This New Dawn plays by-the-numbers hard emo with an occasional keyboard zap. "I'd Say We're Rebuilding" starts with tortured singer Joseph Angerstien claiming that he's bleeding profusely and crouched in a corner; when you learn that he's since escaped to a recording studio, it's hard not to frown a little. Pilots and Passengers also loudly bellyache about their personal trauma -- "Elaine" sets a new standard for abusing the term "melodic hardcore" in the process: The breakdown-scream-repeat approach is measurably less hardcore than a cowbell. Having feelings doesn't mean you have something to say.
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