Instead of shifting its backdrops to accommodate its split-personality singer, an approach that leads to grotesque, Dr. Moreau-style hybrids, Silverstein allows its complex tunes to run their course without concern for vocal congruity. Frontman Shane Told lets the lyrics dictate his delivery, occasionally growling during gently strummed passages and crooning through metalcore maelstroms. The fast-starting songs all save space for catchy choruses, with Paul Koehler's seismic drumrolls telegraphing the transitions. Discovering the Waterfront suggests that gruff hardcore and power pop aren't as mutually exclusive as many incompetent musical alchemists make them sound.
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