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Anthony Sorendino 07/25/12 08:41 AM

Imagine Dragons - Continued Silence EP
 
Imagine Dragons - Continued Silence EP
Record Label: Interscope
Release Date: February 14, 2012


On the surface, Las Vegas is ripe with routs of high-stakes gambling and exquisite dining, but venture under the surface of Sin City and into the surrounding communities, and you'll find the Las Vegas music scene. You should be warned, though, because you might not be happy with what you find. The Entertainment Capital of the World might shine when it comes to casinos and hotel-resorts, but it falls short in terms of quality local music.

Every once in a while, however, Vegas does churn out a diamond in the rough, as we've seen with bands like The Killers and Panic at the Disco. Well, it appears that it's time for Las Vegas to reveal it's next big diamond: Imagine Dragons.

The four piece band released their self-titled EP in 2009 and have continued to release a new EP every year since (Hell and Silence, 2010; It's Time, 2011). Their latest effort, Continued Silence (February 2012) has finally broken the barrier for them and they plan to release their debut full length album, Night Visions on September 4th, 2012.

For Continued Silence, Imagine Dragons has teamed up with an all-star crew, including two Grammy winners: producer Alex Da Kid (Eminem, Rihanna) and mastering engineer Joe LaPorta (Foo Fighters, Fall Out Boy). This 20 minute, six song jewel shines brighter than any light in Vegas.

The EP begins with the marching, post-apocalyptic "Radioactive." The song starts out with a haunting acoustic section that launches into the first verse with vocalist Dan Reynolds recounting, "I'm waking up to ash and dust...this is it, the apocalypse." The hypnotizing chorus breaks in while maintaining the signature, simple beat of the song. "Radioactive" is a beckoning call for the rest of the album to follow in it's wake.

"Demons" comes in as a slower relief to the EP's opener, but it shouldn't be overlooked. The song boasts a powerful chorus with Reynolds singing "When you feel my heat, look into my eyes. It's where my demons hide."

"Demons" does everything to leave a sense of unpreparedness for what comes next. "On Top of the World" is an anthemic celebration with a soaring chorus that explains the feeling a band gets when making it big after years of struggling.

The penultimate track "It's Time" is the only track taken from a previous release, (the 2011 EP of the same title), but for good reason. It was released as a single and has found it's way onto satellite and local radio stations and can also be found in a trailer for the upcoming release, The Perks of Being A Wallflower (September 2012). The spirited clapping beat and infectious riff of this song lead into a harmonious chorus with Reynolds chanting "...now don't you understand? I'm never changing who I am."

Continued Silence is refreshing, versatile, and just downright enjoyable. Each track has something different to offer making this an EP that can be listened to over and over again. If Imagine Dragons continues with it's current direction, they'll be sure to join the ranks of their fellow Vegas jewels.

Recommended If You LikeHalos, Gary Go, Band of Horses, The Killers, The Airborne Toxic Event; Las Vegas; Anagrams

Additional InformationTracklist:
1. Radioactive
2. Demons
3. On Top of the World
4. Round and Round
5. It's Time
6. My Fault

Imagine Dragons is:
Dan Reynolds (vocals)
Wayne Sermon (guitar)
Ben McKee (bass)
Daniel Platzman (drums)

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Speed512 07/26/12 02:05 PM

Excellent review! Just listened to 'Radioactive' and 'Round and Round' and i love what i'm hearing! I'll be sure to purchase this sooner than later.

Gregory Robson 07/26/12 07:23 PM

Nice review. Band is amazing. Good work.

XLT917 07/28/12 05:52 PM

Love this band, can't wait for the full length.

NotEmo.JustMe 07/29/12 08:39 AM

Been a big fan of theirs for a couple months now. Their song 'Radioactive' is featured in a commercial for some new show called 'Chicago Fire'; I about flipped out when I heard it, hah.

Every time I listen to this EP I love it more than the last time. Can't wait for an album!

justbradley 07/29/12 05:13 PM

I picked this up a few weeks ago, and never even had heard of them before, but I know a friend who's really into this band. I checked out, and was definitely hooked.

Capulet 07/30/12 09:35 AM

amazing amazing ep

blazike911 07/30/12 02:53 PM

nice review. awesome EP. needs more exposure... have been making my friends listen and havent heard anything negative yet!

IPixedYouu 07/31/12 11:03 AM

Starting to really love this band. First time I heard "It's Time" on the radio, I felt like I needed to buy it. The EP is great too but can't wait for their album, though. Love the beats...fits so well with the lyrics.

kennedyAM 08/01/12 08:36 PM

great review, love this band. Reminds me at times of Kings of Leon, at times The Killers. Excited for the full length come september, all the best to them.

Jason Cox 09/26/12 07:45 PM

One of the best things to happen to mainstream music in the past five years. I really enjoyed this album.