ALBUM: A Skylit Drive – Adelphia

Release Date: June 9th, 2009
Label: Fearless
Website: None available
MySpace: www.myspace.com/askylitdrive

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The latest studio attempt from post-hardcore giants A Skylit Drive has been eagerly anticipated by many, and it takes shape in what is ‘Adelphia’, an album that could well storm the post-hardcore scene and alternative music circles, throwing the band back into the spotlight and increasing their internet fanbase considerably.

The record gets off to an incredibly promising start, with lilting synth sounds weaving their way through your ears and lulling the listener into a false sense of chilled out security before the song really kicks in with one hell of an epic beginning, and hellishly powerful vocals supplied by Michael Jagmin completely batter away any hope you may have (or may not have depending on your taste) of an album that fills the generics of ‘easy listening’. The melodic vocals at the end of third track ‘Heaven’ are a particular stand out point from the start of the album. The emotion put into them creates an almost haunting feel, which is then carried on into ‘Running With The Light’ which has to be my personal favourite on the record. Kyle Simmons‘ contributions of synth and keyboard really aid this song in its purpose as a slightly more melodic and calm interlude to the 13 track, perfectly complimenting the vocals and helping lift the riffs of the guitars from heavy distortion to more melody.

‘Eva The Carrier’ then launches into all its epic glory, with sensational riffs from both Nick Miller and Joey Wilson to throw in the second half of the album and launch back into the heavy-fest that is to be more than expected from the band. However, contrary to most people’s expectations, rather than keeping the heavy theme going for the rest of the album, they chop and change between the heavy and melodic to bring us what can only be described as a much more eclectic mix of an album, which not only succeeds in what’s intended, but just completely blows your socks off.

Overall, I’d definitely recommend this album to anybody who is a remote fan of post-hardcore as they will certainly not be disappointed. As a follow up to the popular 2008 album ‘Wires And The Concept Of Breathing’, I think it has more than fulfilled its purpose. Most bands tend to fade slightly with their often referred to as ‘difficult second’ and third albums, or at least lose a substantial amount of their original fanbase due to the change in sound and direction they may have taken. This is definitely one band that won’t be following in the footsteps of others in that respect!

Written by Lucy-Jayne Love