Nevaeh (album)

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Studio album by Design the Skyline
Released August 16, 2011
Recorded May — July 2011 at Precision Studio & Productions LLC.
Genre Deathcore, metalcore, avant-garde metal
Length 30:39
Label Victory
Producer Robert Beltran
Design the Skyline chronology
Synthetic Cities
Singles from Nevaeh
  1. "Break Free from Your Life"
    Released: July 26, 2011
  2. "Cybernetic Strawflower"
    Released: August 8, 2011
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
LMP Magazine 4/10[1]
The Metal Forge 7/10 stars[2]
Mind Equals Blown 0.5/5 stars[3]
The NewReview 3/5 stars[4]
Ultimate Guitar 1.7/10[5] 3/10 stars[6] 6.9/10[7]
Under The Gun Review 0/10 [8]

Nevaeh is the debut full-length album by Design the Skyline. It was released on August 16, 2011 through Victory Records.


The band had ideas to start work on a debut album after changing their name from Extra Large Kids to Design the Skyline. Initially the members set plans to release a full-length titled, Synthetic Cities which even had its own artwork completed along with many of its songs recorded and planned but were never fully finished or mastered. The project was abandoned. The reason for this was due to the band aspiring to pursue a completely different and more "mature" sound than what they had originally interpreted after their signing to Victory in May.[9]

Nevaeh was then written and recorded by the course of May through July 2011. The album spawned two singles; "Break Free from Your Life" and "Cybernetic Strawflower" before its release.[10]

Sound and musical structure[edit]

The band has cited The Doors and Led Zeppelin as some of the influences for the album's musical structure.[11]


The critical reaction to Nevaeh was mostly mixed, with praise going toward's the band's dramatic sound change from that of "Surrounded by Silence", but criticism for the album's production as well as its "generic" material.

Colin McNamara of The Metal Forge gave the album a seven out of ten, saying that Nevaeh "will attract listeners who are sick of the usual deathcore formula" and that the album's musicianship was "well-rounded and each track approaches in a furious, [yet] innovative way."[12] gave the album three stars out of a possible five, saying that Design the Skyline "really shows prowess in their experimental side" and that "Nevaeh shows glimmers of hope for those who want something to remember."[13] In the most critical review of the album, James Shotwell of gave the album a zero out of 10, saying that Nevaeh was "simply not that good". However, many readers of the site were critical of the review itself.[14] Aleksi Pertola of also gave the album a negative review, saying "it is a haphazard mish mash of all things popular in the scene at the moment, with left foot in deathcore, right foot in electronically enhanced post-hardcore, and middle foot in a Hot Topic groupie's mouth."[15]

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Length
1. "Crystal Swords Kill the Hordes" 5:00
2. "Reality Away" 3:00
3. "Destroyer" 3:27
4. "Cybernetic Strawflower" 2:41
5. "Break Free from Your Life" 3:01
6. "Reverie" (instrumental) 3:11
7. "Witch of the Woods" 2:48
8. "Free for Infinity" 1:45
9. "Under the Blood Driven Moon" 2:20
10. "Nevaeh" (instrumental) 3:26
Total length: 30:39


Design the Skyline


  1. ^ Hole, Jon. "[MUSIC] Design The Skyline – Nevaeh [REVIEW]". LMP Magazine. Retrieved 31 October 2011. 
  2. ^ McNamara, Colin. "The Metal Forge - Review - Design the Skyline - Nevaeh". The Metal Forge. Retrieved 31 October 2011. 
  3. ^ Rheenen, Erik. "Design the Skyline: Nevaeh". Mind Equals Blown. Retrieved 27 August 2011. 
  4. ^ Anderson, Jonathan. "Design the Skyline - Nevaeh « The NewReview". The NewReview. Retrieved 27 August 2011. 
  5. ^ "Nevaeh Review | Design The Skyline". Ultimate Guitar Archive. Retrieved 1 September 2011. 
  6. ^ "Design The Skyline - Nevaeh album review". Retrieved 22 November 2011. 
  7. ^ "Design the Skyline "Nevaeh"". Retrieved 3 March 2012. 
  8. ^ "REVIEW: Design the Skyline: 'Nevaeh'". Under the Gun Review. August 17, 2011. 
  9. ^ "Design The Skyline Sign With Victory Records". The PRP. Retrieved 8 August 2011. 
  10. ^ "Victory Records - Design The Skyline: Nevaeh". Victory Records. Retrieved 8 August 2011. 
  11. ^ "Design The Skyline Break Down "Nevaeh" Track By Track, Cite Led Zeppelin And The Doors Influences". The PRP. Retrieved 17 August 2011. 
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