PIERCE THE VEIL – ‘Misadventures’ (5/5)

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Pierce The Veil Album Cover

REVIEW by ZAK SLOMAN

Many thought that Pierce The Veil would find it hard to top their last album, 2012’s ‘Collide With The Sky’.

The switch to a more progressive sound and the improved lyrics and vocal delivery of frontman Vic Fuentes were a hit with fans and critics alike.

It’s been a lengthy anticipation for ‘Misadventures’, their fourth studio album, but to borrow a slogan from a Dutch lager advert, good things come to those who wait.

Everything, music, vocals and lyrics, seems to have gone up a level, making it the most polished record the Californian post-hardcore outfit have released to date.

The central themes, dealing with heartbreak and mental turmoil, still form an essential component of the band’s identity.

Vic shows why he is seen as one of the best lyricists in rock at the moment, with him openly inviting you into his state of mind with frank, no-holds-barred lyrics.

‘Floral & Fading’ deals with his anger at the social media trolls making his girlfriend’s life a misery, ‘Gold Medal Ribbon’ is about him coming to terms with the death of his high school sweetheart, and the closer ‘Song for Isabelle’ chronicles a friend of his battling mental health issues.

‘Circles’, which has to be the track of the album, is brilliantly put together, with an upbeat sound juxtaposed with lyrics imagining Vic and his girlfriend trapped in a theatre during last year’s terrorist attacks in Paris.

With ‘Misadventures’, it seems that each member of Pierce The Veil has put in 110% effort.

For me, this has to be a contender for album of the year.

You can make up your own mind, but I think it will be difficult to find another album this year as well-written and produced as this one.

TOP TRACK: ‘Circles’

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