Pierce The Veil - “Collide With The Sky”
Pierce The Veil released this dynamic album while touring the USA on Warped Tour. “Collide With The Sky” was a great summertime release, packed full of power-punch anthems, starting with the opening track “Hell Above”. Vic Fuentes starts off with soaring vocals and screams under the signature furious sound of PTV guitars and drums. The opener, along with the lead single, “King for a Day,” prepare the listener for what lays ahead. The album pounds, drives, and screams all the way through, enough to satisfy any hardcore fan. Another feature of this album is the “Mexicore” sound sprinkled into each song, which really comes out in the solo of “Bulls in the Bronx.” Tony Perry really shows his skills on this album both in Spanish guitar solos and overall lead guitar parts on every track. One song that came as a surprise was “One Hundred Sleepless Nights.” Poppier than the other cuts on the album, it seems to have a bit of a Fall Out Boy influence, but has enough of a typical PTV sound to satisfy most fans. ”Collide With The Sky” could have been improved with the addition of a softer song to provide a retreat from the pounding fury on the rest of the work. Although the album has no lack of emotion, something with acoustic instrumentation and an absence of screams, where the listener could intimately connect to the band, would have been preferred. Otherwise, “Collide With The Sky” is a successful work done by Pierce The Veil and will support them well as they finish out their summer tour dates.
Key Tracks: “Hell Above” “King For A Day” “Bulls In The Bronx”
The Maine - “Pioneer”
The Maine seem to change their sound with every album. Can’t Stop Won’t Stop featured clean guitars and spunky pop while Black and White was much more acoustically oriented. Pioneer brings in a classic pop punk sound with crunchy guitars, heavy bass lines, and pounding drum beats. The album brings in the punk right away with its opening track “Identify”. The song features a calm arpeggiated verse with a loud and pounding chorus. The next song, “My Heroine,” is an addicting tune featuring a catchy opening guitar riff and rowdy vocals. The album is defined by these two openers as a spunky pop rock work with lyrical themes tailored to a young boy. It flows on nicely up to “Don’t Give Up On Us,” which brings back a little bit of the CSWS sound, especially in the guitar work. A little more depth from The Maine is shown in the slower tune called “Misery.” It seems that they touch on all aspects of punk pop throughout this album, including it’s sensitive side: along with “Misery,” “Jenny” is another notable ballad that features John O’Callaghan’s vocal abilities over semi-acoustic instrumentation. The final notable track on “Pioneer” is “While Listening to Rock & Roll…” This song contains influences from a more classic rock sound and strays away from the rest of the pop punk on the album, providing for a refreshing ending. Lyrically, “Pioneer” is similar to the rest of The Maine’s albums: songs about a forlorn boy looking for love who can be a little eccentric at times. Although the instrumentation and music style differs from previous works, “Pioneer” still contains the raw energy and fun that makes The Maine, The Maine.
Key Tracks: “My Heroine” “Jenny” “While Listening to Rock & Roll…”