More Than Life
Brave Enough To Fail


4.0
excellent

Review

by Richard Craig USER (120 Reviews)
October 21st, 2008 | 18 replies


Release Date: 2008 | Tracklist


More Than Life have done quite well for themselves during their short existence. They have also been working very hard. Despite having been a band for only half a year they have recorded a demo (which sold out by the way) as well as this EP. Whilst racking up over 50 shows in their native UK they have shared the stage with much bigger names in the hardcore scene - names such as Bane, Verse and Dead Swans to name but a few. They also have two short European tours currently booked. Essentially, things are looking up for More Than Life, 5 kids from Frome, UK who started the band simply to make something "that means something to us, tour as much as we can and create memories driving around, playing our songs to people". Judging by the high standard of blistering hardcore found on this 6-track EP they are more than deserving of their success to date, and would definitely deserve anymore success that could and should come their way.

Recently in the UK a lot of people have been turned onto hardcore by a young band called Gallows. You may have heard of them. While More Than Life do not sound like Gallows, they sound more like early Comeback Kid, comparisons can still frequently be made to them. For instance, frontman James sounds very like Frank Carter, especially towards the end of EP highlight 'Faceless Name' as he screams "I'm just a ***ing faceless name!" The song twists and turns, going through many tempo shifts, even squeezing in (and getting away with) an ambient guitar solo, all the while remaining relentlessly intense. This intensity rarely lets up over the 16-minute course of the EP. When it does let up it is to serve a purpose - to accentuate the fast, thrashy sections.

Of course, the slower passages here work very well on their own. The tremolo guitar picking alongside the gradually building chords in EP opener 'Aperature' build atmospherically, in an almost post-rock kind of way before the tension is released in the next track. A similar intro is used in closer 'Fear' before giving way to a fast-paced punk song with furious vocals. The overly simple chords here may be a little too upbeat for the genre but the song is very strong structurally and this makes up for it. James sings/shouts with a great deal of urgency but is at his best, as are the rest of the band, on 'Never Ender'. Dramatically changing texture as well as tempo it makes for a very interesting listen, especially with lyrics such as "dead space is eating me alive from the inside out" sung with such fearful conviction.

The 'Brave Enough To Fail EP' is certainly a very enjoyable and exciting listen and must surely translate incredibly well in a live setting - provided that the band can maintain the level of intensity shown here. More Than Life have had a very successful career given the short time span that they have been together, and they have deserved it. This EP is simply a milestone following a lot of time spent on the road touring- it is also bloody good too!



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Comments:Add a Comment 
Inperiour
October 21st 2008


78 Comments


Brilliant band, these are nothing short of awesome Live, I still gotta order those colour 7" of Anchors Aweigh yet.

fireaboveicebelow
October 21st 2008


6837 Comments


this sounds really cool, good review

craigy2
October 21st 2008


551 Comments


Cheers man.
I'm seeing them on November 29th, it's gonna be a great show!


handoman
October 21st 2008


2386 Comments


Sounds really good.

charliecoolman
March 25th 2009


23 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

fast deep emotional hardcore. fuckin great ep cant wait for the full length

Damrod
Moderator
March 10th 2010


1093 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Stumbled upon this in my CD rack again, really good EP. Only real downpoint is that it's so short.

DinoX
September 30th 2010


3582 Comments


I like the names of this band's albums lol, I have been meaning to listen to them for a while I suppose I should get around to that.

HaloDude442
October 27th 2010


693 Comments


sick ep

Spec
May 18th 2012


27190 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Still prefer this over the full length i'd say.

Trebor.
Contributing Reviewer
May 18th 2012


50579 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Not me

Digging: Run the Jewels - Run the Jewels 2

Spec
May 18th 2012


27190 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

AND I WONDER IF YOU EVER SCREAMED MY NAME IN THE MIDDLE OF THE NIGHT

Spec
May 18th 2012


27190 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Its off of the lp you faggot. Probably dont even know it.

Spec
May 18th 2012


27190 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

fggt

Spec
May 18th 2012


27190 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

< 3

Quen
August 30th 2012


1633 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

this rules

bach
April 19th 2013


12910 Comments


Yeah

Digging: Caribou - Our Love

treeqt.
April 19th 2013


9734 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

yeah

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Minomol
April 23rd 2014


14 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

fuck yeah



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