Pierce the Veil
Collide with the Sky


4.5
superb

Review

by the academy USER (9 Reviews)
July 17th, 2012 | 451 replies


Release Date: 2012 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Don't think you're more than this, or above all this, with your "blah blah blah" and all your friends...

When I talk about bands like My Chemical Romance, The Used, and AFI (recent stuff, post-Sing the Sorrow), it's difficult to explain (or even articulate) their appeal to non-fans, despite the fact that--and let me be very clear about this--they're bands I like a lot. The specific aspect that gives pause is that dramatic performers that catch fire with young crowds face an instinctive apprehension from listeners who consider themselves seasoned or more discerning--a race to sniff out the bullshit and then post some snark about it.

When it came down to it, I could smell the very same bullshit back then. I saw grown men in makeup on the MTV or Fuse, adored by a crowd of neckbeards and stupid haircuts. Only, for some reason, it didn't bother me. I figured out that the false-punk ethos was sorta my bag a long time ago-ever since I began to fashion myself rather fly for a white guy. Whatever intrinsic contradictions I picked up on didn't really factor into what made my foot tap back in high school, but I would still never like buy a T-shirt with one of these bands on it or put their lyrics in my AIM profile, for fear that I'd end up having to bs a defense for their theatrics. It was just easier not to bother.

Not much has changed in the last seven or eight years. Normal sheep have all shaved their pelts and gotten jobs. They go to work and pay taxes. The black sheep have started to shave their heads unevenly and mixing electronic elements into what they're calling "post-hardcore," but for the most part, they're basically still just hanging out, going to shows, listening to jams. And then there's me, standing there in the middle of it all, with Collide With the Sky in my headphones, wondering ‘am I too old to dig this?'

The answer is probably yes, but fuck it if that matters. I still like most of the stuff that I would have been into ten years ago, only now I really can't be bothered to try and talk about why (so good luck with this review, jackasses!).

When MCR, The Used, and AFI found their greatest commercial successes, they took easily-digestible melodic punk rock, cleaned up the production, and set the songs to horror movies. "Violent, Dangerous Pop" is how MCR framed their music in an effort to avoid being mislabeled "emo," and that's the umbrella that I think works best here.

What I like about Pierce the Veil is that they do the same thing, only they do it with a high-pitched vocalist, and instead of using just punk rock, they draw from a mix of 'sing-scream' subgenres. Selfish Machines, their excellent sophomore offering, basically sounded like Coheed and Carlos Santana got together to cover their favorite tracks from Three Cheers…, Sing the Sorrow, and In Love and Death, and then sped up whatever they recorded 150%. And even though that sounds like it would be the worst thing in the world, it worked.

Collide with the Sky basically repeats the formula (thank god), so if you liked that album you should be pleased. Even the way starry opener "May These Noises Startle You" feeds right into "Hell Above" is reminiscent of that awesome "Southern Constellations"-into-"The Boy Who Could Fly" transition.

Most of the songs are, at their cores simple-proficient enough guitarwork and drumming, technical at times but never gratuitous, always leaving a nice beat to accompany the loathsome teenage suicide-valentine's-day-card poetry that makes each track such a fucking pleasure. Some songs add extra frills like strings or keys ("Stained Glass Eyes and Colorful Tears" integrates these nicely, right from the start, for example), but PTV's strengths have always come from pouring on the layers of vocals and guitars stuck together in a chaotic sonic jigsaw puzzle ("One Hundred Sleepless Nights" and the aforementioned "Hell Above").

The guest work on the album is also awesome. Jason Butler's (letlive.) contribution to "Tangled in the Great Escape" is highly dynamic (not that that's a surprise, though), and pairing it with Vic's vocals makes for a pretty interesting and welcome change (maybe the best track on the album). Perhaps a more surprising success, however, is the fact that "King for a Day," which features Kellen Quinn (Sleeping with Sirens… yes THAT guy and Vic on the same song) works as well.

If you've never looked into Pierce the Veil, Collide with the Sky is the gift you never really wanted, but after living with it for a while, it'll become indispensable. It's an electric shaver. If you liked their previous stuff, be ready for more.



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Comments:Add a Comment 
acADHDemy
July 16th 2012


1125 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Out tomorrow, tracks are streaming on their website.

Gyromania
July 16th 2012


15708 Comments


clever name. good review.

Gyromania
July 16th 2012


15708 Comments


One tip: try to avoid using descriptors like 'awesome'.

acADHDemy
July 16th 2012


1125 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

na i do it on purpose (for familiarity's sake, same thing with "sorta" and "bs"). If you have a problem with it you can neg (i would not take offense, i understand the criticism).

Gyromania
July 16th 2012


15708 Comments


s'all good, I guess if anything it could make you seem kind of approachable. pos

theacademy
Staff Reviewer
July 16th 2012


28521 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

yea awesome rules dude

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silentstar
July 16th 2012


2253 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Loved the review as much as I loved the album. The ending to Bulls in the Bronx is probably one of my favourite musical moments of 2012

theacademy
Staff Reviewer
July 16th 2012


28521 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Thanksdude, and yea that part rules hard

Nikkolae
July 16th 2012


4848 Comments


I only like A Flair for the Dramatic

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theacademy
Staff Reviewer
July 16th 2012


28521 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

its still the same band, so itll sound similar to some extent, but this is really way more polished like selfish machines was

ChuckyTruant
July 16th 2012


15716 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Incredible review. Über pos

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TooLateToGoBack
July 16th 2012


1764 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

awesome review. I'm really excited to pick this up tomorrow.

I LOVED King for a Day, and I generally hate whiny vocals.

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joshuahuntkc
July 17th 2012


1583 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Great Reveiw, definatly agree with the rating. If you like this album and havent hear any of their previous work, I highly suggest "A flair for the dramatic" as it is an excellent album and so is "Selfish Machines" however the prior is in my opinion a classic, its loaded with spectacular songs.

jackalope11
July 17th 2012


330 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Very very good review. Listening to it right now...Tangled In The Great Escape is an amazing fucking song.

Xenophanes
Emeritus
July 17th 2012


10594 Comments


What I like about Pierce the Veil is that they do the same thing, only they do it with a high-pitched vocalist, and instead of using just punk rock, they draw from a mix of 'sing-scream' subgenres.



lol'd. This was a fun read.

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theacademy
Staff Reviewer
July 17th 2012


28521 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

"mexicore"

RosaParks
July 17th 2012


14908 Comments


not nearly as good as selfish machines tbh

theacademy
Staff Reviewer
July 17th 2012


28521 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

hard to say after such a limited time, i dont think this album's top 5 would do very well vs. selfish machines' top 5 but theyre both basically the same

Devastator
July 17th 2012


2496 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Tangled in the great escape is sick. Jason never fails to deliver.

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SCREAMorphine
July 17th 2012


1752 Comments


Review is great.

I enjoyed the beginning, great job.



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