Review: A Skylit Drive – Rise (1,000th Post!)

RiseA Skylit Drive
Tragic Hero Records
Track List:
1. Save Me Tragedy
2. Unbreakable
3. Crash Down
4. Rise
5. Crazy
6. Said & Done
7. Just Stay
8. Pendulum
9. I, Enemy
10. Wide Awake
11. Shadows
12. Dreaming In Blue

               A Skylit Drive is back and has risen to the occasion, bringing you twelve tracks you can’t say no to.  If you’ve chosen to buy the iTunes deluxe edition, like I did, you get a familiar extra song and three demos.

So here we go…

Rise opens with “Save Me Tragedy,” which displays exactly what ASD are capable of.  I know a lot of people will have their mixed feelings about whether or not Jag should scream more or less. But, I feel Rise was the chance for Jag to show everyone what he was born to do and shine doing so.

I want to take this brief moment to say I was not expecting ANYTHING of what I heard in the track “Crazy.”  I know it’s a bit late for this to be said considering I’m pretty sure most of you reading this have heard Rise already.  “Crazy” was well just crazy.  After hearing that breakdown, one that I might add would never expect from ASD.  Let’s just say I was completely satisfied with the album after only being five tracks in.

Now that we’ve got that out of the way let’s continue shall we…

               Rise progresses with the aggressive attack it was meant to portray. Until we get to the track “Just Stay.”  This track is one of those songs that are so infectious you must listen to it numerous times in a row, I know I did.  “Just Stay,” while filled with heartfelt lyrics and emotional but strong at the same time.

Picking back up, “Pendulum” doesn’t waste any time doing so.  I would have to say out of the heavier songs, this would be one of my favorites.  I’m going to go ahead and say I was not one bit disappointed or bored with Rise.  “I, Enemy” and “Shadows” are two more stand out tracks on the album.  Both are hard hitting and filled with the musicianship and vocals we know and love.

Overall I would recommend to almost everyone in the genre with hopes that they’ll give A Skylit Drive the chance to blow them away.  Rise came out on September 24th, 2013 so go check your local stores out and pick it up, you won’t regret it.