Album Review: Pierce The Veil – Collide With the Sky

San Diego’s Pierce The Veil are currently gracing their home country on the Vans Warped Tour main stage, having also spent a year writing and recording their third full length ’Collide With the Sky.’ It seems that the first half of 2012 has been a busy period for the quartet, and the second half seems busier still with a UK headline tour on the cards for September.

All of this hard work is bound to pay off right? Luckily for Pierce the Veil,Collide With the Sky’ lives up to expectations and the hard work and determination put into their musical career is leading to nothing but deserved triumph.

The unique sounds of vocalist Vic Fuentes really add to the success of the record, showing off his varied and enviable vocal abilities throughout; a definite asset to the band. This doesn’t mean to say that his other three band mates should go unrecognised, with each individual in the quartet communicate their raw talent through infectious melodies and captivating riffs.

Guest appearances on the album have been chosen perfectly, with vocal contributions from Sleeping with Siren’s Kellin Quinn in ‘King For a Day’ and letlive’s Jason Butler in ‘Tangled in the Great Escape’. Both vocalists are known for their uniqueness and add to the refreshing and distinctive sounds already present in the record.

Bulls in The Bronx’ is a signature track that perfectly executesPierce the Veil’s bold ‘mexicore’ trademark sound, steering from their hardcore influences and experimenting with Latino styles near to the end of the track. This combination works surprisingly well, givingPierce the Veila distinguishing edge from others in the post hardcore scene with their uplifting take on the genre.

‘Collide with the Sky’ takes the listener on a whirlwind journey that starts with fast paced energetic tracks that predominantly include roared and sung vocals and leads out to a second half of slower and calmer tracks. This mixture reflects Pierce the Veil’sdiverse musical abilities and is the reason why their third full length album has come to be such a success. The mexicore quartet has really excelled with this record and their unique sounds give them that edge that they need to outshine others in the post hardcore scene.  

4/5

‘Collide With The Sky’ by Pierce The Veil is released on July 17th on Fearless Records.

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Words by Hannah Gillicker

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