“Counting the Hours” is the album number 2.
It was released in May 2010.
On this album they amp up the radio rock songs, with bigger Choruses and concise song arrangements. They sound heavier, like Sevendust, more commercial than Three Days Grace and Staind and when they do the slower songs, they definitely know how to set a mood.
The band for the album is Kyle Winterstein on Vocals, Guitar and Producer, Ian Winterstein on Guitar, Johnmark Cenfield on Guitar
Anthony Hernandez on Bass and Ben Anderson on Drums and Assistant Engineer.
Counting The Hours
Dropped D down tuning, syncopated guitars and bass kick and a melodic droning lead kicks off the title track.
There’s nothing like an apocalypse to open your eyes
Great lyric, it reminds me of the lyric in “Life Is Beautiful” from Sixx A.M. when James Michael sings, “there’s nothing like a funeral to make you feel alive.” So don’t wait for those moments, seize the day.
The two guitar attack is very reminiscent of Machine Head during the Supercharger era. One guitar would crank the rhythms while another would play melodic motifs and leads over it during intros and verses and so forth. Korn’s two guitar team is another example of this.
It’s basically a hard rock song, but played in a dropped D tuning and the riffs are more syncopated with the drums, which didn’t happen with hard rock bands in the 80’s.
You’ve been running your mouth for quite a while now
These days its more keyboard warriors running their mouths (aka fingertips) on social media.
Check out the Chorus.
A fast alternate picked riff is played throughout while the other guitar embellishes with melodic leads.
It’s aggressive and angsty about a “relationship awakening” in which the writer realises they have changed so much that they have become a hostage to the relationship.
I don’t want to be a victim of this pointless game
Playing the Saint
It features guest vocals from Morgan Rose of Sevendust.
Industrial electronics kick it off and then the riffs start.
Kyle is not happy in this one.
I can see right through you and everything you do
The aggressive verses give way to a melodic Chorus about that someone in your life pretending to be someone their not and how they can do no wrong.
A four punch knockout combo so far.
Shallow (Closer than the Angels)
A more rockier bass riff that reminds me of “My Friend Of Misery” starts off the song but the overall feel is like a Five Finger Death Punch song as “The Bleeding” comes to mind.
Press play for the falsetto vocals and then the Arena Rock Chorus.
Anybody Out There
Morgan Rose also appears as a guest drummer, so it’s no surprise that my brain starts to think I’m listening to Sevendust.
And the riffage certainly helps.
SCREAM for help now, is anybody out there
Is anybody listening, does anybody care
There are people who care but they are the first ones we argue with, so let’s hope that are still around and still care in your time of need.
Musically, it reminds me of the Limp Bizkit songs which have clean tone riffs and vocally, its melodic.
Not even morphine can kill the pain
Increase the dosage but I feel the same
We live in a drugged up world.
We take tablets for medication and some do it to get high. We take alcohol for various reasons. People still smoke cigarettes when they even know that smoking will kill you and some turn to illegal drugs.
It blasts out of the gate with fast riffing, reminding me of Godsmack.
Never cared for consequences, we take no prisoners
Don’t bother with regrets, we push forward till it hurts
It’s got the spirit of the early 80s.
This appeared on the “Hollow” EP and was released as a single back then.
So maybe I’m the one that needed saving
Someone to rescue me from myself
Maybe we are not so perfect after all.
It stars off with a bass groove and drums, while the guitars kick in with shimmering arpeggios and clean tone melodies.
In the Chorus, they blast out the distortion.
The song is a bit derivative of the other songs and if I was John Kalodner, I would be leave this song off.
Inside My Head
The clean tone Intro reminds me of something but I can’t think of what.
It also sounds like part two of “Today”.
This appeared on the “Hollow” EP as an acoustic track and here it gets the plugged in treatment.
Morgan Rose from Sevendust appears again as a guest drummer on this track.
The Chorus is melodic and excellent. Press play to hear it.
So Beautiful, So Evil
How good is the intro?
From the moment she laid her eyes on me
I knew how dangerous she could be
It’s like a Coverdale lyric about serpentine women.
Not Even God
Nonpoint and Sevendust come to mind but like “Today” and “Insiee My Head”, I would have done a Kalodner.
Another song I would have left off the album. Not that it’s a bad song, it’s because it sounds like many others on the album.
While The City Sleeps
One of my favourite songs.
The lyric of cruising the city while it sleeps could be a reference to Kyle’s job as a paramedic. Yes, while doing Digital Summer, he is also a full time paramedic with a generous boss who gives him time off to tour. His brother Ian is also a paramedic.
With the 16 songs, it’s a good album, however if list was cut down to about 10, then it would be a great album.
Either way, if you like heavy rock, crank it.