A Skylit Drive
Wires...and the Concept of Breathing



by cleary21 USER (16 Reviews)
June 2nd, 2008 | 8 replies

Release Date: 2008 | Tracklist

Review Summary: A Skylit Drive is another post-hardcore/emocore band trying to be different...but they should quit while thier ahead, or find a new vocalist who doesnt sound like Miley Cyrus on steroids.

Around 4 months ago, a friend on my bus stop had a shirt that had the name of a band previously unknown to me on it, A Skylit Drive. Hey they sound good maybe I should check them out. So I did, I heard She Watched the Sky and thought hey this isn't half bad. Then once this CD came out I listened to it pretty much at once, and again I thought hey this is decent. Then the singing started...

After 2 listens I was done, done with this band, and the typical trash post-hardcore they are producing. However, there were some positve aspects to it that saved it from being a total failure; but lets start with the bad. The Music lacks all orginality, and sounds like just another nasally, pre-pubescent emo boy whining about his failed relationships. The vocals on She watched the Sky were layered and somewhat epic, but on this CD they are downright horrible and very very annoying. They sound like a cross between a pop singer and Hawthorne Heights. The music on songs such as Knights of the Round is absolutely defiled by the singing which takes away any sense of heaviness, leaving you wondering if your listening to a metalcore CD, or the latest Hawthorne Heights single. The songs all seem to run together eventually, with the whiny singing, followed by a breakdown or metal riff, followed by more whiny moaning. However this music isnt a complete failure.

The instrumentation of WATHCOB is actually very very good. The musicianship saves the cd from sucking. The drumming is heavy and very well timed and the guitar is exceptional, laying down some excellent riffs and licks. The bass is pretty much nonexistent, but that seems to be the standard in core bands nowadays (My how I miss Avenged Sevenfold) but its nothing that really takes awaty from the Music. The screaming isnt half bad either but nothing you havent heard before.

It seems to be that every hardcore CD that comes out carries some band trying to break out from the stream of monotony in thier own way. The only problem is, usually it fails. Bands such as Alesana are different because they incorperate epic themes into thier music, Norma Jean is unique in thier sound, but bands such as ASD are going be just average and should try to stay that way. There were moments on this cd where i actually ejoyed myself among them I'm not a Thief I'm a treasure hunter. The outro to My Disease was excellent as well too. The band needs to capitalize on sections like theses that carry an epic whinyness to them. That is where this band stays strong. The lyrics on this song were actually decent and i didn't mind them all too much. All the songs sound pretty much the same, but I'll Try to recommend some songs.

Listen to
Knights of the Round
I'm Not a Thief Im a Treasure Hunter
My Disease

All in All This CD had its positives and negatives, and ended up being pretty much another ____core cd. I'm sure theres a big following of depressed emo kids like the boy at my bus stop who will enjoy this so I didn't rip into it too much. Not exactly my type of music, but I won't stop you from picking it up.


Overall 2.5/5

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Comments:Add a Comment 
May 29th 2008


Album Rating: 2.0

you actually seemed to like the record according to those numbers. Try to average those numbers. Other than writing "it sucks" why does it suck? Also, capitalize you're I's, and try to make sure you capitalize the right thing.

every ME TOO hardcore Cd

Please get rid of the ME TOO.

The outro to my disease was excellent as well too.

try to make the song title stand out, to put it in bold do this

[b*] song name [/b*]

except without the *.

Ok start, just needs grammar checks and more detail, maybe you just rushed it a bit.This Message Edited On 05.29.08

May 29th 2008


Album Rating: 2.0

Welcome to sputnik anyways...

Also, maybe up your spelling a bit.

How old are you anyways?

May 29th 2008


Album Rating: 2.0


I am about 14, so welcome.

You can only be banned for making a complete ass of yourself.This Message Edited On 05.29.08

May 29th 2008


Album Rating: 2.5

you have the proper style and with time you'l perfect it into your own unqiue style with reading reviews. Atleast you didn't do a T-By-T.

You have protential just learn about all that there is in music and stay objective

June 2nd 2008


Album Rating: 1.5

You have protential
:lol: :lol: :lol: This Message Edited On 06.02.08

June 2nd 2008


Album Rating: 2.0

[quote=total jerk]

You have protential


So, what's it like to be a total jerk?

June 2nd 2008


Album Rating: 2.5

i like the screaming vocals

singing is kinda bleh

they are a good band for sure

but nothing special

i see a lot of kids praising them as like "the best screamo band ever" and no way do they deserve that title

this band is just average.

August 19th 2008


Review would be better without false statements like this:

Alesana are different because they incorperate epic themes into thier music

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