Sky Eats Airplane
The Sound of Symmetry


2.0
poor

Review

by Waior USER (114 Reviews)
April 11th, 2010 | 77 replies


Release Date: 2010 | Tracklist

Review Summary: An unfortunate brew of fantastic musicianship and impossibly bad execution.

Line-up changes can do murderous things to good bands. Countless bands struggle to find a compositional foothold before establishing a comfortable groove with their new bandmates - it’s an ubiquitous phenomenon that happens in the industry on a regular basis. Unfortunately, bands still insist on releasing albums during their “transition-new-line-up” phase. Metalcore quintet Sky Eats Airplane’s latest extended player, The Sound of Symmetry, aptly exemplifies said “compositional pubescence” - only one member remains from the band’s original lineup this time around and the results are painfully obvious. At only three songs long, The Sound of Symmetry is (to put it delicately) a complete mess.

That's not to say that the band has completely gone awry. The technicality that was so liberally displayed on the band’s self-titled album is still present, but in smaller doses. The spiraling synths and electronic elements are integrated better than ever - theoretically, Sky Eats Airplane’s formula should yield good results. The problem, however, is the lack of direction - the band has absolutely no grasp on the concept of ‘structure’ and instead favors bouncing around aimlessly in jerky synth breakdowns and polyrhythmic tech-freak outs. To make matters worse, new vocalist Bryan Zimmerman has absolutely no idea how to create a catchy melody. Sounding much like ex-Underoather Aaron Gillespie when singing clean and much like A Plea For Purging’s Andy Atkins when screaming, Zimmerman meanders around his supremely whiny vocal range without any direction on all three songs, squandering the band’s instrumental potential. Opener ‘The Contour’ is ripe with interesting, glitchy electronics, sweeping synths, extremely complex rhythms and guitar lines but all of the instrumental glory is completely smothered by the inept vocal work. The uncertain future of Sky Eats Airplane looks all the more bleak because of The Sound of Symmetry - the band’s inherent technicality has once again been dethroned by a lack of direction and poor vocals. As long as Bryan Zimmerman is piloting this metalcore airplane, it’s time to fasten your fastbelts - Sky Eats Airplane’s full length release this summer may have the band hurdling towards the tempest at 40,000 feet and we won’t be able to say we didn’t expect it. Bonne chance.



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Waior
April 11th 2010


11630 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

Quick write-up. I really want to like this band as they have some terrific ideas once and a while but this is probably the worst thing they've done ever.

atrink
April 11th 2010


2851 Comments


Hey Pams back!

robertsona
Staff Reviewer
April 11th 2010


15659 Comments


in a way it's a little strange that, in the 2nd para, you call it a 'complete mess' but then go on to list the positives--i see the point is that youre trying to say theres a bunch of positives and then but wait these parts suck--i'd suggest a little transition between calling it 'a mess' and listing the positives. nothing too big though.



bloc
April 11th 2010


46045 Comments


BOOOOOOOOOO

Digging: Carly Rae Jepsen - Emotion

cvlts
April 11th 2010


9442 Comments


gimmick.

Waior
April 11th 2010


11630 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

Dantesfire, yes, but so talented beneath those three distinctly bad different vocalists... ugh.



robertsona, gotcha. I was thinking that when I wrote the review but thought it was ignorable. I fixed it up a bit, hopefully that works better!



Bloc, I actually felt a little bit bad after posting this review when I saw your sound-off. For this I apologize. The clean vocals need tenuity for goodness sakes... then again, you enjoy I, Omega, haha.



atrink, retrowaior



robertsona
Staff Reviewer
April 11th 2010


15659 Comments


i like it. always nice to see some reviews from you

bloc
April 11th 2010


46045 Comments


Especially a review from a band I actually listen to ;)

Waior
April 11th 2010


11630 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

I'm trying to get into the habit of reviewing more frequently again but I feel like I'm investing a lot into a dead-end. Oh,

well. I like writing still.



Psh, Bloc... wait, you're kind of right... need more wank, I guess.

klap
Staff Reviewer
April 11th 2010


11820 Comments


more waior!

Waior
April 11th 2010


11630 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

processing request

Comatorium.
April 11th 2010


4801 Comments


It cant be THAT bad... downloading now. i fairly enjoy these blokes.

Waior
April 11th 2010


11630 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

Keep in mind that you're much more lenient with these types of releases... you also enjoy The Syncope Threshold...



bloc
April 11th 2010


46045 Comments


NOT FUNNY

Relinquished
April 11th 2010


36915 Comments


needs more pam

Waior
April 11th 2010


11630 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

[img]http://www.tasteofamerica.ch/images/Pam.jpg[/img]



I hate myself.

Comatorium.
April 11th 2010


4801 Comments


haha i dont enjoy TST as much as i used to

Comatorium.
April 11th 2010


4801 Comments


Okay pam. Listened to it, and this isn't bad so much as its completely average and unforgettable Solid 2.5 i guess... disappointed

cvlts
April 11th 2010


9442 Comments


it ain't THAT bad.
just below average

bloc
April 11th 2010


46045 Comments


Je veux un nouveau album



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