Pierce The Veil - Selfish Machines

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Post-hardcore
Equal Vision Records
Pierce The Veil
Selfish Machines
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3.5
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Vic and Mike Fuentes have been busy guys in 2010.  From the release of scene super-group Isles & Glaciers' debut EP The Hearts of Lonely People, to the release of their bands third album (second under the moniker Pierce the Veil) Selfish Machines, along with a stint on this summers Warped Tour, the Fuentes brothers have kept busy. 

What was, arguably, the problem with the Isles & Glaciers EP?  The vocals of Vic Fuentes, and how they seemed to not fit in with those of Jonny Craig and Craig Owens.  However, on Selfish Machines, Fuentes' nasally, almost whiny, vocals are one of the albums strong points.  While Fuentes' vocals drive the album, let's not take away from the rest of the band.  Tony Perry's blistering guitar work drives opener "Besitsos," which begins with a Latin feel before transitioning in to the post-hardcore Pierce the Veil is known for.  "Southern Constellations" is the perfect build-up to "The Boy Who Could Fly," which features Vic Fuentes' frantic screams, Mike Fuentes showing his punk prowess behind the kit, and crunchy guitar riffs leading in to a brilliantly placed breakdown with soaring guitars leading it.

Every band in the scene has one track that features guest vocals, right?  "Caraphernelia" is that track, featuring Jeremy McKinnon's (of A Day to Remember) deeper screams complimenting the high pitched nature of Fuentes' voice.  After the first four tracks comes a few misteps, as everything is almost instantly forgettable, especially "Million Dollar Houses (The Painter)," which is autotune-heavy.  "The New National Anthem" is another track with a Latin feel to it, and features the well-placed screams of Fuentes, the melancholy feel that Perry creates with his riffs during the chorus's, and Mike Fuentes' strong drum work.  "Stay Away From My Friends" changes that, as the ballad let's Vic Fuentes really shine and show his range.  Album closer "The Sky Under The Sea" is classic Pierce the Veil, with hectic riffs that intertwine with the shrieks of Fuentes beautifully.

Pierce the Veil have crafted an extremely strong album with Selfish Machines.  The experimental aspects of "Besistos" and "The New National Anthem" help the album to shine and prove that the band isn't just a one-trick pony.  One can only hope that on future releases, the band continues to experiment with the Latin sound found scattered throughout the album, but for the time being, Selfish Machines is a good album with lots of replay value.

1. Besitos
2. Southern Constellations
3. The Boy Who Could Fly
4. Caraphernelia
5. Fast Times at Clairemont High
6. The New National Anthem
7. Bulletproof Love
8. Stay Away from My Friends
9. I Don't Care If You're Contagious
10. Disasterology
11. Million Dollar Houses (The Painter)
12. The Sky Under the Sea

Pierce the Veil, formerly known as Before Today, are a post-hardcore band from San Diego, California. Pierce the Veil were formed in the fall of 1998 under the name Early Times. After recording an EP titled Roots Beneath Ideals, they signed to Equal Vision. Due to copyright issues, the band released their next album, A Celebration Of An Ending, under the name Before Today, which was taken from the title of a song off No Turning Back, an EP released under Early Times. ... read more

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