My Fictions
Stranger Songs


4.5
superb

Review

by NoSons USER (22 Reviews)
July 1st, 2014 | 11 replies


Release Date: 07/01/2014 | Tracklist

Review Summary: "A state of grace is that kind of balance in which you ride the chaos that resides around you."

When I think of the hardcore albums that have maintained a spot on fans' playlists for years on end, I think of frantic, gut wrenching and unpredictable songs grouped together in an emotional outpour. Albums like 'Jane Doe,' 'Travels' and 'We Are The Romans' immediately come to mind. My Fictions is a hardcore band from Massachusetts focused on bringing these same qualities to their music. Their newest release Stranger Songs is the culmination of fantastic songwriting, piercing vocals and gripping lyrics.

"It's not a matter of resolving the chaos... it's about putting the world in order," rings out some of the commentary in the track 'Concern.' My Fictions is embracing chaos with each track on their album. After the dissonant notes opening the album, the rest of 'Mt. Misery' spirals into a pounding drum beat backing up the dark guitar chords. 'Postcard' is quick tempo'd and never relents the assault. The work behind the drum kit is worth noticing because it helps spawn the panicky mood. 'Wake Anxious' plays just like the title infers, embracing the nature of feeling anxious and shaky. The vocals on this track are delivered in a very urgent way, as if the vocalist might be struck down if he does not get what he has to say off his chest. As the song reaches it's final seconds, the screams grow more desperate. 'Stubborn' sounds straight out of a Converge album, embracing quick chord changes, breakneck drumming and feedback to fill any gaps.

Stranger Songs ends with a more melodic hardcore feel. The echo'd lead guitar adds a new depth to the discordant chords. The theme that closes the album gets ingrained in the mind because of its somber presence. The familiar conversation piece is brought back to light, leaving the listener with the line "How can you be a good poet and not care about something." Well sir, if you listened to the emotional outpour of My Fictions that happened in the last 28 minutes, you would understand.



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NoSons
July 1st 2014


91 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

This needed a review. Stunning.

Hep Kat
July 1st 2014


15356 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

LOL get the fuck outta here

Hopelust
July 2nd 2014


1101 Comments


This aint all that bad. It's got some fairly worthy dissonant riffs and melodies going on. Pretty dark too. If it was the dead of winter, I'd be much more inclined to listen to this, but right now, its the exact opposite of what I'm looking to listen to haha.

F0RBES
July 4th 2014


276 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

This album fucking rips. I'm sure this will be on repeat walking around a snowy campus in the dead of winter.
Review sucks though.

akimbo
July 4th 2014


655 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

good album, shit review

F0RBES
July 12th 2014


276 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

more people need to listen to this.

djunior
July 19th 2014


816 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I havent liked any of their previous material much, so I was going into this expecting the same.

It's actually pretty decent.

Digging: Kiasmos - Kiasmos

bakkermaarten007
July 20th 2014


3653 Comments


Good album, good review.

Willie
Moderator
July 21st 2014


16117 Comments


Listening to this for the first time. So far, so good.

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TheSpirit
August 17th 2014


17987 Comments


About to give this a try.... looking forward to it

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ConsumerOfNut
November 3rd 2014


176 Comments


Glad other people are relating this to winter. Put this on today because I had to walk to the farthest building from my dorm on campus and it's fucking miserably freezing out and felt it was the appropriate soundtrack. I like this band. Not fantastic, but really really unhappy and that's cool.



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