Memphis May Fire’s Latest LP Will Leave Audiences Feeling Anything But Misery

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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.

Remade in Misery is available now.  More information on the album is available along with all of the band’s latest news and tour information at:

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Memphis May Fire Announces New Album Details; Debuts Album’s Final Single, Video

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Memphis May Fire announced Thursday, it will release its next album this year.

The band is scheduled to release its new album, Remade in Misery, June 3 through Rise Records. In anticipation of the record’s release, the band premiered what it is saying is the album’s final single, ‘Your Turn,’ and the song’s companion video Friday.

“It’s been such a wild and rewarding ride to release music in such a non-traditional way, especially because even this far along, we’re still so excited about each and every song!,” said front man Matty Mullins.

Mullins said the band will use the new single to continue its philanthropic efforts, donating 100% of proceeds from sales of a t-shirt promoting the single for the nonprofit Food for the Hungry. The Arizona-based nonprofit works to end poverty through disaster relief efforts and advocacy. In the case of the sales from the band’s new t-shirt, sales will help the agency’s Ukraine disaster relief efforts.

The musical arrangement featured in the band’s new single is everything that audiences have come to expect from the group. The melodic metalcore elements and heavier influences are all there balanced expertly into one whole. The whole immediately lends itself to comparison to works from the likes of Wage War.

No information was provided about the song’s lyrical theme in the press release announcing the song and video’s premiere. The lyrics provided with the video make clear that the theme is one of realizing that a person reaps what one sows.

The video for ‘Your Turn’ is the same as so many that the band has released with its singles. It features the band performing its new single in front of a wall of monitors as the song plays over.

The full track listing — along with links to the album’s singles — is noted below.

REMADE IN MISERY TRACK LISTING:
Blood & Water
Bleed Me Dry
 “Somebody
Death Inside
The American Dream
“Your Turn”
Make Believe
“Misery”
Left For Dead
Only Human
“The Fight Within” 

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In other news, Memphis May Fire is on tour with Dance Gavin Dance. A headline tour presented by SiriusXM’s Octane is scheduled to launch June 24 in Charlotte, NC. That live run is scheduled to go through Aug. 3 in Nashville, TN. It features performances in cities, such as Salt Lake City, UT; San Diego, CA and Lubbock, TX.

The band’s current tour schedule is noted in full below.

MEMPHIS MAY FIRE ON TOUR
WITH DANCE GAVIN DANCE, VOLUMES, + MOON TOOTH:

5/6 — Grand Rapids, MI — The Intersection
5/7 — Milwaukee, WI — Eagles Ballroom
5/9 — Rochester, NY — Main Street Armory
5/10 — Albany, NY — Empire Live
5/11 — Hartford, CT — Webster Theater
5/13 — Richmond, VA — The National
5/14 — Raleigh, NC — The Ritz
5/15 — Columbia, SC — The Senate
5/17 — Ponte Vedra, FL — Concert Hall
5/19 — Knoxville, TN — Knoxville Auditorium
5/20 — Birmingham, AL — Sloss Furnace

WITH FROM ASHES TO NEW, RAIN CITY DRIVE, + WOLVES AT THE GATE:
6/24 — Charlotte, NC — The Underground
6/25 — Pittsburgh, PA — Enclave
6/26 — Philadelphia, PA — Union Transfer
6/28 — New York City, NY — Gramercy Theatre
6/29 — Boston, MA — Paradise Rock Club
6/30 — Montreal, QC — Fairmount Theatre
7/2 — Toronto, ON — Velvet Underground
7/3 — Pontiac, MI — Crofoot
7/5 — Columbus, OH — King of Clubs
7/6  — Chicago, IL — Bottom Lounge
7/8 — St Louis, MO — Red Flag
7/9 — Kansas City, MO — Truman
7/11 — Denver, CO — Oriental Theater
7/12 — Grand Junction, CO — Mesa Theater
7/13 — Salt Lake City, UT — Grand at the Complex*
7/15 — Seattle, WA — The Croc*
7/16 — Portland, OR — Bossanova Ballroom*
7/17 — Berkeley, CA — UC Theatre*
7/19 — Ventura, CA — Ventura Music Hall
7/20 — Pomona, CA — Glasshouse
7/22 — San Diego, CA — Soma – Sidestage
7/23 — Las Vegas, NV — 24 Oxford at Virgin
7/24 — Phoenix, AZ — The Crescent Ballroom
7/26 — Lubbock, TX — Jake’s Backroom
7/27 — Austin, TX — Emo’s
7/28 — Houston, TX — Warehouse Live
7/30 — Pensacola, FL — Vinyl Music Hall
7/31 — Orlando, FL — The Beacham
8/2 — Atlanta, GA — Masquerade
8/3 — Nashville, TN — Basement East
*No From Ashes to New

