To be honest, I’ve never been a fan of Pierce The Veil, even though I like many of their fellow post-hardcore bands. Not that I’ve never tried to listen to them, believe me I did. I don’t say that they are not good. It just didn’t please my ears, especially the vocals, which are a bit too high pitched in my opinion. This being said, the band recently dropped a song from this album called King For A Day (which features guest vocals from Sleeping With Sirens‘ Kellin Quinn) and I have to say that I really enjoyed it from the first listen. Then I started wondering : Is it me appreciating different things than I used to or is it an improvement of Pierce The Veil in a way I enjoy more?
When I received ‘Collide With The Sky’ and gave it a first listen, it was obvious that there was something new about how the band sounded. A real progress, as I could hear more depth in the music and stronger vocals. But I think the tone is still quite original and may not please everyone.However, without being an incredible progress in music history, the band’s third effort is a very enjoyable album which proves that the band worked hard since the release of ‘Selfish Machines’ (2010, Equal Vision Records) and still got a lot to give. What I liked the most about this album is the atmosphere is sets. Most of the time, it’s very catchy and entertaining, which totally fits with the season (even though it seems like the sun isn’t ready to show up in our continent, but let’s pretend it is). It sounds fun and energetic and although the album as a whole is very consistent, songs still stand out one from another, which is – I guess – a notable quality nowadays.With some highlights such as those heavy guitar riffs in The First Punch, or those powerful and also catchy vocals lead singer Vic Fuentes provides in Props and Mayhems, this album is a real post-hardcore release, with some more melodies and not only a collection of guitar riffs put together. Pierce The Veil even don’t forget to put some of their roots in this release, with some latin melodies in the song Bulls In The Bronx (2nd single), which reminded me a slightly bit of Upon A Burning Body‘s El Mariachi. And as if this wasn’t enough, San Diego’s quartet also invited quality guests such as Kellin Quinn (as mentioned before) or Letlive.‘s Jason Butler on the brutal Tangles In The Great Escape. Lindsey Stamey of Oh No Fiasco is also part of the record (Hold On Till May).
To finish, ‘Collide With The Sky’ has all the ingredients an album needs in order not to be boring. From a gradually fading in deep and lively intro May These Noises Startle You In Your Sleep Tonight -which smoothly leads to the next song Hell Above (another highlight of the album)- to the last song which sounds like an actual end (good point because otherwise the listener remains frustrated), Pierce The Veil didn’t fail at taking their music to the next level.
‘Collide With The Sky’ is therefore an album which worths the listen wether you like Pierce The Veil or not. The album is also streaming in its entirety as of today, so you have no excuse not to give it a shout and make up your own mind about it.
Artist: Pierce The Veil
Album: Collide With The Sky
Release Date: 17.07.12 (Fearless Records)