Three Days Grace is Back on Top of the Mountain and They Are Not Coming Down Any Time Soon


Ralph Arvesen

Three Days Grace performing at the River City Rockfest at the AT&T Center in San Antonio, Texas on May 27, 2017. Photo courtesy of Ralph Arvesen.

Sophia Lottmann, Staff Writer

Three Days Grace formed all the way back in 1992. (Think about it, that’s 30 years ago!) Not a lot of bands get the chance to be that successful for that long. They have had 10 No.1 Hits and 13 Top 10 Hits. Leading up to 2013, the band started to become less relevant and started to disappear off the charts. At this time, the band consisted of Adam Gontier, Barry Stock, Brad Waltst, Neil Sanderson and Dani Rosenoer.  Gontier left the band in 2013. 


“It is important for me to address any concerns regarding my health being connected to drugs or addiction. The truth is, when I was struggling during that dark time in my life, I hit rock bottom, and I had the kindest of people reach out from all over the world, and reach their hands out to help pick me up. The truth is, and I’m very proud to say this. I am sober. That chapter in my life is over. There have been many defining moments in my life. My time as part of Three Days Grace is most definitely one of the miraculous ones. But after twenty years of being part of an ever evolving band, I have been inspired by life to move on and to continue to evolve on my own terms,” Gontier said.


In Spring 2013, Gontier was replaced by Matt Walst who at the time was the singer of a band called My Darkest Days. After Walst joined the band, they started to once again become extremely relevant around the world. In late 2021, Three Days Grace released one of their newest songs called “So Called Life.” This was their first release since Three Days Grace’s cover of Gotye’s “Somebody That I Used To Know,” which came out in July 2020.


Coming from someone who listens to heavy metal and rock, this song is perfect because there is no waiting for the heavy to start. There is definitively a heavy usage of drums and guitar during the entire song. Yes, this song is a little heavier than some of their other music, but it’s not the only one. 


Three Days Grace bassist Brad Walst told Jave Patterson of Two Doods Reviews about the track. “It’s a little different. It’s a pretty heavy song and definitely full of emotions and frustrations of everyday life. It was actually the first song we wrote on this record, going back almost pre-pandemic. We started jamming, actually, beside Neil’s [Sanderson, drums] pool and it turned out really angry. I think it’s a great tune. I think the fans are gonna relate to it. And it’s gonna be a fun one live, I know that,” Walst said.


I really like the fact that the drums are being played front and center in this song. When you hear the combination of drums and vocals with this song you automatically feel the music and start to move to the beat.  I am giving this song a 10/10.


Three Days Grace’s single, “So Called Life” was No. 1 on Mediabase’s Active Rock chart and Billboard’s Mainstream Rock Songs chart. This was the band’s 17th No. 1 song on the Mediabase chart and 16th No. 1 on the Billboard chart, and tied the internationally successful multi-platinum band Shinedown for the artist with most #1’s on the Billboard chart.


On February 17, 2022 Three Days Grace released their newest song called “Neurotic,” the second song off their newest album, “Explosions.” Their upcoming album will be coming out May 6, 2022. This song has more of the typical Three Days Grace feel to it which is always awesome. The song is a collaboration between Matt Walst and Lukas Rossi.


“We added a Three Days Grace spin to it,” Matt Walst reveals. “Lukas has a great voice, and we match up pretty well.” “Everything is about tension and release,” adds Sanderson. “It defines the record.”

While I’m a fan of all of their music and Matt’s vocals are always amazing, I find that his emphasis on certain words in this song makes him a powerhouse! Again, the same as “So Called Life,” this song automatically makes you feel the music and start to move to the beat. I would rate this song a 10/10.


“We didn’t really direct the songs towards there, but we’re a pretty honest band and we like to write about our true emotions and what we’re going through. So, naturally, being stuck at home and stuck on Zoom with each other, some pretty emotional songs came out of it. We wrote the first half of the record remotely. We recorded it remotely, which we’d never done. And then we just got back together a couple of months ago and did the rest. But it was interesting, man, and definitely a different vibe. And I think some great songs came out of it,” said Walst.


Earlier in the month, Three Days Grace announced a tour for April and May 2022, including some headlining concerts and radio shows as the support act for Godsmack.