Release Date: May 20, 2016
Record label: Epitaph
Genre(s): Pop/Rock, Alternative Pop/Rock
Along The Shadow is Saosin's first full-length with original vocalist Anthony Green, and it friggin' rules. The screamo pioneers confidently return to their scene with a consistent, eclectic but cohesive mix of heavy alt-rock sounds that have collectively been defining our generation (millennials) since the band's formation in the early 2000s. Many years in the making, Green's confident vocal cords, spurred by the fantastic production of Will Yip, are impeccable, giving the effect of a lucid Circa Survive dream that drifts in and out of nightmare just at the right time.
Frontman Anthony Green first got his start singing for Saosin only to leave after the release of its 2003 EP (to form Circa Survive). However, a few years ago, Green re-entered the fold and Along the Shadow is Saosin’s first full-length to feature him, although you wouldn’t guess it by how seamless it sounds. While Green’s falsetto is immediately distinctive, a pop-tinged ballad like “The Stutter Says a Lot” and the blazing screamo anthem “The Secret Meaning of Freedom” stand on their own as fully formed compositions.
Along the Shadow holds a special place in the Saosin catalog. It's both a fresh start and a continuation, a new addition and a nostalgic return. As the third album in the band's run, it is also the first full-length to feature founding vocalist Anthony Green, who recorded the band's debut EP in 2003 before moving on to Circa Survive. In the years between Green's contributions, Saosin dropped a pair of albums with singer Cove Reber, which may have well been from a completely different group.
Anthony Green is back with Saosin. A lot can change in seven years. Even more in 12, as Circa Survive’s Anthony Green is back on a Saosin recording for the first time since 2004.In the time between then and now, the band have released two albums, shed Green’s replacement Cove Reber and ultimately disappeared from view while they did other stuff.