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Memphis May Fire Gets Political In New Single

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Memphis May Fire kicked off the weekend by debuting another new single and its companion video.

The band premiered its new single, ‘The American Dream‘ and its companion video Friday. The band’s sixth single since the debut of its single, ‘Death Inside‘ last July, the song features a musical arrangement that is everything audiences have come to expect from MMF.

The arrangement is a rich, heavy composition. It is comparable to works from the likes of so many metalcore bands with its heavy, melodic approach. There are elements of Ice Nine Kills alongside elements of Wage War, and to a lesser extent, As I Lay Dying exhibited throughout the song.

Front man Matty Mullins talked about the song’s lyrical theme in a prepared statement.

“We are thrilled to be dropping our sixth new single ‘The American Dream,” said Mullins. “This song was fueled by the current state of our country, and the desire to fight for resolution rather than fighting our fellow man. We are donating 100 percent of the proceeds froma new t-shirt that will be coming soon to our merch store to The Veterans Project, whose mission is to capture the legacies of veterans of the American military and tell the stories of all Allied countries and their warrior classes, as well.”

The video for ‘The American Dream’ is very much like most of the band’s videos lately. It featured the band on a soundstage in front of a wall of monitors, performing its new single. Along with ‘Death Inside’ and ‘The American Dream,’ MMF has also released the singles, ‘Left For Dead,‘ ‘Bleed Me Dry,‘ ‘Blood & Water,’ and ‘Somebody.’

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Memphis May Fire Debuts New Single; Launches New Associated Fundraiser

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Memphis May Fire debuted the visualizer for its latest single this week.

The band debuted the video for its new single, ‘Left For Dead‘ Friday. The single is the sixth that the band has released this year behind ‘Bleed Me Dry,‘ ‘Blood & Water,’ ‘Death Inside,’ ‘Bleed Me Dry,’ and ‘Somebody.’

As with the visualizer videos for the band’s existing singles, this song’s visualizer is the same approach. It features the band in front of a wall of monitors as it performs its single.

In related news, Memphis May Fire has launched a new effort to raise money for a women’s counseling nonprofit program. Front man Matty Mullins talked about the effort and how it ties into the song and its lyrical theme.

“It’s definitely not the ‘norm’ to release such a heavy-hearted song this close to Christmas, but the truth is, there are so many people hurting during the holiday season,” said Mullins.  “Pain is an unavoidable part of the human experience and it doesn’t magically disappear at this time of year. I hope that anyone who can relate to ‘Left For Dead’ will feel less alone in their pain, especially during a time when social media makes you feel like you’re the only one struggling. We will be donating 100% of the proceeds from the ‘Left For Dead’ tee in our online merch store to Beneath the Skin, a non profit that provides genuine connection to young women who feel alone through peer-to-peer mentoring.”

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Memphis May Fire Debuts Second ‘Somebody’ Video

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Memphis May Fire debuted a new video for its single, ‘Somebody’ Thursday.

The video is the second for the single so far. The band premiered the song’s first video Oct. 1. The two videos are largely the same, featuring the band performing the single in a set backdrop. The first video featured the band performing the song in front of a wall of monitors while this latest video features the band inside what looks like a vacant warehouse as it performs the song.

Front man Matty Mullins spoke briefly about the new video in a prepared statement, but did not directly identity the reasoning for the similarity in the videos’ presentations.

“The response to our latest single ‘Somebody’ has been unreal, so we decided to shoot a music video for it to tell the story even further,” said Mullins. “We teamed up with director Dustin Haney and we couldn’t be more stoked on how it turned out.”

