Design the Skyline
Nevaeh


2.0
poor

Review

by Jake C. Taylor USER (89 Reviews)
August 16th, 2011 | 552 replies | 50,798 views


Release Date: 2011 | Tracklist

Review Summary: “Not every band sounds their best on their first demo, you know, and it’s crazy how much it blew us up!” – Design the Skyline.

25 of 27 thought this review was well written

The image of Design the Skyline exploding is surely a concept many would revel in, but you could argue they definitely had the right publicity approach going into this game. When their demo single “Surrounded by Silence” was shamelessly supported by Victory Records in mid-May, the backlash was incredible, but comprehensible. It was like “Friday” went something-core in the backwoods, consequently making any listener want to be literally surrounded by perpetual silence. Is it possible that while Victory were proclaiming the septet’s boundary pushing significance, they had instead overstated it? Did the investment in the single and the subsequent public decree of epic-failure cause fallout at Victory headquarters? To briskly rectify the situation by having them record and release their rehabilitating debut in the short space of 3 months is the only conclusion that can describe the way Nevaeh sounds. It’s a pure retreat from the jarring, uncompromising pile of junk they began with, in favour of musical conformity.

Whether the above is due to label pressure, or community hostility is not really of major relevance, but it may offer insights. Throughout its succinct half hour, the band scatter their largely uninteresting now semi-disjointed melodies, alongside tried and tested electro-filled interludes that make your little cousin look like a Casio wizard, all while under some sort of duress from pretentious ideologies and themes – they are, after all, teetering across pubescence. Amongst these generic notions of inherent human hate during “Under the Blood Driven Moon” and world corruption in “Crystal Swords Kill the Hordes” the band blatantly displace a few instrumental distractions, which they’d have you call sundry. With tinges of (in the band’s own words) Led Zeppelin and The Doors, “Reverie’s” intro ironically does sound like Black Sabbath’s “Solitude”, only a little more upbeat. Along with the electronic interlude of “Free for Infinity” and the acoustic conclusion of “Nevaeh” these three emplace the general concept of acoustic copout, even if they share some sense of melodic awareness in structure.

Nevaeh is neither hilariously awful, nor amazingly good. In fact, considering where they began it’s rather imitative, leaving the resounding echoes of Daniel Garza’s appalling grunts as the only minor distinction. The band equally suffers from the same universe of diseases many other embryonic bands out of these microgenres have come to obliviously endure. But does this mean it’s a complete failure like their introduction was? Oddly, Nevaeh’s saving grace are its occasional points of crude charm, like “Cybernetic Strawflower’s” catchy breakdown, or, “Destroyer’s” melo-death configuration. So if you were teething away waiting for an album to rock your socks off to while you post pumped profanities and auto-trolled your way into bandom, look elsewhere. It’s naive, even archaic, to surrender any sense of objectivity as a result of how badly Design the Skyline introduced themselves. Readers take heed; they can play their instruments, they’re just not so good at exploiting the potential.



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taylormemer
August 16th 2011



4887 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

omg

iFghtffyrdmns
August 16th 2011



7047 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5 | Sound Off

omg is right. to be honest though, I'm glad you wrote a review like this. I was expecting to see a bunch of 1 reviews going "OMG ITS SO BAD THEY SO BAD MUSIC INDUSTRY SUXXX WAHHH", but you actually put some thought into this.

obviously this still sucks though. good job.

Scoot
August 16th 2011



17493 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0 | Sound Off

"this is not the bottom of the barrel. this is not scraping the bottom of the barrel. this doesn't even deserve to be mentioned in the same sentence as barrels."

- roger ebert

Carnifex
August 16th 2011



1918 Comments


I listened to this and I just couldn't take their image out of my head, its hard haha.

Eulogize
August 16th 2011



2968 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Track 1 and 7 are actually half decent songs. They need to cut out their clean vocals and synth and go for a more straightforward deathcore sound.

taylormemer
August 16th 2011



4887 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

"this is not the bottom of the barrel. this is not scraping the bottom of the barrel. this doesn't even deserve to be mentioned in the same sentence as barrels."

Ebert's masterpiece writing.

MalleusMaleficarum
August 16th 2011



12298 Comments


so wait a second.

they can play their instruments?

RosaParks
August 16th 2011



14592 Comments


no, not really

Kris.
August 16th 2011



11458 Comments


"Throughout the its succinct half hour"


huh

taylormemer
August 16th 2011



4887 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

oh fuck.

Scoot
August 16th 2011



17493 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0 | Sound Off

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PJ6YZX4hWKE&feature=relmfu

taylormemer
August 16th 2011



4887 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

lol poor kids.

Tyrael
August 16th 2011



20442 Comments


Good review. I couldn't find any redeeming factors about this album at all so you're overrating it a bit imo but yeah fine work.

FromDaHood
Contributing Reviewer
August 16th 2011



8963 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5 | Sound Off

I like their experimental songs

Digging: Waxahatchee - Cerulean Salt

loveisamixtape
August 16th 2011



5787 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

good review. i don't agree with any of the recommended if you like section except for enter shakari, but still. nice review.

album is dildos

Carnifex
August 16th 2011



1918 Comments


I always thought just someone at Victory played all the instruments for them on this record and they just signed them for their image. That's just me though. I thought it was strange they went from scene pseudo-mathcore to deathcore I See Stars so quickly though.

SeaAnemone
August 16th 2011



18879 Comments


there's so much music that I just fail to take seriously whatsoever now-- like to the point of not even judging it at all... this stuff and the post-hard-metal-screamo-breakdown-core is definitely a part of that group

taylormemer
August 16th 2011



4887 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

I tend to agree.

Tyrael
August 16th 2011



20442 Comments


post-hard-metal-screamo-breakdown-core

Are you referring to crunkcore?

SeaAnemone
August 16th 2011



18879 Comments


but other than that qualm (which shouldn't really be a qualm at all) you take a nice look at an album that probably won't get much serious criticism at all*




*not that it deserves it in my eyes, but still



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