Billy Talent – Dead Silence (Warner Music Canada)

Since their 2003 debut record, Toronto’s Billy Talent have been shying away from the scream tags that were stuck to the band at the outset of their career. Dead Silence finds the band treading into a melodic-rock territory however it is not something being done at the expense of having softened their sound. Less screaming but more filling might be the most concise way to sum this record up. As the group (thankfully) continues to shed their screamo skin, Dead Silence demonstrates that at the heart of Billy Talent lies some phenomenal talent and, more importantly, phenomenal songs.