A Skylit Drive – Adelphia (CD)

A Skylit Drive has just released their second full length (their third release) in “Adelphia”. This June release has expanded considerably the band’s sound from 2008’s “Wires…and the Concept of Breathing” and 2007’s “She Watched The Sky”. The disc itself begins with “Prelude To A Dream”, a track that sets the tempo of the disk with clear guitars, rocking drums, and a set of vocals that both attack and smooth over listeners. The band is able to convince listeners that they are heavyweights not only due to their lyrical content with their “Worlds End In Whispers, Not Bangs”, as they are able to keep listeners focused in for the course of ninety seconds using nothing but their instruments.

“Eva The Carrier” is an absolutely furious track, benefitting from amazing production to properly bolster the intricate arrangements that A Skylit Drive have entered here. This means that there are hints of hardcore, Coheed and Cambria and even Hidden in Plain View. “Those Cannons Could Sink A Ship” has a more moderate approach, using a slower tempo to show the technical skill and finesse of A Skylit Drive rather than bluntly cracking listeners over the head with their heaviness. The one common thread between these two tracks is the fact that they are both single-worthy without losing the band’s dignity; the band hits on all cylinders throughout “Adelphia”. “Heaven” is a middle-ground track, with a somewhat-slower tempo but eager and fierce guitars and drums. The vocals provide the yin to the harder, harsher yang: there is not a way that A Skylit Drive has forgot in their quest to create the best post-hardcore music that I’ve heard lately.

I would whole-heartedly suggest that individuals that have liked any of the music that has came from Adelphia search out their prior works. It is truly eye-opening to see how the band has evolved and changed over the course of a few small years. The titles may be a little hard to find, but get out to your well-stocked independent music store and it should not be a problem to order it.

Top Tracks: Prelude To A Dream, Running With The Light

Rating: 8.0/10

A Skylit Drive – Adelphia / 2009 Fearless / 13 Tracks / http://www.myspace.com/askylitdrive / http://www.fearlessrecords.com

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