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A Skylit Drive - Rise

Amy Bangs
Amy Bangs 26 September 2013 at 14.17

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Standing out less, but all the better for it...

It sounds strange, but A Skylit Drive’s fourth album is written and produced in a manner that makes them stand out less in the metalcore scene – and it’s all the better for it. ‘Rise’ is grounded in solid, accessible pop songwriting, with Michael Jagmin’s high-pitched vocals mixed much more agreeably than their earlier records (though they’ll still be too much to handle for many). The lyrics really drive the songs; they’re full of the right kind of drama, and Brian White’s screams are used more to punctuate emotional lines, rather than exist as lead parts – and that might actually stave off a lot of the criticism their sound receives.

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