Like Moths to Flames
The Dying Things We Live For


3.0
good

Review

by ParkersCannon USER (13 Reviews)
January 23rd, 2016 | 21 replies


Release Date: 2015 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Like a moth to a flame; same old, same old, nothing new.

In terms of composition, Like Moths to Flames are a solid enough metalcore group. The only problem is each track milks the same formula over and over again. Angry lyrics, building up to a breakdown, lead vocalist Chris Roetter says "blehh", and the process repeats itself. This has been the blueprint for not only their first two full-length Rise Record outings, but as well as their third and latest release, The Dying Things We Live For.

It's not that any of the songs are bad, or even boring. The songs are just fine. I'm just disappointed that we're not seeing anything new from this group. Albeit, there is a saying "if it isn't broke, don't fix it." But at the same time, it'd be nice to see a few tracks come out of left field and encompass an element of surprise or excitement. Opening tracks "No King" and "Thrown to the Wind" do have some catchy choruses, but catchy choruses are a staple of metalcore. In this band's defense, it might work to their advantage to scream verses and sing choruses, and they craft this back and forth cycle rather well. The only problem is that while this group knows what record they want to make, the repetition feels so superfluous, it flirts with riding on the horns of filler, as if some tracks are there just for the sake of being so.

"Fighting Fire with Fire" will show the listener that Roetter can command the bulk of the lyrics that are put in front of him. He's a solid vocalist. "The Give and Take" incorporates a few more catchy riffs that are absent from other tracks, though it is through and through with reminding the listener that he or she is in the midst of blinded by fury metalcore that is certain to leave the listener with the urge to punch a wall. "Wasted Days" is a decent enough track. Just a few sloppy riffs throw in there for what I'm sure is good measure.

"History Repeats" is titled so amusingly, at least from my perspective. Don't those two words summarize not only this album, but this group's whole catalog of work? Again, their aforementioned talent that they admittedly have as musicians is not a question; the only question is that there isn't anything new, nor is there a want for things to change. If the group is looking for a few more million hits on YouTube, and a couple more Warped Tour stints, they're certain to attain that.

Far and away, Like Moths to Flames are a solid act. Fans of the genre will be fans of this group, drawn like a moth to a flame. Though, the listener(s) will soon find Like Moths to Flames present a body of work that is analogous to the moth-to-flame sentiment; after a while, you just know what to expect, and once you become accustomed to it, you slowly lose the urge to pursue it further, per fear that you will be disappointed...again.



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Gameofmetal
Emeritus
January 23rd 2016


11612 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

hard to think of a more generic band



their last album wasn't that bad actually, probs the best they've done

Sinternet
Contributing Reviewer
January 23rd 2016


26621 Comments


band is lol

Ebola
January 24th 2016


4537 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

Good review, pos.

I agree with a lot of what you said, but I find this far too generic and repetitive to warrant a positive rating.

"hard to think of a more generic band"

[2]

LoLifant
February 14th 2016


1573 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

genericore

Spec
January 2nd 2017


39661 Comments


That ep is kinda cool.

DreamAgain
October 13th 2017


2470 Comments


Never cared too much for this band but all three songs so far off their new album are pretty damn good imo.

heck
October 17th 2019


7148 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

never listened to these fellas before I saw them live but they put on a great show and seemed like great dudes when I met em

DreamAgain
August 14th 2020


2470 Comments


New single is HYPE

SaveBandit
August 14th 2020


3302 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Slaps for sure

DreamAgain
September 11th 2020


2470 Comments


Okay now I'm hyped. Latest single really does go hard

SaveBandit
September 11th 2020


3302 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Yeah I dig it. They're not revolutionary but they're pretty fun to put on when you just want some mindless pissed off stuff. Chris has just been angry as fuck for like 10 years lol

DreamAgain
October 9th 2020


2470 Comments


I think we are the only two fans on here lol but damn this shaping up to be their best album. Every single keeps getting better, their songwriting has improved significantly. No one gonna mistake them for invent animate or something but nice to see them actually write some decent riffs.

SaveBandit
November 5th 2020


3302 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Sucks the new one won't get a review lol. It's pretty rad. You still diggin it Dream? What's your favorite song on there?

DreamAgain
November 5th 2020


2470 Comments


Yea I think it's great I tend to wear albums out pretty quickly listenin to it 20 times straight in a week. The first track and the last track are my faves I think.

SaveBandit
November 6th 2020


3302 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

That's nuts. I tend to listen a few times then take a break for a day or two. There aren't really any tracks that I dislike on there, but I think I like God Complex, Killing What's Underneath and Demon of My Own the best so far.

DreamAgain
November 6th 2020


2470 Comments


Yea I'm not sure why this will go so ignored around here when so much crappier core stuff gets attention. Everyone on KL was whining about the vocals in the mix. They sound perfectly fine to me.

Band is underrated, everything they have released since Bury Your Pain has been solid to great.

DreamAgain
November 10th 2020


2470 Comments


Yo @savebandit check out latest kingdom of giants album. Pretty sure you'll dig it

SaveBandit
November 13th 2020


3302 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Yo dude, sorry I forgot to reply here. Yeah I've heard it through once and wasn't sold on it. Nothing really caught my ear. I'm going to check it out again at some point, just haven't been in the mood for new heavy music lately.

DreamAgain
May 1st 2021


2470 Comments


These new singles slap like hell damn

DreamAgain
October 6th 2021


2470 Comments


The lone fanboy =(



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