In the midst of your standard post-hardcore/metalcore bands stands A Faylene Sky. They are back for their first release since their last EP, Define Alive, in 2009. Now on Tragic Hero Records, the 5 piece post-hardcore outfit has set to release their first ever full length album. Past records have shown not much creativity, other than your normal post-hardcore sound with poppy clean vocals. With still much left to prove, let's see how the band's debut went.
We begin with the first track, "To Raise A Nation", which was also the first single off the album. It starts off with high pitched screams from Troy Ray which smoothly leads into a pop filled clean chorus. Something that has been heard before on the band's previous work. The second track, Day Dreamer starts off very similiar to the first track, with our first glimpse of some electronics layed over mediocre guitar riffs and high pitched screams.
On to the third track, that being the titled track which is featured by Evan Pharmakis. As we jump into it, once again we hear to high pitched screams of Troy Ray over bland guitar riffs which lead into more pop filled chorus'. After about a minute into this track, you can sort of get the gist of the album. Most of the album is repetitive and seems to follow the usual post-hardcore sense of screams, pop chorus, breakdown, repeat. You quickly notice that this album doesn't offer much to the table. It's all nothing that we haven't heard before and nothing groundbreaking occurs throughout the entire album.
While the lyrics are nothing but cliche, if anything stands out in this album is the ending track, Anchored Down. Its an acoustic song that comes in to almost save the album in a way. The song was sung beautifully, and the lyrics in the song almost speak to you in a way. In my opinion, Anchored Down is the best song off the album. The gang vocals near the end were executed perfectly as well as the overlay of guitars and drums just ended the song perfectly. They couldn't have picked a better way to end the album.
Overall, the album is nothing short of mediocre. While it isn't a complete train wreck, the album was very bland and boring at times. Most of the time it sounds like you are listening to the same song over and over again. While the clean vocals were impressive, the constant breakdowns and boring riffs brought the album down. For a debut release, you can't say that it was bad. Besides, the mediocrity, It's an album worth listening giving a try.