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Senses Fail rocks it harder on latest album

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Senses Fail has certainly never been what you'd call a lightweight band. But the New Jersey headbangers took a noticeably harder turn on their sixth album, "Renacer," which came out in March.

"It is a lot heavier than other things we've done, which is a little bit different, but that's OK," acknowledges frontman Buddy Nielsen. "I always liked this kind of music more. I always lean towards heavy music -- and, really, it's not heavy in comparison to other heavy bands.

"But I knew some of our fans would need to adjust to it. Fortunately they seem to like it. We're not getting panned, at least."

"Renacer" also ushered in a new producer for Senses Fail -- Shaun Lopez, who plays in the band Far and has also produced for Whitechapel, VersaEmerge and Dead Sara and did a remix for Rob Zombie. "He just brought a different take on everything," explains Nielsen, 29, who doubles as Senses Fail's tour manager. "We wanted everything to be a new experience this time, completely new, which is one reason we went with (Lopez).

"He sort of let us run the ship, really. He had a lot to do with the guitars and the actual recording of them, but he's not a very sort of 'my way or the highway' kind of guy. He's suggestive and lets you make decisions on whether you like his opinion or not, but it definitely pushed us to have our (act) together."

Senses Fail, Such Gold, Real Friends and Major League perform Saturday, May 4, at the Magic Stick, 4120 Woodward Ave., Detroit. Doors open at 8 p.m. Tickets are $15 in advance, $18 day of show. Call 313-833-9700 or visit www.majesticdetroit.com.

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