Like Moths to Flames
Sweet Talker


2.5
average

Review

by Chris Higgins USER (38 Reviews)
December 13th, 2010 | 28 replies


Release Date: 2010 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Originality is one of the many things you will not find in this debut, but they could have done so much better.

Like Moths to Flames presents the return of Chris Roetter, who was formerly the lead vocalist of Agraceful. While Agraceful did nothing new for music, one of the best things about the band was Chris’s vocal talents, and that talent is the only thing that made me look forward to Like Moths to Flames. Recently signing to Rise Records, many will put this off as a simple-minded Rise band and most of you are correct. All high hopes anyone could have had for this band will be tore down, but only to a certain point. Like Moths to Flames has the potential to be so much more, but their repetitiveness and lack of originality complete tears them down.

Right from the start you can notice how familiar this band sounds to others in the genre. The first song ‘Your Existence’ opens with a guitar tapping, bass heavy breakdown that has been heard in so many songs before it. One of the things that saves this band though is their amount of energy, though every song is filled with these macho average breakdowns, none of the songs on the “Sweet Talker” EP slow down even for a second. Like Moths to Flames made the mistake of making each song sound alike, featuring similar guitar parts and choruses, even the breakdowns sound alike most of the time.

As I kept listening to the EP, I noticed the similarity in each song when I began thinking parts from other songs were going to come up in the song I was listening to. Most of the lyrics were dull and boring, featuring lines like, “the world is mine” and “I will bury you in all that you believe in” are just two screamed lines that lead into a breakdown. Fortunately, songs like ‘Dead Routine’ and ‘Bloodsport’ feature memorable breakdowns, they are nothing you’ve never heard before but they are crafted well. Drummer Lance Greenfield is great at what he does, but he never takes the time to use his talent. Most of the time he uses the same beats over and over again, but every now and then he pulls out something fun to listen to. The cymbal smashing build up to the breakdown in ‘Dead Routine’ shows his ability to mix things up, he just should’ve done it a lot more.

Most of the time the two guitars never do anything to impressive, though there are a few little memorable riff moments through the entire EP. One of the best things about this band are certainly the vocals, Chris screams a lot more here then he did in Agraceful, but he also shares singing duties with bassist Aaron Douglas. The choruses feature their two voices overlapping each other and doing all kinds of interesting things. My only complaint is that the choruses move quickly, and I was hoping for a few slower more singing based moments. Of course, that’s probably the only time you’ll ever hear me asking for slower moments from a band like this.

“Sweet Talker” EP was one of the late 2010 releases I was actually really looking forward to hearing. The few songs the band released were great to hear, but when put together with the other songs they do nothing to stand apart. Like Moths to Flames would be a great band to see live, and though their EP is energetic, it never does anything to make it more than average. The instrumentals are plain and boring and the vocals never have the time to become impressive. In order for the band to move on to a great album, they need to find some originality and mix things up a little bit, without destroying what they already have going for them.



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Comments:Add a Comment 
Athom
Staff Reviewer
December 13th 2010


17224 Comments


this band is named after my least favorite Thrice song... i'll pass

shortone323
December 13th 2010


883 Comments


Good review. I haven't listened to everything on here yet, but I'll probably end up having a similar opinion. Dead Routine is a pretty good song, although, like you said, it isn't anything special. How do the rest of the songs on here compare to it?

Curse.
Contributing Reviewer
December 13th 2010


8019 Comments


I love this song, will pass on the band

TheOceanInside
December 13th 2010


439 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5 | Sound Off

i'll only ever put this on when i want to headbang mindlessly.

seriously i've never seen an EP so devoid of unoriginality. it's crazy.

chiggles
December 13th 2010


76 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

ShortTone,

Most of the songs are good if your in an angry mood, but Dead Routine is certainly the best of the Ep, and that's not saying much.

PinkBlackberry
December 14th 2010


2346 Comments


I was soooooooooooooooo stoked to hear this.

sigh..yet it's shit

Bitstream
December 14th 2010


296 Comments


"The symbol smashing build up to the breakdown in ‘Dead Routine' "
"The symbol smashing build up"
"symbol smashing"
"symbol"

Are. You. Serious.

chiggles
December 14th 2010


76 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Just noticed that. Fixed.

EyeForAnEye
December 14th 2010


1702 Comments


Ive been anticipating this and I'm really, really digging this so far. Don't hate, guys D:

chiggles
December 14th 2010


76 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

I didn't hate too bad. I'm actually listening to this again now.

Toadstool
December 14th 2010


136 Comments


Good review. Boring band.

IAmHollywood
December 14th 2010


1443 Comments


inb4 Winsomniac: JUNoriginal

TheOceanInside
December 14th 2010


439 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5 | Sound Off

im not hating on them. its fun to listen to, it'll just be forgotten in about a month or less.

IAmHollywood
December 14th 2010


1443 Comments


Definitely less.

LiveByFaith
December 15th 2010


141 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

awe this was such a let down.
i swear emarosa was the best fit for chris.
how sad.

TheOceanInside
December 15th 2010


439 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5 | Sound Off

i agree^ shit was epic.

but i'm digging the last song a lot actually... the lyrics i can relate to

iBeer
January 21st 2011


3 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

For an Ep. the direction they took shouldn't be criticized too much. Besides Roetter is a beast.

iamSeraph
February 3rd 2011


869 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

liking this quite much. agraceful vocalist kicks ass =)
also nice review, even if you underestimate them quite a bit imo.

promiseswept
February 11th 2011


846 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

the drummer didn't even play on this cd btw it's completely programmed drums

promiseswept
February 11th 2011


846 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

i pos'd btw



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