Metalcore band Memphis May Fire has been in the headlines quite a bit in recent months. From last June to this week, the band has released a total of five singles from its brand-new album, Remade in Misery, which the band released Friday through Rise Records. The songs, compose almost half of the record’s 11-song body. Now with the record’s release Friday, the band also has a tour planned to start in support of the album June 24 in Charlotte, NC. So it goes without saying that this album, the band’s first in more than three years, has been, is getting, and is sure to get plenty more attention as 2022 progresses. The album is a strong return for the band in part because of its musical content, which will be discussed shortly. The record’s lyrical content is just as notable as its musical arrangements and will be examined a little later. The record’s production rounds out its most important elements and will also be discussed later. Each item noted here is important in its own way to the whole of the album. All things considered they make the album a moving, powerful new offering from Memphis May Fire that will leave audiences feeling anything but misery.
Remade In Misery, the latest new offering from Memphis May Fire, is a strong new offering from the veteran metalcore band. Coming more than three years after its then most recent album, Broken, the record succeeds in part through its featured musical arrangements. The arrangements stand out because of their intensity and subtle variances from one to the next. Right from the record’s outset, ‘Blood and Water,’ audiences get a full-on powerhouse of a composition as the band launches right into things. The electronics used alongside the guitars and front man Matty Mullins’ vocals make the song its own unique work. The contrast of that heaviness with the song’s more melodic choruses adds even more to the engagement and entertainment ensured here. By contrast, a song, such as ‘The American Dream’ switches things up, using the verses to present a more melodic approach while the choruses are the heavier side here. What’s more, the general approach overall to the sound leans in a slightly more emo direction, believe it or not. Though, the song’s breakdown is more of a heavy, industrial vibe. So simply put, what audiences have here is a composition that again, presents that subtle variance that keeps things interesting. As if that is not enough, the band does get contemplative in the record at least once in ‘The Fight Within,’ the album’s finale. The almost ethereal approach that the band took to the composition here does so well to help illustrate the mood in the song’s lyrical side, which reminds audiences that as bad as things can get, things do get better. The melancholy mood set here does so well to help translate the message and feeling in those lyrics. When this is considered along with the other arrangements examined here and with the rest of the album’s arrangements, the whole makes clear the importance of the album’s musical content. It creates a strong foundation for the album’s presentation. Resting on that foundation is the noted lyrical content.
The lyrical content featured throughout the album is important to the record’s presentation because it fits well with the album’s title in each song. The very title, Remade in Misery hints at bad experiences forming a new person. Each song presents a message of having learned from situations of misery and having come out stronger on the other side. Listeners get that message early on in the record’s outset as Mullins sings/screams, “All the years spent with a vermin/Left me soul sick/I learned that trust is rarely worth it/You can’t believe what you hear from the mouth of a serpent/What’s dead is dead.” This is a clear statement about leaving the dead buried so to speak. In other words it is a message about learning from the past and letting the past be just that. This is made even clearer as he screams, “Now I’m not afraid to admit to admit that there’s nothing left/I know you’ll try to manipulate me again/But I’ve come to grips with the fact that what’s dead is dead.”
‘Your Turn,’ which comes much later in the record, is another example of how the record’s lyrical content plays so well into the album’s title. In the case of this song, Mullins reminds another person that “What goes around comes around/That’s how the world turns/You’ll get what’s coming to you/Then maybe you’ll learn/The price that you pay/For being two-faced/Is sleeping in the bed that you made/What goes around comes around/And now it’s your turn.” There is also a mention in the song’s final line in which Mullins screams, “Feel the judgement that you passed/The loved ones put last/You can’t hide two faces behind a mask/Now they can see behind your mask.” This is again, someone who has been through misery with someone else and in experiencing that misery has been remade and made stronger because of it. It is another example of the importance of the album’s lyrical theme and certainly not the last. ‘Only Human,’ the album’s penultimate entry, is yet another strong example of the importance of the album’s lyrical content.
‘Only Human’ is a rap-rock style composition that conjures thoughts of Bloodywood. The lyrical content here addresses those narcissistic individuals that everyone knows. It opens with Mullins stating, “Here you go lying again/Thinking you’re perfect/That you’re holier than thou again/Like you don’t make mistakes/But aren’t we just human?/You see my halo?/Nah/’Cause I’m just like you, man/I’m just like you, man/I talk my talk/I walk my walk/And I could fall/But I stand tall/I could be knocked down, come back and burn them all/What you think?/I’m supposed to fit this perfect reality?/Of this picture that you made up in your mind about me?/I’m not perfect like you/So if you think that you could do better/Why don’t you?/Look in the mirror if you’ve got something to prove.” This forceful opening verse is that strength made from misery. Everyone, again, knows one of those narcissistic personalities if not multiple. Everyone has wanted to say exactly what Mullins says to those people here, too. To that end, it is content that is just as certain to resonate with audiences as any of the album’s other lyrical content. The song continues just as strongly as the song progresses, with Mullins stating, “I know you wish that I was different/I’ll never fit inside the mold that you created/You’ll never know what I’ve been up against/I’m not another one of your fabrications/Your innocence is ignorance/We’re all the same/But you blame like you’re sacred/I know you wish that I was different/But I’m only human.” Once again, this is someone who has been remade through misery in another situation. This is that person standing up to that narcissist, pointing the finger back, telling that person what for. It is yet another story that fits perfectly with the album’s title and proves the importance of the record’s lyrical content. When this content is considered with the lyrical items examined here and with the rest of the album’s lyrical content, the whole leaves zero doubt as to the importance of the album’s overarching lyrical theme of personal strength through so much emotional and mental pain. When it is considered along with the album’s musical content, the two sides collectively show even more why Remade in Misery is such a strong return for Memphis May Fire. Those items are not the last of the record’s most important elements, either. The record’s production rounds out its most important elements.
The production that went into Remade in Misery is important to its presentation because of the fiery energy exhibited throughout the whole. From one song to the next, each composition is so upbeat and so full of energy through its respective instrumentation and vocals. The attention paid to each aspect of each arrangement – the guitars, bass, drums, and vocals – results in each being surprisingly well-balanced in each song. It would have been easy to let the arrangements get muddied in themselves because so much is going on, but thankfully for audiences and the band alike that did not happen. Rather, everything worked so well together throughout the album. The result of that work is a general effect that will keep audiences just as engaged and entertained as the album’s overall musical and lyrical content. When that content is considered along with the production, the whole leaves Remade in Misery all the more hard hitting and worth hearing. To that end, the album overall proves itself yet another successful offering from Memphis May Fire that metalcore fans and the band’s established audiences alike will appreciate.
Remade in Misery, the brand-new album from Memphis May Fire, is a powerful new offering from the veteran metalcore band. Its success comes in part through its featured musical arrangements. The arrangements each present a moving metalcore opus. The thing is that within each arrangement, each has a subtle variance from the next, ensuring audiences’ engagement and entertainment in itself. The record’s lyrical themes are slightly less varying, though that is not a bad thing. They all touch on – as the album’s title infers – going through misery and coming out better on the other side; being remade and stronger. From dealing with family and people that we might think are friends but are anything but, to dealing with narcissists and others, the lyrical content is sure to empower plenty of audiences. The record’s production puts the finishing touch to the presentation. It does this by ensuring each arrangement is expertly balanced and succeeds well in the process. Each item examined here is important in its own way to the whole of the album’s presentation. All things considered, they make the album one more of the best of this year’s new hard rock and metal albums so far.
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