New album features strong vocals, stirring music


As far as post-hardcore goes, the list of bands is endless. Bands like Woe Is Me, Like Moths to Flames, Asking Alexandria and more have recently flooded the scene. With this sudden influx, it’s hard for a band to stand out and make waves. However, Pierce the Veil’s newest release, Collide with the Sky, has made more than waves. It’s brought a tsunami to the scene.

This is the San Diego-based band’s third full-length album and it’s by far the strongest. Vic Fuentes’ unique, high-pitched vocals offered a break from the bellows normally found in this genre. Along with strong vocals, the instrumentals help carry the album from start to end with no real faults in the middle. In a way, it’s kind of like a roller coaster. The anticipation starts building with the very first song, “May These Noises Startle You in Your Sleep” with a quiet introduction to an explosion of guitars, drums and screams. It’s kind of like the first drop on that roller coaster. Through to the last song, the songs all give the energy and inertia the album needs to keep its powerhouse momentum. The last song, “Hold on Till May”, is like the slowdown. It’s the feeling as the ride returns to the loading platform. You feel satisfied and content with the rattling in your head. The song is a slow ballad, a common occurrence in many genres.

Collide with the Sky plays heavily on guest vocals, too. The most notable is Kellin Quinn of Sleeping With Sirens. He plays a big role in the album’s hit single, “King for a Day”. Other voices include Jason Butler of letlive. and Lindsey Stamey of Oh No Fiasco.

This album also highlights problems plaguing people. “A Match into Water” clearly identifies with self-harm and suicide. “Stained Glass Eyes and Colorful Tears” targets listeners who have struggled with finding a purpose in life and offers encouragement. Collide really veers away from love songs. While they exist, other songs pull through and give a well-rounded set.

Overall, this album has earned a solid 4.5/5 stars. Pierce the Veil is heading out on tour with Tonight Alive, Hands like Houses and Sleeping With Sirens. The closest date to SDSU is on November 10 in Minneapolis.

If you rock to Pierce the Veil, you may also like: Sleeping with Sirens, The Amity Affliction, Chiodos and You Me At Six.