A Skylit Drive has successfully followed up the the EP, She Watched The Sky, and their debut album, Wires And The Concepts Of Breathing, with their most current release, Adelphia. This album rounds out their sound and ends up showing real progression. The opening track is simple enough as an opener, collectively gathering their style from before, adding a little more of their live flavor, and introducing how they have expanded on that. The range of vocals have clearly increased on Adelphia, it seems that Jagmin has decided to put more of the live performance feeling into the album. In doing so, this has made the choruses of "Those Cannons Could Sink A Ship" stand out particularly well.
The growls and guitar riffs make up the hook of "Heaven"; the transitions of the heavier tremolo picked chords to the more pop sounding versus and back to the delayed tempo choruses keep the attention level of any listener far from being distracted. It is clear that the rawness of the previous releases has been adjusted so that the harmonies between the instruments and vocals are much easier to identify. "Running with the Light" turns down the tempo a bit into a more relaxed sound which allows one to hear this clarification. Tempo and style is reminiscent of Saosin and their tracks that bridge the powerful songs with something that keeps the album moving along smoothly.
"Eva the Carrier" is clearly one of the highlight tracks on this album, and probably the song that stands out the most. The movement between the vocalists, harmonies of the instruments, clarification of the tempo with the drumwork, breaks and fills of guitarwork, mastery levels of what is more present at certain times, all of which are balanced incredibly well. Guitarwork in "The Boy Without A Demon" adds a small layer of off-key attunement which mixes very well with the quick tempo and smoothly churns itself as the time changes to a slower pace and move back up. The surface of songful vocals and growling in the short bridge has a truly aspiring contrast.
From the very upbeat intro with upstroke riffs to the amazingly clear and unique drumwork, "Thank God it’s Cloudy Cause I’m Allergic to Sunlight" is a catch from the start. Even the intermission tracks add a much-needed mood and reflective moment for the album. Starting off with high powered growls and instrumentals, as the verses transition in a fluid manner to the chorus the album titled track is another great example of how ASD has progressed and how well they have put everything together. The piano introduction brings in a new mood and starts off the slower tempo of the track "I Swear This Place Is Haunted" very well. It progresses into the heavier side of ASD as it moves on, bringing about a sense of increasing layered instrumentals without actually doing so.
As the album closes out with the final tracks and in the end the excellent chorus and shout vocals, it is evident that this is a great album. Adelphia is obviously for fans of the band and their previous releases, but does the band one better by being versatile enough to attract new listeners. A Skylit Drive has an interesting twist on genres, tempo play, instrumental balance, and add on top of that the level of mastering in this album. The album is definitely worth a listen if you're an avid listener of post-hardcore.
2. Those Cannons Could Sink A Ship
4. Running With The Light
5. Eva The Carrier
6. Worlds End In Whispers, Not Bangs
7. The Boy Without A Demon
8. Thank God It's Cloudy Because I'm Allergic To The Sunlight
9. Air The Enlightenment
10. The Children Of Adelphia
11. I Swear This Place Is Haunted
12. It's Not Ironic, It's Obvious
13. See You Around
A Skylit Drive is a six-piece post-hardcore band from Lodi/Galt California. They released their first EP, titled She Watched The Sky, with Tragic Hero Records in January 2007 and the follow-up full length album Wires... And the Concept of Breathing on May 20, 2008. Now signed to Fearless Records, the band has released their second full length, Adelphia, on June 9, 2009.... read more