Most recently, Memphis May Fire debuted the single, ‘Bleed Me Dry‘ and its companion video. Prior to their debut, the band debuted the video for another then new single, ‘Blood & Water.’

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Memphis May Fire Debuts ‘Somebody’ Video

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Memphis May Fire opened the weekend with another new single and video.

The band premiered the video for its new single, ‘Somebody’ Friday. The premiere comes more than a month after the band premiered its then latest single, ‘Bleed Me Dry‘ and its companion video.

The band roared back in June with the video for its single, ‘Blood & Water.’ The song was the band’s first new music since the release of its 2019 album, Broken. That album produced the singles ‘The Old Me,’ ‘Heavy is the Weight (ft. Andy Mineo)‘ and ‘You and Me.’

Memphis May Fire followed up the debut of the video for ‘Blood & Water’ with the premiere of  its new single, ‘Death Inside‘ and its video in July.

The video for ‘Somebody’ is simple. Like so many of the band’s recent video presentations, it features the band performing its new single in front of a wall of monitors.

The musical arrangement featured in the new single is the most radio friendly song released so far this year. Instead of presenting more of the intensity exhibited in the instrumentation and vocals in the band’s recently released singles, the band opted this time for a more melodic emocore type sound and stylistic approach.

Front man Matty Mullins discussed the arrangement in a prepared statement.

“We’re always wanting to push the boundaries of what people think MMF is and ‘Somebody’ is no exception to that,” saidMullins. “From the second we finished the song, it became an all-time favorite for everyone in our camp. So it’s been REALLY hard to keep it a secret until now.”

Additionally, Mullins addressed the song’s lyrical theme in that statement.

“The lyrical content is blatantly about substance abuse and addiction so we wanted to use this release to put a spotlight on a non-profit that does incredible addiction recovery work here in Nashville. We will be donating 100% of the proceeds of the ‘Hands’ tee in our online merch store to The Nashville Rescue Mission.” The NRM gives hope for today, hope for tomorrow, and hope for eternity to the hungry, homeless, and hurting by providing meals, safe shelter, and clothing, as well as support and long-term assistance for those struggling with homelessness, drug or alcohol addiction, or any number of other life-altering challenges.

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Memphis May Fire Debuts New Single, Video; Announces New Live Dates

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Memphis May Fire premiered its latest single and video this week.

The band premiered its new single, ‘Bleed Me Dry‘ and its companion video Thursday. The song is the band’s third in a little more than two months.

The band roared back in June with the video for its single, ‘Blood & Water.’ The song was the band’s first new music since the release of its 2019 album, Broken. That album produced the singles ‘The Old Me,’ ‘Heavy is the Weight (ft. Andy Mineo)‘ and ‘You and Me.’

Memphis May Fire followed up the debut of the video for ‘Blood & Water’ with the premiere of  its new single, ‘Death Inside‘ and its video last month.

The musical arrangement featured in ‘Bleed Me Dry’ is a driving hard rock composition. Its choruses lend themselves to comparison to works from Linkin Park, what with the pairing of front man Matty Mullins’ vocal delivery style and sound, and the song’s instrumentation style and sound. The verses meanwhile exhibit an almost industrial influence with the use of the guitars and keyboards. At the same time, Mullins’ vocals are just as comparable here to those of the late, great Chester Bennington. The whole makes this song just as unlike ‘Death Inside’ and ‘Blood & Water’ as they are from one another.

The lyrical theme featured in ‘Bleed Me Dry’ delivers a message of determination according to Mullins.

“Our third single of the year, ‘Bleed Me Dry,’ is my favorite yet,” he said. “It’s an anthem for anyone feeling beaten down by the negative voices around them.”

The video for ‘Bleed Me Dry’ is a simple presentation. It features the band performing its new single on a darkened sound stage as the song plays over. A wall of monitors stands behind the band as it performs.

In other news, Memphis May Fire has announced a new, brief live run. The tour is scheduled to launch Sept. 11 in Gilford, NH and to run through Sept. 22 in Huntington, WV. The tour’s schedule is noted below. Breaking Benjamin and Papa Roach are scheduled to join the band for the tour.

