Release Date: November 2nd, 2010
Label: Trustkill Records
Website: None available
It’s well-known and documented that the post-hardcore genre today has been suffering and diluting greatly recently. Whether it be a wave of bands trying to bring a new element to things like electronica (Attack Attack!, Abandon All Ships), overly generic breakdowns (Scarlett O’Hara, Asking Alexandria) and the screamed verses and sung chorus structure blueprint (Escape The Fate, Of Mice & Men). Thankfully there are a few bands worth the search of finding them to find some originality or decent execution. However, Texas 4-piece Memphis May Fire don’t fall into that group of acts.
Aside from the electronic undertones and gimmick-like synth input, MMF pretty much cover all areas mentioned above in their EP ‘Between The Lies’, making for what is ultimately a mediocre release. Unoriginal breakdowns come thick and thin, and are most prominent in opener ‘Be Careful What You Wish For’, and also introduces a much more prominent double-bass drums from Cory Elder underlying the screamed verse and sang chorus infrastructure of the track. Matty Mullins‘ vocals are much stronger on this EP however, and the visceral and frantic guitar co-operation between Kellen McGregor and Ryan Bentley follow suit in the same fashion, showing they axed pair have much more talent behind them than their cliche chugging gives them credit for.
The one track averting the traditional and overly dull post-hardcore song formula is ballad-esque attempt with ‘Vaulted Ceilings’, which though allows Kellen McGregor to make full use of his infectious vocals lacks any moment of notability that will stick with you after the EP is done and dusted.
Memphis May Fire aren’t anywhere near the surface to escape the overcrowded post-hardcore scene, and are in fear of suffocating alongside some less innovative and weaker peers. They show potential and power that’s hiding somewhere in their work, they just haven’t managed to utilise it correctly, nor show any light of originality. Only time will tell whether or not this will change.
Written by Zach Redrup
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