'Misadventures' is almost here.
Pierce The Veil's long-awaited new album 'Misadventures' is out next week, so it feels like the right time to give your track-by-track guide to the album.
1. ‘DIVE IN’
The most anticipated album of the year starts with a warm, winding guitar line and dramatic, minimalistic piano before Vic literally dives into a mournful verse that accelerates into something much more menacing.
Tapping, lightning-fast guitar segues into a furious drums and pounding guitar, forming runaway train of a song that has Pierce The Veil written all over it.
“So hold your breath and swim under the ice,” spits Vic as the song ramps up further still into a twisting, thrashing breakdown and menacing screams before ending with classic, slow-paced piano. It’s an epic start, and a strong indicator of what’s to come.
2. ‘TEXAS IS FOREVER’
You’ve all heard this by now. ‘Texas Is Forever’ continues the breakneck start to the album, and sounds like this.
3. ‘THE DIVINE ZERO’
The first song we heard from ‘Misadventures’ last summer still rips.
4. ‘FLORAL & FADING’
Even PTV’s slower songs hit hard. ‘Floral & Fading’ starts slow and reflective - you’d be forgiven for thinking it was ’80s radio-rock ballad (the good type) if it wasn’t for the hefty bass line and occasional crackle of guitar.
Vic croons “Just want to be alone and watch as you all just disappear,” before belting out a “woah-oh-woah” that’s going to go down a storm live as thumping bass and guitars with real attitude cascade down around his vocals.
5. ‘PHANTOM POWER AND LUDICROUS SPEED’
Where the previous track thrived on sentimentality, ‘Phantom Power...’ is fueled by rage.
“Give it up, give it up, don’t let your mind slip away,” wails Vic through a wall of noise, before the thumping quasi-breakdown featured at the end of the ‘Misadventures’ announcement video provides the heaviest moment on the album. Make no mistake, this one goes.
It’s poignant, it’s got a hook the size of the moon, and you can hear it below.
7. ‘TODAY I SAW THE WHOLE WORLD’
One of the heavier songs on the album, track seven starts with thumping riffs and harmonics and has a bold, ballsy groove throughout.
Galloping verses are powered by some of Mike Fuentes’ most impressive drumming to date before a swaggering, stomping chorus kicks in where Vic sings grim, graphic lyrics like “While you stood over the pavement I was biting the curb.”
On top of all of that, there’s an infectious, wailing guitar line, a guttural scream and a “woah”-fueled, blockbusting outro that all combine to make ‘Today I Saw The Whole World’ a tense, epic example of everything great about PTV.
8. ‘GOLD MEDAL RIBBON’
Shimmering keys and sunshine-filled guitars rule this one, and while the instrumentals may sound as carefree as PTV get, the lyrics are anything but.
Vic sings “I swear that I can hear you in the wind,” over the top of a pained, textured love song that builds into an overwhelming crescendo of guitar, crashing drums and synth.
This is a cinematic, widescreen take on everything we’ve come to expect from Pierce The Veil. From slow, somber instrumentals through to the use of dramatic strings and an extended, expansive breakdown, 'Bedless' almost becomes a four-minute rock opera.
There’s Vic’s vocals on the cascading, infectious chorus, some slick lead guitar that carries the whole thing along, handclaps... and that’s not even the half of it.
Where the last track was expansive and cinematic, ‘Sambuka’ (which at just over two and a half minutes clocks in as the shortest song on the album) just goes. And how.
It's full of frantic instrumentals juxtaposed with Vic’s airy voice floating along on top of the mayhem, and a breakneck, riff-fueled blast that ends with an emphatic cry of "I can’t deny it’s getting worse, trust me it’s a blessing and a curse."
11. ‘SONG FOR ISABELLE’
This album started with something epic, so it’s appropriate that ‘Misadventures’ closes in equally grand fashion with ‘Song For Isabelle’.
Lines like "You taste just like you always do" are soaked with emotion, as is the clean lead guitar that winds its way through a song that slinks through a slow, melodic first minute or so before exploding into life with a silky smooth, soaring chorus before paring back again to Vic's almost spoken word, piano-backed finale of "some days I sit and wish I was a kid again".
Read our full, comprehensive verdict on 'Misadventures' in this month's Rock Sound magazine, and pre-order the album at PTV's website.