2011)

Great review Bryne.

xaviersinclair (March 1, 2011)

uglier than alkaline trio? yes. Bigger? no.

Nap (March 1, 2011)

I also don't agree that they're bigger than Alkaline Trio.

thepopeofchili-town (March 1, 2011)

Good review, good album, probably my third favorite after the self-titled and The Walking Wounded. One thing, are they really bigger than Alkaline Trio? They play the same venues on their headlining tours, at least around here.

banal242 (March 1, 2011)

Great review, Bryne.

Nap (March 1, 2011)

This album is great. Love it!!

overdefined (March 1, 2011)

This is their best since the self-titled.

inagreendase (March 1, 2011)

But I'm sure THIS new label association will garner them the long-out-of-reach acclaim of the Orgcore community!

-insincere brian

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