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From the opening track “Besitos”—with its speed-of-light guitar riff, impassioned vocal onslaught, and near-operatic chorus—Pierce the Veil make it clear that Selfish Machines is not just another metal album. It blurs emo, prog rock, and post-hardcore into a powerhouse of a record. However, tracks like “Disasterology” and the multi-faceted juggernaut “Caraphernelia” offset their technical prowess with pop-schooled catchiness. Selfish Machines is an album about the complexities of love, and its emotional weight and sonic intricacies do the difficult subject justice.

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"To live is just to fall asleep. To die is to awake."

When I first stumbled upon Pierce The Veil, they were nothing short of something I've never heard before.
A majority of their songs; fast paced and complicated. The singer (Vic Fuentes); high pitched and aggresive, but also soulful and emotional. The instrumentals; patterened with riffs and beats that you have no idea how they memorized it for the record. Each echo and harmony had me enriched in this crazy stuff. The talent in this band is mesmorizing. With the obvious tinge of Spanish flair in this scatter-brained, catchy screamo Californian metal, it is clearly a very authentic group of geniuses behind the music. The lyrics are simply incredible and jump from each vivid image to the next, such as the beach houses along the coast of California (Million Dollar Houses), to the red roses of the cemetary (Besitos).
Another trait that caught my attention was the beginnings that jumped right in and snatched your attention. The drums would go to town while the guitars would serenade in the backround. Now on other songs, such as "Stay Away From My Friends" for instance, the piano and and slow ghostly intros fit in the aggresive songs perfectly.
Overall, this record is definetly a kickass summer playlist for the metal-hungry. I also highly reccomend seeing them live. Five Stars!

Star Rating Song By Song:
"Besitos" - 5/5
"Southern Constellations/The Boy Who Could Fly" - 5/5
"Caraphernelia" - 5/5
"Fast Times At Clairemont High" - 4/5
"The New National Anthem" - 5/5
"Bulletproof Love" - 5/5
"Stay Away From My Friends" - 4/5
"I Don't Care If You're Contagious" - 5/5
"Disasterology" - 5/5
"Million Dollar Houses (The Painter)" - 5/5
"The Sky Under The Sea" - 5/5


i can almost swear it, everytime i hear a song by pierce the veil, i have a mini heartattack and eargasm combined.

Wow.... :o

Amazing album, caraphernelia is such an great song


Formed: 2006 in San Diego, CA

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '00s, '10s

The heart of San Diego emo-inflected post-hardcore outfit Pierce the Veil lies in two brothers, vocalist/guitarist Vic Fuentes and drummer Mike Fuentes. They first started playing together as the band Before Today while students in high school. The two formed the group in December of 1998, and it was soon turned into a quintet by guitarist Joe Tancil and bassist Mitchell Ballatore. Before Today played as a unit for several years, and after signing to Equal Vision Records, released the album A Celebration...
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