Pierce The Veil - Collide With The Sky
Record Label: Fearless Records
Release Date: July 17th, 2012

Pierce the Veil is breaking down walls with their 3rd album, Collide With The Sky, announced for the first time back in December of last year. Earlier this year in February, they updated us all on the producers they’d chosen to work with, Dan Korneff and Kato Khandwala from House of Loud in New Jersey. I have to give them all a round of applause, because the album came out awesome. When I heard PTV for the first time ever, I was automatically drawn to Vic Fuentes’ unique vocals and the exciting instrumentals the band offers. Thankfully, the band kept this same edge-of-the-seat sound for the new album - a fantastic display of the energy they’ve always had, and even added a bit more heaviness. The first single released off the new album back in early June, ‘King for a Day’, really allowed every band member to shine, even with guest feature Kellin Quinn from Sleeping with Sirens. As I kept listening, I noticed this is a reoccurring theme with each song, where every one gets to show off without drowning the others out. This is exactly where a good song comes from, so others should be taking notes.

It seems to be a popular new addition for a handful of bands, so yes, some electronics make their way into Collide With The Sky. But if that’s not your thing, have no fear, because it’s not an over whelming amount and it fuses into their structure really well. Not only are synths and electronics found on a few tracks, but they’ve added some moderate breakdowns in their heavier songs, as heard in track number 7, “Tangled In The Great Escape” featuring Jason Butler of letlive (who has a great voice that complements Vic’s very well). I’ve got a feeling this will go over really well with mosh-lover fans like myself, it certainly doesn’t bother me. The best part is that even with these newer sounds mixed in, you’re going to want to keep the album playing on repeat anyway. The band has a truly captivating sound.

It wouldn’t be settling if I told you not to check out all 12 new songs on the album, but hey, if that’s not your plan, definitely look into “I’m Low on Gas and You Need a Jacket” and “Hell Above,” which happen to be my favorites. Luckily for all of us, PTV’s infectious sound and energy is currently present on the Van’s Warped Tour, which still has a good month or so left to it. I’m sure they’ll put on a sweet show for their fans. I haven’t seen any setlists from the tour with any new songs besides “King For a Day,” but who knows, they could surprise us. So make sure to go and check them out if you’re planning on attending!


- Kim