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.
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.