Memphis May Fire
Sleepwalking


4.5
superb

Review

by Comatorium. USER (42 Reviews)
July 21st, 2009 | 57 replies


Release Date: 2009 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Armed with a new vocalist and a reinvented instrumental structure, Memphis May Fire may very well have created their breakout album that could launch them into fame. Here's to hoping MTV doesn't get a whiff of this.

Memphis May Fire is a southern post hardcore band. Prior to "Sleepwalking" which is their first full length, they had released a self-titled EP. With a new album, and new musical direction, and a new singer, MMF is poised to prove that they don't plan to blend in with every other band in the scene.

While promising, the self-titled was painfully by the numbers and left a lot to be desired. It did have a few things going for it, namely some decent instrumentation and a unique vocalist. It was hindered by it's short length, predictable formula, and while often well done, the vocals could become grating, particularly in the clean passages. MMF also claimed that there was a southern edge to their music, though on the EP, this was hardly the case. With "Sleepwalking," they take all of the promise from their self-titled, capitalized on it, and put out a surprisingly good release.

Although the vocalist is new, he certainly bears resemblance to the old one, with high pitched vocals that are well done and on key. The screams are vastly improved as well. This album also delivers on the promise of packing a southern edge. The guitars are distinct, varied, and stray far from the typical chugging of similar acts, and weave seamlessly around the other band elements with some excellent leads and melodies that are unmistakably southern rock tinged.

Opening with North Atlantic Vs. North Carolina, MMF wastes no time in showing off the fact that they know how to play their guitars. The opening riff carries the song into one of its poppiest moments, and the vocalist easily switches between singing and screaming, utilizing both at appropriate times with more than enough ability.

The album really hits its stride with You're Lucky Its Not 1962, which showcases the band's capability in playing harder rock right alongside the pop based songs. This is yet another song that has a hard southern rock feel to it. The song climaxes with a slow bridge that leads into an entertaining breakdown.

Quantity Is Their Quality is the seemingly mandatory "socially conscious" track that normally is the pitfall of an album, plagued with cheesy lyrics and preachy douche-baggery. The odd thing is, this isnt a pit fall... by any means. This is one of the best tracks. Starting out heavy and meandering out into clean vocals layered over tremolo picked guitar, which is carried to the end with a downtuned solo that stands out enough without overtaking the other instrument's presence.

The Name With No Face is yet another highlight, boasting the most powerful and raw screaming on the album. When that's paired with some nice guitar lines and an intricate solo, the song becomes built into possibly MMF's best song to date. The clean singing meshes with the screaming in on-off fashion that somehow feels fresh and entertaining, despite its overuse in most other bands.

If Maylene and the Sons of Disaster's new album was up your alley, then this surely will provide some entertainment. A huge improvement over the EP, and showcasing just how easily a mediocre band can turn into a force to be reckoned with in the scene, "Sleepwalking" is an essential buy for anyone remotely interested in this music genre.



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Memphis May Fire's debut album is a winner. 'Nuff said....


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Comatorium.
July 21st 2009


4175 Comments


pretty good.

Digging: Kayo Dot - Coffins On Io

Zip
July 22nd 2009


5312 Comments


SWtarting out heavy

Please fix this.
Other than that, good review.
troll pos.

Comatorium.
July 22nd 2009


4175 Comments


Fix'd

Zip
July 22nd 2009


5312 Comments


It's about fucking time!

MrGlass
July 22nd 2009


326 Comments


pretty good review.

but seriously? the old vocalist was ridiculously better than this new guy.

Comatorium.
July 22nd 2009


4175 Comments


i think theyre on par with each other. new guys clean voice is better.

atrink
Contributing Reviewer
July 23rd 2009


2845 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

did you hear about these guys on facebook? cuz they got that add on the side and that's were i found em

Douglas
July 23rd 2009


9126 Comments


These guys had so much potential with their EP, I hoping this lives up to song like Cowbell's Making A Comeback. Swell review, I shall pos.

atrink
Contributing Reviewer
July 23rd 2009


2845 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

someone negged? i'll pos cuz you get to much shit. your a good reviewer

Douglas
July 23rd 2009


9126 Comments


You realise if you think you are getting troll neg'd you can bring it up in the forums and get them to look at it and get rid of all the troll negs...

Comatorium.
July 24th 2009


4175 Comments


Ok well i'll definitely do that. where in the forum would i post that?

Comatorium.
July 24th 2009


4175 Comments


Oh and atrink, no i discovered them around christmas last year on itunes with the "People Also Liked" feature. Good call on itunes' part.

dougie, yes, there are TONS of songs on here on par with Cowbell's Makin A Comeback. Just listen to N Atlantic vs N Carolina.

YouAreMySilence
July 24th 2009


3727 Comments


Boring

Comatorium.
July 24th 2009


4175 Comments


this is hardly boring...

Douglas
July 24th 2009


9126 Comments


http://www.sputnikmusic.com/forums/forumdisplay.php?f=95

Start a thread there, ask mods if you get negs removed

Comatorium.
July 24th 2009


4175 Comments


thanks, done.

XXXpickemgenius
July 24th 2009


139 Comments


there are TONS of songs on here on par with Cowbell's Makin A Comeback. Just listen to N Atlantic vs N Carolina.



Yeah when that song was first playing(N. Atlantic) I thought of it as a huge turn off for this CD.

Hope the other songs on the CD are better(than N. Atlantic).

Quantity is easily better than N. Atlantic so ima check the rest of this out.

not a bad review either.

Comatorium.
July 24th 2009


4175 Comments


This album keeps growing on me.. its truly good.

atrink
Contributing Reviewer
July 25th 2009


2845 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

it's gunna grow to a 5?

Comatorium.
July 25th 2009


4175 Comments


not that far.



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