Memphis May Fire
Between the Lies


3.0
good

Review

by Alexd93 USER (12 Reviews)
November 2nd, 2010 | 35 replies | 16,162 views


Release Date: 2010 | Tracklist

Review Summary: ...

3 of 3 thought this review was well written

Artist: Memphis May Fire
Album: Between the Lies (Ep)
Date: November 2, 2010
Label: Trustkill Records


Memphis May Fire released their self-titled Ep in 2007 and then went into the studios to record their debut album. During the sessions vocalist Chase Robbins left and bassist Austin Radford followed. Cory Elder took up at bass while the band held open auditions for a vocalist through their MySpace. The band had already recorded their instrumentals with producer Casey Bates when they chose Matt Mullins to take the spot of lead vocals. Mullins recorded his vocals and then the band started touring in support of their debut.

“Sleepwalking, the band’s debut, showed signs of talent with great instrumentation but it didn’t over shadow the albums flaws; Mullins weak screams and growls; the music’s lack of intensity; generic lyrics and song structures. It had its highlights and promises but it seemed that the band had lost the power that made their debut such a triumph. Now the band has released their second EP titled, Between the Lies, and it find the band regaining energy while changing their sound drastically.

The bands strength has always been the dual guitar attack of Kellen McGregor and Ryan Bentley and on Between the Lies they drop the countrified riffs for more of a metalcore style riffing. It takes away some of the bands personality but it produces a more unified presentation of the instruments where the drums and bass become equally powerful (Unlike past releases there is heavy use of double bass probably due to new drummer Eric Molesworth). Besides the duo still has the ability to shred better than most guitarist within the genre (Check out the guitars at the beginning of “Be careful what you wish for”).However, the biggest change for the band is the much improved vocals of Matt Mullins. He sounds comfortable and in control unlike Sleepwalking where he sounded weak and awkward. His growls are powerful while his clean vocals sing infectious choruses (Lead single “Action/Adventure” is a good example”.

As good as it is there’s still much room for the band to improve; the album is absolutely flooded with breakdowns; their song structures are lacking the originality that their older compositions possessed; and the bands attempt at balladry is an epic fail. Also, despite using vocal overdubs to great effect, the band still needs to learn how to put their sampling and production tricks to better use.
Overall it’s a promising release from a young band that possesses a lot of talent, whether they’ll ever make music that lives up to their potential or not remains a question, but for now Between the Lies possesses enough energy and power to be a good listen.

Highlights: “Be careful what you wish for”, “Action/Adventure”



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Comments:Add a Comment 
kingjulian
November 2nd 2010



1297 Comments


Hmmm. Sounds good. I really love Sleepwalking so this could be a good listen. Good review.

Iamthe Nightstars
November 2nd 2010



2182 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

I was hoping for a southern feel like in their previous stuff.

Alexd93
November 2nd 2010



365 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

If your looking for the southern feel then your gonna be very much let down. Its completely gone.

dansxdead
November 2nd 2010



438 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

This is Memphis Came as Romans.

henryChinaski
November 3rd 2010



2683 Comments


man it's sad to hear that 'southern feel' is completely gone. the song they put up on myspace is so boring imo. "the album is absolutely flooded with breakdowns" oh man. not gonna listen to this ^^

Winsomniac
November 3rd 2010



7955 Comments


This is Memphis Came as Romans.

Sleepwalker is then Memphis & The Sons of Romans.

charlie15
November 3rd 2010



132 Comments


thought this would suck. not gonna bother

Spec
November 3rd 2010



27053 Comments


His voice is annoying.

tyhallman
November 3rd 2010



6 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

you guys are all dumb, this ep is soooo good.

Alexd93
November 3rd 2010



365 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

His voice was annoying on Sleepwalking but i think its really improved here

JeffryWinkles
November 4th 2010



100 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

no southern-core sound but still enjoyable im really digging Vaulted ceilings and gingervitus =p

i just pray their next full length goes back to their southern sound the guitar work in their previous albums were just so nice...

alot more junzzzzzz on this album but still solid...

dansxdead
November 4th 2010



438 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

@Winsomniac so true, but at least it retained something a little different. This is just flat out BAD.

iamSeraph
November 9th 2010



857 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

better than sleepwalking.
quite enjoyable tbh. deuces las cruces is an awesome song.

Digging: Everley - The Tyger and the Lamb

Alexd93
November 9th 2010



365 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Hopefully their new album will be good. They still haven't lived up to their debut Ep.

MrSenior
November 13th 2010



212 Comments


I actually like this much more than I figured I would. The first two tracks are great and still have slight moments of southern riffs. Plus the vocalist got LOADS better in harsh and sung vocals.

Alexd93
November 13th 2010



365 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Yeah basically what i said lol. I still lost interest in this after a week. Their s/t ep stayed on my ipod for atleast a year.

wachooo
November 18th 2010



121 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

The music blows now. They sound like every other band now.

This was okay.

I liked the 3rd track a lot.

I don't like the production on this album though. Too fake.

Alexd93
November 20th 2010



365 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

I do agree that they sound like every other band now

Spec
November 20th 2010



27053 Comments


Hate the vocals.

Alexd93
November 20th 2010



365 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

I wish they had their original vocalist, he was so amazing!



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