Human (Three Days Grace album)

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Human
Three Days Grace Human.jpg
Studio album by
ReleasedMarch 31, 2015 (2015-03-31)
RecordedNoble Street Studios, Toronto, Ontario
Genre
Length39:31
Label
ProducerGavin Brown
Three Days Grace chronology
Transit of Venus
(2012)
Human
(2015)
Outsider
(2018)
Singles from Human
  1. "Painkiller"
    Released: April 1, 2014
  2. "I Am Machine"
    Released: September 30, 2014
  3. "Human Race"
    Released: March 23, 2015
  4. "Fallen Angel"
    Released: September 15, 2015[3]

Human is the fifth studio album by Canadian rock band Three Days Grace. The album was released on March 31, 2015 through RCA Records. This is the group's first album without original lead singer Adam Gontier, and the first with My Darkest Days lead singer Matt Walst.[4] It debuted at No. 16 on the Billboard 200.

Singles[edit]

On April 1, 2014, the band released "Painkiller" on iTunes.[5] On April 8, 2014, the song was released to US rock radio stations.[6] Two months later, it reached No. 1 on the Billboard Mainstream Rock chart.[7] The second single, "I Am Machine",[8] released in September 2014, reached No. 1 on the same chart. On March 23, 2015, "Human Race" was released as the third single.[9] On September 15, 2015, "Fallen Angel" was released as the fourth single.[10]

Reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
Mind Equals Blown7/10[11]
Revolver3/5 stars[12]
Sputnikmusic1.5/5[2]
Ultimate Guitar Archive6.7/10[13]
Cryptic Rock3.5/5 stars[14]
New Noise Magazine3/5 stars[15]
Toronto Sun2/5[1]
MusicReviewRadar3.5/5 stars[16]

Human has received mixed reviews upon release. The album debuted at number 2 on the Canadian Albums Chart, selling 6,700 copies in its first week.[17]

As of January 8, 2016, the album has sold 121,000 copies in the US.[18]

Heather Allen at Mind Equals Blown stated "It's always worrisome when a singer gets replaced because the band that you've come to know and love could easily do a complete musical 180. Luckily, Three Days Grace didn't stray too far from their original style". Allen praised Walst for his ability to "channel Gontier without being a complete replica of him."[11] Nick Mongiardo of Sputnikmusic gave a much more negative review, observing that "in reality, this album seriously could have been much worse. Despite this realization, that's also like saying that a nuclear holocaust could be worse." Mongiardo considers the album to "truly suffer" from the lack of Gontier.[2] MusicReviewRadar, on the other hand, stated "the departure of the iconic Adam Gontier could have forced the band’s loss of identity and direction but Matt Walst managed to fill in Adam’s spot without becoming a complete replica" and that "the album was a good surprise [...] well balanced between soft and good-old Three Days Grace-style tracks".[19]

Track listing[edit]

All tracks are written by Three Days Grace (Neil Sanderson, Barry Stock, Brad Walst and Matt Walst) and producer Gavin Brown, with additional writers as listed below.

Standard edition
No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."Human Race" 4:09
2."Painkiller"
2:58
3."Fallen Angel"
3:06
4."Landmine" 3:25
5."Tell Me Why" 3:30
6."I Am Machine"
  • Andrews
3:21
7."So What"
2:57
8."Car Crash" 2:50
9."Nothing's Fair in Love and War" 3:44
10."One Too Many"
  • Casey Marshall
2:41
11."The End Is Not the Answer" 2:52
12."The Real You" 3:56
Total length:39:31

Charts[edit]

Chart (2015) Peak
position
Australian Albums (ARIA)[20] 63
Canadian Albums (Billboard)[21] 2
German Albums (Offizielle Top 100)[22] 77
New Zealand Albums (RMNZ)[23] 34
US Billboard 200[24] 16
US Top Album Sales (Billboard)[25] 10
US Top Rock Albums (Billboard)[26] 3
US Top Alternative Albums (Billboard)[27] 3
US Top Hard Rock Albums (Billboard)[28] 1

Single charts[edit]

Year Single Peak chart positions
CAN
[29]
US
Alt.

[30]
US
Main.

[7]
US
Rock

[31]
2014 "Painkiller" 86 1 24
"I Am Machine" 38 1 20
2015 "Human Race" 3 34
"Fallen Angel" 6
"—" denotes releases that did not chart or not released to that country.

Personnel[edit]

References[edit]

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