lol, lead dude sounds like Justin Bieber doing metal
and then of course you have your growler/yeller
not a thing here I would choose to torture myself with again
all yours

Grade - 1.0

released Feb 15th, 2011

from the album - Too Little Too Late - 1.0

from all music


Formed in 2006 while all of its bandmembers were attending high school in Lodi, CA, A Skylit Drive quickly established a familiar post-hardcore sound, combining the aggression of screamo with the pop-leaning aspects of emo. The sextet released its debut EP, She Watched the Sky, in 2007 on Tragic Hero Records. By the end of that year, A Skylit Drive had endured numerous lineup changes, a situation that lent itself well to 2008's tense, angst-fueled full-length debut, Wires...and the Concept of Breathing. The album broke into the Billboard Top 200 and helped to establish the group outside of its West Coast confines.

The band kept busy throughout the year, touring with similar-minded outfits like Chiodos, Greeley Estates, August Burns Red, and Sky Eats Airplane, as well as releasing the live DVD Let Go of the Wires in December. The following June, A Skylit Drive released their sophomore effort, Adelphia, which marked their first release for Fearless Records. As usual, the guys supported its release by hitting the road, joining up with the Warped Tour that summer before traveling across America, the U.K., and Europe in early 2010. By February, they'd begun working on another album, Identity on Fire, which was released 12 months later in 2011.

Album Review

Released less than two years after Adelphia, Identity on Fire offers more of the familiar A Skylit Drive formula: emotional, weighty alt-rock anthems punctuated by guttural growls, screams, electronics, and the occasional synthesizer. Like many screamo bands, A Skylit Drive put most of their energy into making volatile (but melodic) music, saving Brian White’s screams for key moments and giving most of the spotlight to lead vocalist Michael Jagmin. Much has been made of Jagmin’s similarity to Geddy Lee, and these 12 songs do little to dispel that connection. He sings in an impossibly high register, with a touch of nasality and drama-kid theatricality adding some color to the melodies. The other bandmates don’t take such unique approaches to their own instruments, but they do know how to keep things varied, whether they’re launching into half-time during a bridge or sprinkling some dark, atmospheric electronica into an otherwise straightforward rock song. At times, the guys resemble a rap-free Linkin Park; elsewhere, they’re indistinguishable from millennial metalcore acts like We Came as Romans. A Skylit Drive have a rare frontman in Michael Jagmin, though, and they’d do well to stretch more boundaries on their future albums.

Track Listing

1 Carry the Broken Skylit Drive 1:23
2 Too Little Too Late Skylit Drive 3:11
3 XO Skeleton Skylit Drive 3:30
4 Conscience Is a Killer Skylit Drive 3:55
5 Ex Marks the Spot Skylit Drive 4:35
6 The Cali Buds Skylit Drive 3:38
7 Your Mistake Skylit Drive 3:48
8 F**k the System Skylit Drive 2:57
9 500 Days of Bummer Skylit Drive 4:22
10 Tempt Me, Temptation Skylit Drive 3:29
11 Identity on Fire Skylit Drive 4:18
12 If You Lived Here You'd Be Home Skylit Drive 4:10