Release date: September 2009
Life Starts Now is the third studio album by Canadian rock band Three Days Grace. The album was released on September 22, 2009. It is the band's second album produced by Howard Benson, after its commercially successful predecessor One-X. It has sold more than 400,000 copies as of July 15, 2010 in the US.
As bassist Brad Walst described it, Life Starts Now is a record about "confronting life and how fragile it can be". At the same time, the lead vocalist/guitarist Adam Gontier said "The events of the past few years have made us more aware of what life really can be. So the album is about taking the situation that you're in, no matter how bad it feels, and making the best of it. Lyrically, most of the songs are based around that idea."
A sense of adventure permeates Life Starts Now, which the Toronto-based band began writing after coming off the road for One-X in April 2008. Though the album doesn't skimp on Gontier's trademark anguished vocals, Barry Stock's urgent riffs, or Sanderson and Walst's thunderous rhythm section, the band knew that they had evolved as musicians, thanks to hundreds of live shows, and wanted to capture it in their sound. "While touring behind One-X, we'd try new things at soundchecks and experiment a bit," recalls Walst, "but we had a bigger vision for this record. We wanted to do something a little different."
Pre-production for Life Starts Now began in January 2009 while the band began recording the music in Vancouver in March. The album was completed in August of the same year. After finalizing all aspects of the album, they officially announced that the album would be released on September 22, 2009.
Speaking of the album, drummer Sanderson confessed: "Even though we wanted this album to be different, there's a lot that hasn't changed. We still use music as a way to release emotion. The other thing that hasn't changed is the best part of it all: getting up on stage and killing it in front of 20,000 people!"
The album debuted at number three on the Billboard 200, selling 79,000 copies in the U.S. in its first week, thus becoming the band's highest charting album to date. The album also debuted on the Billboard Top Rock Albums chart at number two, along with "Break" which peaked at number 1 on the Billboard Rock Songs chart and "The Good Life" at number 85 on the Canadian Hot 100. The album has been nominated for Best Rock Album at the 2010 Juno awards. So far all of the singles off the album have reached number one on the Billboard "Rock Songs" charts.
The song "Goin' Down" was featured in an April 2010 commercial for the television show Criminal Minds.