After what seemed like an eternity, 4 years in regular non-music time, post-hardcore quartet Pierce The Veil have finally released their fourth studio album Misadventures.
Since Pierce The Veil has always been a fan favourite—known for their catchy, chaotic tunes and unbelievable live presence—we were all a little worried to hear the new album. After all, we did wait a whole Fall Out Boy hiatus period for their new jams!
But fear not, friends. Misadventures is chock full of piercing melodies, intricate guitar work, and undeniable intensity. And you know what else? All the tracks are killer!
Misadventures features the classic moody, raucous Pierce The Veil elements we all know and love, especially in the chaotic ‘Dive In’, which, in usual Pierce The Veil fashion, effortlessly combines post-hardcore with a healthy dose of punk rock. ‘Phantom Power and Ludicrous Speed’ is just a straight up aggressive ode to a past Pierce The Veil.
The album, though stays true to Pierce The Veil, does feature a new level of optimism intertwined with electric pop rock vibes—something that is missing in previous releases, which feature a more aggressive post-hardcore auditory assault. (We love that too.)
‘Circles’ is an uncharacteristically mellow, pop-infused track with infectious guitar riffs that, in our opinion, could fall in line with any 70s/80s glam metal track. The fast-paced drums and melodious vocals from Vic Fuentes help highlight that this is basically what you get when you mix Pierce The Veil’s post-hardcore ferociousness with pop punk.
‘Gold Medal Ribbon’ and ‘Floral & Fading’ give off more of those 80s metal vibes with their gentle atmosphere (though the former is more upbeat) and impressive, fluid instrumental work. ‘Gold Medal Ribbon’ gets very Toto at one point… and we dig that very much. It’s definitely unlike anything the band have done before.
Speaking of things unlike any other, the majestic ‘Bedless’ is probably one of the most impressive and intricate songs they have ever written. The very grand, orchestra-sounding undertones of the melody, and dramatic flourishes constructed by guitarist Tony Perry and bassist Jamie Preciado weave in and out of the calm pulsations drummer Mike Fuentes so impressively creates.
From the moving ‘Song For Isabelle’ to the unbelievably catchy ‘Texas Is Forever’, Pierce The Veil can do it all (extremely well). Misadventures is a spectacular album filled with remarkable vocals, instrumental work that’s so good it’s disorientating, and complex melodies that make you question every other album you have brought this year.
Misadventures was definitely worth the wait.