Pierce The Veil is an underrated band in their scene. When most get their first look at the band, they will probably see another boring sing/scream “scenecore” band worth nothing more than the dust resting atop of their Botch records. But what I see is a band in that genre that is actually trying to do something with it. Both their debut full-length and 2010’s Selfish Machines displayed promise and talent as each song, rather than being smothered in breakdowns, featured progressive guitar-work as well as carefully crafted melodies by frontman Vic Fuentes. Expectations are high for me leading into the band’s 2012 release, Collide With The Sky, which drops next month. Right now, Fearless Records has given us a taste of the record with “King For a Day.”
As a relatively violent and heavy track for the band, “King For a Day” should get most fans of the band excited. Featuring Fuentes’ undervalued screams in the verses and a fun guest spot from Sleeping With Sirens‘ vocalist Kellin Quinn in the chorus, this song sounds quite appealing to most of those longtime PTV fans on the surface.
But I’m not totally sold.
The thing I valued most about this band is how much initiative they have. Most of their tracks pre-“King For a Day” attempt to push the boundaries of the prosaic sound that similar bands rehash. Instead, on “King For a Day” we get exactly what I don’t like about this genre. There is little to no variation in the instrumentals as the guitar parts are basically made up of simple power chords and Mike Fuentes’ kit is quite underwhelming when taking his past work into consideration.
Most disappointing about this song is how strictly it follows the “scenecore checklist.” Screamed verses; check. Poppy clean chorus; check. Incredibly simple guitars; check. Lame breakdown; check. I have to say that at least it’s great that they stopped at only one breakdown, unlike the band’s counterparts.
It’s safe to say that I’m very underwhelmed by this new Pierce The Veil song. If this song is indicative as to what all of Collide With The Sky has to offer, then disappointment will be glaring from my face. It appears from this first single that the band’s switch from Equal Vision to Fearless might be a turn for the worse as far as those who are looking for a little bit more from a band than cheesy breakdowns and poppy choruses.