Billy Talent III

~ Release group by Billy Talent

Album

Release Format Tracks Date Country Label Catalog# Barcode
Official
Billy Talent III CD 14 Warner Music Canada (imprint of Warner Music Canada) 5051865-4517-2-3 5051865451723
Billy Talent III CD 11 Warner Music Canada (imprint of Warner Music Canada) 5051865-4703-2-8 5051865470328
Billy Talent III (iTunes exclusive) Digital Media 13 Warner Music Canada (imprint of Warner Music Canada)
Billy Talent III Digital Media 11 Warner Music Canada (imprint of Warner Music Canada) 825646898336
Billy Talent III CD 11 Warner Music Canada (imprint of Warner Music Canada) 2564-68983-6 825646898367
Billy Talent III Digital Media 12
Billy Talent III (“Guitar Villain” deluxe edition) 2×CD 11 + 15 Warner Music Canada (imprint of Warner Music Canada) 2 898343 825646898343
Billy Talent III CD 11 Warner Music Canada (imprint of Warner Music Canada) 2 898350 825646898350
Billy Talent III CD 11 Warner Music Canada (imprint of Warner Music Canada) 2564689836 9340650003718
Billy Talent III Digital Media 11 Roadrunner Records 016861781705
Billy Talent III CD 11 Roadrunner Records 016861781729
Billy Talent III (special edition) Digital Media 14 Roadrunner Records 016861781798
Billy Talent III CD 13 Roadrunner Records RRCY-21356 4527583009689

Relationships

associated singles/EPs: Devil on My Shoulder
Rusted From the Rain
Rusted From the Rain EP
Saint Veronika
part of: Music Canada Certified Double Platinum Albums
Music Canada Certified Platinum Albums
Music Canada Certified Gold Albums
Allmusic: http://www.allmusic.com/album/mw0000822763 [info]
Discogs: https://www.discogs.com/master/229555 [info]
Wikidata: Q863255 [info]
reviews: http://www.bbc.co.uk/music/reviews/42p2 [info]

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Billy Talent III is the unimaginatively named but imaginatively created third disc from the Canadian rock four piece. Multi-award winning in their home country, Billy Talent are looking to duplicate that success here after their last album Billy Talent II (notice a pattern?) was certified silver in the UK.

The band grew up with Nirvana and Pearl Jam – and it shows in their epic yet intimate song style. Their visceral approach is no doubt due in some part to the presence of Red Hot Chili Peppers and Rage Against The Machine producer Brendan O'Brien.

Much of the album's highs belong to Ian D'Sa and his brilliant guitar riffs (he has an equally brilliant quiff that would turn La Roux green). It seems like the guitar is king here: a 'Guitar Villain' special edition has a second disc with the guitar tracks removed and guitar tabs included so fans can play along.

There's much to like. Opener Devil On My Shoulder is the stand-out hit, with an epic riff and a real Anthony Kiedis vibe. The Dead Can't Testify is like a modern day Bohemian Rhapsody with equally bonkers lyrics. And album closer Definition Of Destiny sits somewhere between the over-the-top fabulousness of Tenacious D and some classic Bon Jovi.

They definitely have lyrical style: take Turn Your Back, which has already been debuted during live shows. Kowalewicz drawls, ''You'll run, run away, but there's no place to hide / You're too late, so kiss your ass goodbye'' with both menace and sex appeal.

Billy Talent do have a tendency to ape other artists – Tears Into Wine sounds uncannily like The Stones' Paint It Black and Diamond On A Land Mine shares a guitar riff with The Police's Can't Stand Losing You. But both are great templates so that's nothing to sniff about.

In a nutshell, if you like melodic, upbeat rock with epic guitar riffs – you'll like Billy Talent III. Kowalewicz's vocals are sex on a stick and D'Sa and Gallant's guitar skills combined with Solowoniuk's drums make this a pretty hot package.