After constantly touring their 2012 album Collide With The Sky for the past 3 and a bit years, Pierce The Veil have left fans gorging on what is arguably their best album to date, or at least the most commercially successful. ‘The Divine Zero’ was a treat the San Diego natives thrust upon us last year, a month or so before their main stage slot at Leeds Festival. It was a nice taste of the album to come and gave an inclination into the direction the band were heading in.
‘Dive In’ has a ‘Plug In Baby’-esque introduction, with some soothing piano melodies throughout, and it compiles some rather heavy hitting lyrics. “Kill me if I end up like you,” pretty much sums up the aggression it holds. ‘Floral And Fading’ incorporates a wonderfully soothing way to put ‘oh oh oh’ into a song that could be stuck in your head for hours, and has everything that sets it up to be a fan favourite.
To match up to their prior album is a heavy task, with the success of ‘King For A Day’ featuring Sleeping With Sirens’ Kellin Quinn, they needed something to show they’re not a one trick pony. While ‘King For A Day’ could be argued as one of the most popular ‘alternative metalcore’ songs of the past few years, the track ‘Circles’ on Misadventures does it’s best to represent their pop side. ‘Phantom Power And Ludicrous Speed’ and ‘Today I Saw The Whole World’ are more familiar heavier tracks with some of the fast paced proficient heavy riffs that are otherwise lacking. However ‘Phantom Power…’ includes a breakdown with the signature intricate guitar riffs that fans are used to and provides some filling to an album full of well thought through lyrics and instrumentals that fall slightly on the softer side. For a song titled ‘Sambuka’, a party song is what you might expect, but instead is a short mixed bag of a few different melodies and like a lot of Pierce The Veil tracks, the lyrical content can take some unravelling.
At first glance, the cartoon sketches on the cover are just a cluster of mindless childish drawings but it makes sense during the final track ‘Song For Isabelle’ the line “I’m not a kid anymore but some days I sit and wish I was a kid again” shines light on a reconnection with their past youths. Pierce The Veil is a band that are taking you on an adventure that weaves in and out of their lives beyond touring. At a first listen, the album overall isn’t the Collide With The Sky part two some fans may have wanted. In fact it’s for the best it isn’t. The way they can make an album that is still them but not a rehash of their most commercially successful album to date is something worth taking notice of. Pierce The Veil are about to embark on an entirely new chapter and you might want to make sure you get on board.