Review Summary: If you are a fan of Korn, you will certainly like this, but you may also find yourself hating it for stealing Korn's sound. Either way, it carries an intersting sound and some welcome heavy tracks.
Flymore are a band of Russian origin that is attempting to bring back the former glory of nu-metal. After their first LP, Millenium IV V, the band have now released a 2013 EP, Mind Tricks.
The first album has been ridiculed for very closely mimicking the sound of successful nu-metal band, Korn. While this album does feature a similar sound to the first, this EP displays a newfound style. Not to say that this new material has removed the constraining shackels of copy-cat behaviour, but they have 'evolved' somewhat. They have found a small amount of individuality, so they now don't sound so much like a Korn cover band who forgot how the rest of the song went and made the ending up.
The first track, 'F.O.N.M.' may be the best on the EP and is an excellent way to begin, sounding very nu-metal and with vocals that scream despair, it has a distinguishable change from the first albums sound. The vocalist still sounds remarkably like Jonathan Davis, but at least he is trying a little harder to develope his own style rather than reading straight from the Korn vocalists metaphorical handbook.
Another standout track is 'All 4 Love' which has a catchy chorus that is great to scream along with and a message that most people can relate to. There are even some softer sounding vocals that are displayed in this song. The instruments back this song up, creating a metallic atmosphere that is quite saddening and gives a feeling of hopelessness.
Instrumentally, the band has the same sound as it did in previous years, but the dynamic has changed to suit the new sound on these songs and therefore I feel they are better and much more natural than they were on the first album. The closing track 'Lesson Learnt' is a fine example of their changed sound, and perhaps the title holds a secret meaning regarding their critics?
However, I still feel this album still sounds too much like Korn. This band is evolving and changing, but the overall effect gives off a Korny feel that is somewhat different, but it still just screams CLONE. I doubt this band will ever be able to rid itself of that, and because of it, I doubt their fanbase will ever grow while Korn continue to make new albums. Still, they are trying to revive Nu-Metal, which would be a commendable effort if they weren't ripping off the very genre they hoped to restore.
Love it or hate it, the tracks I recommend are:
*All 4 Love
Buy this album if you are in between Korn album releases and want something that sounds like them while you are waiting.