A Skylit Drive - She Watched The Sky
Does A Skylit Drive do enough differently to make She Watched The Sky worth checking out? I've been asking myself that question for hours and I can't come up with an answer. For an EP, She Watched The Sky is definitely an achievement in its own right, but can it possibly offer anything new that hasn't been mimicked in countless other albums that have spawned from the screamo scene? It's unfair to judge a band based on 7 songs, so I'll instead use this review to compare this EP to similar albums and see how it holds up.
This is probably one of the softest screamo bands I've ever heard. When I say soft, I don't mean Air Supply and 80's euro pop soft. I mean that touch of frailty that adds a touch of emotional investment, which seems to be absent from recent music. It's my professional opinion that metal, particularly screamo, can be one of the greatest sources for emotionally charged music. A Skylit Drive seems to be quite aware of this, as every song on She Watched The Sky seems to carry the weight of a tortured soul with a thousand demons. It's a unique aspect that doesn't get the credibility it deserves, so I'll be the first in congratulating A Skylit Drive on nailing that aspect.
As far as the other aspects, She Watched The Sky has some of the typical problems that plague screamo music. A few songs have an air of repetitiveness and the more complex guitar riffs overshadow the vocals from time to time. The vocals steal the show, with a host of interesting lyrics and the lighter than air screaming, which admittedly is an easy sell for me. Without a doubt, this EP is an easy recommendation, mostly for those interested in a good segway into screamo music. While I'm tentative of the direction A Skylit Drive will end up taking in the future with their first full-length album, I'll always have She Watched The Sky to remind myself that some bands out there still think emotionality has a place in music.
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