Peirce the Veil has been a prominent band in the scene, always pushing the boundaries and is one of those bands that will always stay relevant and since inception ten years ago, they’ve been leading the pack. They’ve been out of the limelight since their last release in 2012 “Collide with the Sky” which was probably their best work yet the removal of that “emo-core” PTV are known for and  tapping into their pop punk style, that worked pretty good in the end for them. After “Collide with the Sky” was released in 2012 I wonder how they would top it. With their newest album “Misadventures” which is released through Fearless records and is out today, they’ve gone back to their roots.

The record is first and for most a PTV record, it has all the ingredients for what they’re known for. They’re definitely back with a lot of fight in them, “Dive In” is a decent opener for the record, but pales in comparison to the second song “Texas is Forever”, guitarists Vic Fuentes and Tony Perry share riffs back forth and work off each other this theme is used in many other songs and in all cases is near perfect. Fuentes goes to work throughout the record, his iconic voice relaying his equally iconic lyrics show how he’s still on top of his game. The songs “Circles” and the oddly titled “Sambuka” are both the classic PTV style songs, showing that going back to basics isn’t a bad thing. “Circles” stands out on its own in being the typical PTV song but also being their best written song to date, the catchy hooks. “Today I Saw the World” is the heaviest song on the record it’s also good example of bassists and vocalist Jaime Preciado screaming vocals being the type of screams that works well with Fuentes high pitched voice.

“Misadventures” is back to similar structure for Pierce The Veil but still is very different, being in scene for this long has made them become a lot of more confident on where they stand with fans and other bands, and that’s a high place. “Gold Medal Ribbon” is very evident of this progression, it sounds like PTV song thanks again to Fuentes vocals but it has something different and something the band isn’t accustomed to.  Each song feels like they’ve poured a lot into the record and it’s paid off, they’ve come a long way from their 2007 release “A Flair for the Dramatics”. For fans they’ll embrace the record, and for new comers they’ll appreciate the diversity and old school influences that the album has throughout.

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By Raza Malik