Memphis May Fire
The Hollow


4.0
excellent

Review

by JumpTheShark USER (4 Reviews)
April 27th, 2011 | 149 replies


Release Date: 2011 | Tracklist

Review Summary: While dropping their Southern vibe almost completely, Memphis May Fire have put forth an album worth your time.

Memphis May Fire have certainly been through a lot since their formation. From releasing their well received southern rock influenced self-titled EP and losing a vocalist shortly after, to the release of their quickly forgotten Between The Lies EP. And with their recent signing to the infamous Rise Records, many people may have doubted this album as being a generic cookie-cutter Rise-core album. But, while this album is pretty generic, it proves that they are still capable of making music that is worth your time.

From the very first track, “The Sinner”, you can tell that this is not the same band as their previous albums. You are immediately thrust into a sea of intricate riffing and breakdowns, along with some orchestral effects. Matty Mullins showcases his much improved vocals very well on this song. From his soaring and beautiful cleans, and powerful, aggressive screams, it is obvious that his vocals are the driving force of the band. Following “The Sinner” is “The Unfaithful”, which features a sing-along chorus and a bone-shattering breakdown at about the halfway point that is sure to be popular at concerts.

The next track is “The Victim”. This is a very solid track. From the catchy chorus to the very nice guitar work, and heavy effects in the background it will not fail to impress, easily one of the highlight tracks on the album. Next track, “The Abandoned”, begins with the distressed screams of:

Staring at the wall,
I never thought this would be so hard.
How could have I been so close and never known you?
I never knew, I never knew you at all!

You will always be my father but I hope you know,
It's your fault and I'll never know what that means.
You left a void that never could be replaced.
I am dying inside but you will never see!

The band showcases some amazing lyrics on this album.The overall lyrical theme throughout the album, tell the story of the man on the cover and his experiences in his life, which is an interesting concept. Following “The Abandoned” is “The Deceived”, another heavy track. But this album does offer a break from all the heavy breakdown-laden metalcore, in the form of “The Burden (Interlude)”. Being one of the best interlude tracks on an album in a long time, this transitions well into “The Haunted”.

The next few songs lead further on with the haunting tones, deep lyrics, and fantastic vocals. But on the last track “The Redeemed”the tone is changed quite a bit. It has some quite inspiring and uplifting lyrics and a haunting outro, this is an amazing closing track to an above-average metalcore album, it is the perfect ending to this dark haunting album, and proves that The Hollow is anything but hollow, lacking filler songs and being an all around amazing release.


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Comments:Add a Comment 
JumpTheShark
April 27th 2011


200 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

First review. Help?

charlie15
April 27th 2011


133 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

I think you've done pretty well for a first. Not that i've written a review.. And i agree with your comments.

I was expecting a lot less from this record. It's shocked me how impressed I am. Way better than Sleepwalking imo.

TomAkaVeto
April 27th 2011


1690 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0 | Sound Off

While dropping their Southern vibe almost completely, Memphis May Fire have put forth an album worth YOUR time.


JumpTheShark
April 27th 2011


200 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

Ahhh shit yeah thanks. I had it like that originally but went to reword it and messed it up!

climactic
April 27th 2011


19983 Comments


error in summary

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climactic
April 27th 2011


19983 Comments


a bone-shattering breakdown at about the halfway point that is sure to be popular at
concerts




From the catchy chorus to the very nice guitar work, and heavy effects in the background.


not a full sentence

The band showcases some amazing lyrics on this album, and this song is no
exception



The lyrics tell the story of the man on the cover and his experiences in his life, which is an
interesting concept.


extremely vague.

theres other stuff too, wont neg though, fix it up and ill pos



Winsomniac
April 27th 2011


8014 Comments


"...it is obvious that his vocals are the diving force of the band."

Diving force, you say?

"...bone-shattering breakdown at about the halfway point that is sure to be popular concerts."

popular at concerts*.

'breakdown-laden' ought to be hyphenated.

And as much fun as these guys are, the lyrics from the two songs I heard were anything but deep.

Not a huge fan of the track-by-track, but it's your first review. Overall, I'd say waiting a few
hours after writing and then proofreading before you upload would really help you out.

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painthethane
April 27th 2011


76 Comments


title should be "teh...", intentionally.

LG
April 28th 2011


3049 Comments


Singer is like a cross between Mike Fuentes and Tyson Stevens

ilbron
April 28th 2011


33 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

FUCKING AMAZING ALBUM! Very, very, very impressed!

RosaParks
April 28th 2011


15049 Comments



fuck this album

mrshamoozoo
April 28th 2011


14 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

very sick album. these mother fuckers dont play around

LiveByFaith
April 29th 2011


141 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

every single song on this album has something to distinguish it from the other.

JumpTheShark
April 29th 2011


200 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

Glad you guys enjoy this, and yeah the fighting and arguing in The Burden made me remember that too, this album is sooo good though.

MalleusMaleficarum
April 29th 2011


14396 Comments


i tried to listen to a track off this but then the song started so

JumpTheShark
April 29th 2011


200 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

What do you mean Malleus?

Lordpanch
April 29th 2011


9 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

uhm maybe i have to listen this album again

TomAkaVeto
April 29th 2011


1690 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0 | Sound Off

These songs sound a bit too similar, but this is still a bit above average. However, The Color Morale and Dance Gavin Dance come out on top for best post-hardcore albums so far this year. That being said, this album is really fun to listen to while driving.

IAmHollywood
April 30th 2011


1443 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

nothing to write home about

twlichty
April 30th 2011


3439 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

yeah not anything amazingly original, put still has some really good riffs and headbangable breakdowns

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