Release Date: Apr 26, 2011
Record label: Rise
Genre(s): Pop/Rock, Heavy Metal
The sophomore full-length from this Dallas five-piece steps it up yet again... Capitalising on the momentum created by last year’s excellent EP ‘Between The Lies’, Memphis May Fire return with their sophomore record and a fiery beast it is too. The trademark buzzsaw guitars, grinding breakdowns and Jekyll and Hyde clean-to-scream vocals are all present and, on the likes of ‘The Unfaithful’, are amped up to crushing levels.
Let's face it, from a creative standpoint, metalcore is all but dead. While pioneering bands like Killswitch Engage and Cave In expertly merged the melodic with the heavy into coherent and catchy songs, a glut of recent groups have apparently begun to think of music as little more than breakdowns stitched together by whiny vocal musings and disjointed electronic samples. .
Texas-based metalcore outfit Memphis May Fire get serious on their second full-length and debut for new label Rise Records. The excessively smart-assed song titles of their self-titled album are gone, replaced with simple nouns ("The Sinner," "The Abandoned," "The Deceived," "The Burden"). The music has undergone an evolution as well, keeping pace with trends in the hoodies-and-neck-tattoos scene the band calls home -- the new songs feature dashes of Auto-Tuned singing in addition to the guttural growls and hoarse screams, and some tracks feature drum programming and synth melodies seemingly more aimed at the dancefloor than the mosh pit.