A Skylit Drive
She Watched the Sky


4.0
excellent

Review

by encmetalhead USER (48 Reviews)
January 31st, 2007 | 129 replies


Release Date: 2007 | Tracklist

Review Summary: A breath of fresh air in a stale genre.

Atlantic versus Pacific, East versus west, East Coast versus West Coast, California versus North Carolina. What does this have to do with a CD, you may ask. Well, A Skylit Drive hails from Sacramento, Ca and was signed to the North Carolina record label, Tragic Hero Records. They have been compared to Chiodos, Thursday, and Taking Back Sunday, but do these comparisons hold up" Or is it just another record label trying to sell more albums" Is this another generic album in Post-Hardcore/Screamo, or is it really a breath of fresh air" Does this band have what it takes to make it big" Let us take a dive into the deep end and see.

Right off the bat, you can hear one of the greatest aspects of this band, their vocals. They have the layered vocals, in vein of TBS, and each line has emotion behind it. They have everything from singing to screaming to yelling, to death growls; however, they know how to transition from each vocal style and makes each one sound better then the previous. They may be young, but they know how to write songs and lyrics. Yes, it may be “emo” lyrics, but what do you expect from the music industry now a days" Would you rather have “emo” lyrics or a rap song talking about Chicken Noodle Soup with a soda on the side" Anyway back to the point, with their lyrics and writing style, they’ve made some of their songs catchy as hell, ex. “Drown The City.”

Taking a backseat to the vocals and lyrics are the guitars. They’re not the best guitars in the world, but they pass the grade with getting the job done. They get some decent intros and riffs into the music, but nothing to really go, “HELL YEAH THAT RIFF WAS F***ING AWESOME!” The guitarists could pass with this kind of performance and the band still get signed to a major record deal, but these guys are young enough to where they can progress their music and actually make an impact, or at least be equal with vocals and drums.

Talking about drums, they are the bass of this group. Yes, the band has a bass player, but he’s so down in the mix you can hardly hear it. The drums hold the songs together with the blasts and the snare drum being a big part in “Hey Nightmare, Where Did You get Them Teeth"” The only complaint I feel about the drums, and this goes for every other band I listen to, is that they need to think outside of the box and use a drum solo or two. It would make a 100 percent generic band close to a 50 percent generic band. This is just a preference for me though.

A Skylit Drive’s “She Watched The Sky,” is a pretty solid debut EP in a quite stale and generic Post-Hardcore/Screamo scene. Are they the next Chiodos, Thursday, or Taking Back Sunday" No, not yet anyway. After a year or two, when they grow up and become even more mature, they could be one of the top bands out there. Is this band a breath of fresh air" Yes and no. They are generic in some ways, but do make their music sound originally in some aspects. I rate this album a 4/5.
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Rating Breakdown
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Vocals/Lyrics: 4.5
Guitars/Bass: 3
Drums: 4
3.83/5
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1. Ability to Create a War – 3.5
2. Drown the City – 4.5
3. All Star Diaries – 4.25
4. Hey Nightmare, Where Did You Get Them Teeth – 3.5
5. The Past, The Love, The Memory – 3.75
6. Reason for Broken Wings - 4
7. According to Columbus – 5
4.07/5
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3.83 + 4.07 = 7.9 / 2 = 3.95
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Pros:
Vocals
A breath of fresh air in a stale genre
Young enough to become a great band
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Cons:
Guitarists disappoint me
Bass is low in the mix



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Electric City
Emeritus
January 31st 2007


15762 Comments


These guys keep annoying me with bulletins on myspace, but I guess they're ok.

encmetalhead
January 31st 2007


744 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Well they did just release this EP, and besides most bands annoy me with bulletins, which is why i don't really like adding bands as friends but meh

trustxdialect
January 31st 2007


1502 Comments


I don't see a 4 in this from your review.

encmetalhead
January 31st 2007


744 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

well with a calculated average of 3.95 i had to choose between a 4 or weigh it down to a 3.5 i'll sleep on it and then i might edit my score to a 3.5

Nostradamus
January 31st 2007


80 Comments


it's better to underrate than overrate

slep
January 31st 2007


1604 Comments


Stale genre? Post Hardcore? I think not.

Anyway, from what ive heard this band is pretty meh

ToWhatEnd
January 31st 2007


3173 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

I was thinking the same thing slep.

DeadToPain
February 1st 2007


694 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

nothing to speak of. if i wanted any of the bands listed as contemporaries, i'd buy those instead. and most of those bands are stale. good review. can't dig the band.

lunchforthesky
February 1st 2007


1039 Comments


They are generic in some ways, but do make their music sound originally in some aspects. I rate this album a 4/5.


Any band about which you can say that, does not deserve a 4.

lunchforthesky
February 1st 2007


1039 Comments


Listened to them.

Very, very generic. Sound nothing like TBS and don't deserve mentioning in the same breath as Thursday.

Shitty double bass, screamed, whiny singing popcore wank.

As for the review, aside from the obviously rating inflation you have perpetrated is was a big step up in quality for you ENC.

encmetalhead
February 1st 2007


744 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

thanks

ToWhatEnd
February 1st 2007


3173 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

Sound nothing like TBS and don't deserve mentioning in the same breath as Thursday.
Haha, nice. You are by far one of my favorite newer users. On a side note, this is generic to the point where it is painful.

slep
February 1st 2007


1604 Comments


Yeah, they definitly earn that comparison to Chiodos.

encmetalhead
February 2nd 2007


744 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

was that staement good or bad?

slep
February 3rd 2007


1604 Comments


Bad.

encmetalhead
February 3rd 2007


744 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

oh ok

TheHamburgerman
March 9th 2007


1460 Comments


I really liked that summary with those mathematics to fulfil the grade. Too bad you can sometimes be a huge prick.

slep
March 9th 2007


1604 Comments


YOU GOT SERVED!

I am BM
March 30th 2007


6 Comments


Damn I was great friends with the drummer back in the day even played with him once in awhile. I can't believe his band is getting this much recognition but that's good for them I guess. He always called "emo" music gay up until he decided it would make him look cool. I think that is where all the generic content comes from if you ask me. They want one thing and that is popularity. Hell this same drummer used to walk around talking about how much he hates "faggots" (his ignorant word not mine) and now looks like one. As for the music it is mediocre at best. Sacramento has a lot better than this.

Undead
July 5th 2007


145 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I really like the sound of this band. It's melodic. I give them a 4.



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