The Sky is the Limit
When Pierce the Veil released “The Divine Zero” last June, just in time for their run on the Vans Warped Tour, it appeared that the wait for their overdue follow up to 2012’s Collide with the Sky was finally over. Six months later, the wait continues. Will 2016 finally bring one of the most anticipated post-hardcore records in recent memory?
Whether it be writer’s block or otherwise that has kept the San Diego act from returning with a new album, Pierce the Veil have lost little in terms of interest. Still one of the scene’s biggest draws, the band have been able to weather the lull thanks to the lasting power of Collide with the Sky, a surprisingly progressive album, chock full of energy.
That energy translates well to Pierce the Veil’s stellar live performance, which has been another saving grace for the band during this relative stillness. Still, you can feel the confusion and worry setting in with fans as the clock continues to tick. It’s not unprecedented for a band this talented and possessing this much scene capital to fail to follow through on promises and remain in relative limbo (*cough* Saosin *cough*).
But amidst all the foot tapping and hand wringing, there remains the truth that Vic Fuentes, one of emo-core’s most exciting vocalists and songwriters and an admitted perfectionist, could very well be putting the finishing touches on a masterpiece. If any band in the scene is capable of delivering an album that meets the kind of ungodly expectations that this one now does, it just might be Pierce the Veil.
No matter the outcome, after nearly four years of singing the same songs, fans are ready to be rewarded for their patience. It’s time for the talking to end and the music to begin.
by Kiel Hauck
Kiel Hauck is the editor in chief at It’s All Dead. Over the past decade, he has been a contributor for multiple online and print publications and was most recently an editor at PopMatters. Kiel currently resides in Indianapolis, IN with his wife and their imaginary pet, Hand Dog. You can follow him on Twitter.