Design the Skyline
Nevaeh


2.0
poor

Review

by TommyIcedB USER (16 Reviews)
April 19th, 2012 | 43 replies | 2,650 views


Release Date: 2011 | Tracklist

Review Summary: A complete turnaround from the infamous 'Surrounded by Silence', but Design the Skyline still have many more mistakes to learn from.

7 of 7 thought this review was well written

After a quick look at the music video for Design the Skyline's 'Surrounded by Silence', it is highly understandable why so many listeners felt an undying rage against the music industry. It's a painful experience; it is an assault of stupidity on your ears, and it's also horrible visually. The perfect definition of the "scene kids" subculture, accompanied by some extremely ridiculous nicknames. Design the Skyline was doomed to be some sort of obscure internet meme to represent low intelligence in the youth of today as they try to break into the music industry, shrouded over by genuinely respectable artists.

Or so we thought.

'Nevaeh' is the exact opposite of the aforementioned disaster. Whether it's by label Victory Records influence or their own decision after being bombarded with hatred on their original material, Design the Skyline's album material (shock and horror) actually makes sense. Gone are the poor attempts at mathcore, and, although some of the problems still remain.

Opening track 'Crystal Swords Kill the Hordes' should get across what the majority of the album is all about. Opening with *sigh* chugging, this song gets better once it advances beyond this bland and uninspired mess of open notes. It really picks up at the chorus. Synth-infused metalcore is not uncommon any more, there are endless streams of bands coming into the style, but Design the Skyline, surprisingly, to some extent, gets it right. Despite being simplistic, the synth tunes simplicity is actually its biggest strength. It melds well with the guitar, and bassist Ethan White's clean vocals, despite bordering on whiny, actually creates a half-decent hooks.

'Reality Away' follows on from this trend. The keyboards and clean vocals are actually the band's biggest strengths; the synth section towards the end is actually rather mesmerizing. Lead single 'Break Free From Your Life' edges to close to highly generic "synthcore", but could be called a guilty pleasure.

It's ironic that, as I was thinking of how well the keyboard is implemented, the other tracks off the album 'Destroyer', 'Cybernetic Strawflower', 'Witch of the Woods' and 'Under The Blood Driven Moon' range from very little to none of it whatsoever. It's a tad disappointing, and these tracks sound like fairly plain, uninteresting deathcore.

The rest of the album is seemingly just filler. We have two interludes and an outro. These songs are a complete stray from the deathcore of the rest of the album, for better or for worse. The main advantage is that they prove that they can *gasp* actually play their instruments very well, although these tracks might as well be ignored.

The main weakness of the entire album is the vocals. Daniel Garza (no, I will not call you "Dani Doom") makes poor attempts at gutteral screams, and ends up gargling most of them, creating an unpleasant sound down your ears. With full-volume headphones, it's potentially headache-inducing.

'Nevaeh' is neither truly amazing or disastrously bad. It's a far cry from 'Surrounded by Silence', but also a far cry from truly decent. 'Nevaeh' proves that they have a lot of talent (well, except the vocalists) but they just haven't put it to good use yet. Let's hope they learn from their mistakes, otherwise there's more of this middle-of-the-line disappointment on the way.



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Comments:Add a Comment 
TommyIcedB
April 19th 2012



24 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

My first shot at a review. Let me know what you thought

MO
April 19th 2012



18419 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0

should've done a different album for your first review, this doesn't deserve the attention

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KjSwantko
April 19th 2012



9261 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

beast of an album

Mickeymau5
April 19th 2012



1614 Comments


or get a better vocalist

MO
April 19th 2012



18419 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0

or don't be a band anymore

macadoolahicky
April 19th 2012



1835 Comments


You are brave to write your first with an album as hated as this. Not a bad review.

Shuyin
April 19th 2012



11422 Comments


just gave a listen to that demo out of curiosity

what a piece of shit

good review anyway

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lucasjcockcroft
April 19th 2012



3703 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

yeah, if the clean singer was gone this would be a 2

J0ckstrapsFTW
April 19th 2012



3652 Comments


Fuck this fucking band

MMX
April 19th 2012



4794 Comments


solid but unnecessary review

lucasjcockcroft
April 19th 2012



3703 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

the clean singer is gone.

*the cleans


TommyIcedB
April 19th 2012



24 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

Just gotta say, despite the differing opinions, I'm glad that overall my first review was enjoyed

Parallels
April 19th 2012



6641 Comments


haircutcore

AtomicShane
April 19th 2012



1764 Comments


some instramental parts arnt bad, but fuck me the singers suck hella dick.

FearThyEvil
April 19th 2012



12467 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0

^So does Miss May I's?

StagnantWords
April 19th 2012



318 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0

this is some horrible, horrible music.

macadoolahicky
April 19th 2012



1835 Comments


Miss May I has become just as awful.

InFiction
April 19th 2012



3645 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5 | Sound Off

Pretty good for a first review. I would just say to stick some of the latter paragraphs together to make it seem a little less spread out. Other than that, pretty good. I'll Pos.

UnnamedOcean
April 19th 2012



3965 Comments


This band has the technical skill to be better, but they don't have the mentality or intelligence to write better music,

MTObsidian
April 19th 2012



118 Comments


Some of the worst stuff I've ever heard...



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