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I Prevail 'Post Traumatic' Album Review By Nina McCarthy

I Prevail

Post Traumatic

Fearless Records

October 30, 2020

Album Review By Nina McCarthy

Boston Rock Radio




Anyone that has lived through or witnessed a terrifying event may suffer from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. In March of 2019, American metalcore band I Prevail brought us Traumabased on the personal experiences of the band. Following up on that Grammy nominated album they have now brought you their live album, Post Traumatic, released October 30th. Yes, you will be reliving the memories of Trauma, but in this case it will be a flashback you will enjoy.


During this time of pandemic, bands must be creative to continue to get their music out there. I Prevail came up with a great solution and brought you a live album. Whether this was planned pre-pandemic or not I don’t know, but regardless, it comes to us at a perfect time. The one thing I love about this band is that they cross over and combine so many genres from rap to metalcore to melodic rock in one album, that there is no doubt something for every mood.  Post Traumatic is a compilation of these Detroit rockers’ second studio album, Traumabut now recorded live from various shows and genre crossing collaborations. Trauma was the fourth best-selling album of the week in the US upon release and accumulated nearly 480 million worldwide streams, so we can appreciate it again, with an added twist of ‘live’ and unique renditions.


Post Traumatic features recordings from over a dozen live shows including lead explosive metalcore single “Bow Down” (featuring the screams of Eric Vanlerberghe) from Grand Rapids, “Rise Above It” from Montreal, amongst other recordings from Detroit, Vienna, London, Australia, Boston, Pittsburgh, and Fayetteville. “Hurricane” (inspired by clean vocalist Brian Burkheiser’s serious traumatic vocal injury that almost ended his career), was brought live from Vienna with the crowd singing along at his request. Near the end of this 17-track collection, you’ll hear “Hurricane” again, this time beatuifully acoustically “re-imagined." “Paranoid,” definitely a symptom of PTSD, was delivered live from Germany’s Rock am Ring, which sadly was canceled for 2020 due to the coronavirus outbreak.


There are some surprising collaborations on this album, especially noteworthy, and for those who like the lighter side of rock, is “Every Time You Leave” featuring Canadian vocalist Delaney Jane, with a SiriusXM radio version and a special acoustic duet-like version recorded during the Covid-19 quarantine. “Feel Something” features EDM superstars  illENIUM and Excision and “Deadweight” features Beartooth’s Caleb Shomo. Another double feature track is “DOA” being brought live from London along with a version that spotlights rapper Joyner Lucas, who I must mention is from Worcester, MA for my fellow New Englanders.


For anyone struggling, “Breaking Down” is dedicated to you and as Burkhesiser says during his introduction, “We all struggle but it’s okay to tell people when you’re not doing okay.” I use the PTSD analogy in this review, but by no means am I poking fun or minimizing the disorder. Many, in addition to Veterans, suffer from the disabling symptoms. If you are suffering from PTSD, depression, or suicidal thoughts, please reach out to someone you trust or call the National Suicide Prevention Hotline at 800-273-8255. You are not alone. Help is available.


On a lighter note, if you are a diehard I Prevail fan, no doubt you already received your album on October 30th. If not, and if you like live recordings that include the cheering, band banter, and sing alongs, or you just desperately need to feel like you can perceive the prowess of the band in front of you, are surrounded by moshing and screaming crowds at a concert, then I highly recommend that you give Post Traumatic a listen now! The very least you would come away with is a temporary emotional escape from your own stress of this pandemic as you take a different, more enjoyable, emotional ride with the band. I Prevail will be back to the UK in the Spring of 2021. Let’s hope for some more US dates, once it’s safe.


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“Deadweight” Live featuring Caleb Shomo

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