Memphis May Fire - This Light I Hold

Published Saturday 13th May 2017
Memphis May Fire - This Light I Hold
Memphis May Fire - This Light I Hold

STYLE: Hard Music
RATING 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9
OUR PRODUCT CODE: 164132-25552
LABEL: Rise
FORMAT: CD Album
ITEMS: 1


Reviewed by Ian Webber

After 10 years it seems that this hard music outfit, originally from Dallas, Texas, have settled to a consistent line up and are comfortable with their brand of melodic hardcore. Clean choruses alternate with Matty Mullins' aggressive growls over a barrage of chugging guitars, punchy drums and regular breakdowns to complete a professional sounding collection of tracks. As a progression from their last outing, 'Unconditional', the overall mix of instruments and vocals is much more satisfying, allowing for a much crisper, powerful sound that form an unrelenting wall of noise. There are, however, some intricate touches with fills that highlight and solos that add a fresh slant to a tried and tested formula. The album opens with one of the heaviest cuts, "Out Of It" featuring a buzz of guitars over a lumbering incessant rhythm and a melodic chorus that showcases Mullins' versatility. The energy of "Sever The Ties" shows that this band still have much to offer as its spacious clean sections soar over a catchy backing. The title track is full of pace and rhythm changes and features a distinctive appearance by Papa Roach's Jacoby Shaddix on vocals. Sounding like a class act, the depth and warmth of the guitar lead intro of "That's Just Life" sets up what is the closest that MMF come to writing a ballad. With 13 well produced tracks there is very little for fans of traditional metalcore to dislike. The only slight disappointment is the fact that the lyrical wit and power of Unconditional seems to have taken more of a back seat this time round. Having said this MMF have still produced a scintillating collection of angst charged, hope filled metalcore that is well worth checking out.

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