MEMPHIS MAY FIRE TOUR DATES:
WITH BREAKING BENJAMIN + PAPA ROACH

9/11 — Gilford, NH — Bank of New Hampshire Pavillion
9/12 — Montclair, NJ — The Wellmont Theater
9/14 — Columbus, OH — Express Live!
9/15 — Toledo, OH — Huntington Center
9/17 — Uncasville, CT — Mohegan Sun Arena
9/18 — Scranton, PA — The Pavillion at Montage Mountain
9/21 — Youngstown, OH — Covelli Centre
9/22 — Hutnington, WV — Mountain Health Arena

On yet another note, Mullins recently commented on one of many charity works that it is conducting. The work in question is raising money for the nonprofit organization Heart Support, which helps people who battle a variety of mental health concerns.

“We’re so excited to announce that we will be donating 100% of the proceeds from the ‘In Your Eyes’ tee in our online merch store to one of our favorite non-profits — Heart Support!,” he said. “Every year, Heart Support helps men and women brave their wounds, find purpose, and discover healing. I am so stoked for everyone to hear this song and get involved with a great cause!”

MMF’s charity work with Heart Support is, as noted, just some of the charity work that it is doing. The band is also working with the nonprofit, Living The Dream, raising money for that agency also through sales of its apparel.

The band has also partnered with the domestic violence firm, Bridges DVC Nashville to launch two new merchandise designs. One hundred percent of the sales from the designs will go to benefit the center, which serves men, women, and children affected by domestic violence in the greater Nashville, TN region.

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Memphis May Fire Premieres New Single’s Video; Works With DV Center To Launch New Merch Line

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Memphis May Fire Debuted the video for its latest single this week.

The band premiere the video for its single, ‘Blood & Water’ Thursday through Rise Records. The song and its video are the first from the band since the release of its album Broken in 2019. That album produced the singles ‘The Old Me,’ ‘Heavy is the Weight (ft. Andy Mineo)‘ and ‘You and Me.’

Front man Matty Mullins talked about the debut of the band’s new song and its video in a prepared statement.

“With everything that’s happened over the last year, it feels surreal to be releasing new music,” said Mullins.  “Creating during a pandemic came with a lot of challenges, but looking back, I think we needed that time off the road to fall in love with writing songs again. ‘Blood & Water’ is just a taste of what’s to come and we couldn’t be more excited for the world to finally hear it.”

The video for Memphis May Fire’s new single features the band performing its new single in a darkened studio setting that is illuminated only by a wall of TV monitors. It is preceded by a warning that the video has the potential to cause epileptic seizures.

The musical arrangement featured in the single is everything that audiences have come to expect from Memphis May Fire. That is exhibited through the balance of the heavier and more melodic elements. The addition of the keyboards and electronics to the mixx gives the song even more impact.

No information was provided about the song’s lyrical theme in the news release announcing the video and song’s debut. A close listen though, reveals that the song seems to focus on someone who is addressing another person who is addressing a mentally and verbally abusive family member, and telling that person he/she is done with that negative influence.. That is especially hinted as Mullins screams in the chorus, “Blood is not thicker than water.”

Speaking of abuse, Memphis May Fire has partnered with the Bridges DVC Nashville to launch two new merchandise designs. One hundred percent of the sales from the designs will go to benefit the center, which serves men, women, and children affected by domestic violence in the greater Nashville, TN region.

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Sevendust Drummer’s New EP Shows More Control Than Chaos

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Sevendust’s members have been busy this  year maintaining the band’s long-held title of the hardest working band in rock.  Guitarist Clint Lowery released two new solo recordings this year – an album, God Bless The Renegades and an EP, Grief & Distance –and the band as a whole has released a new album, Blood & Stone.  Drummer Morgan Rose added to the band’s new releases Friday with his latest studio recording, his new EP Controlled Chaos.  The six-song record is another positive presentation from Rose, who in fact enlisted his Sevendust band mate Lowery to handle guitars for the EP (again cementing the noted reputation even more for the band).  That is proven in part through the record’s musical arrangements.  They will be discussed shortly. Its lyrical content plays as much into its presentation as its musical content.  This aspect will be addressed a little later.  The record’s production rounds out its most important elements.  Each item noted here is important in its own way to the whole of this new offering from two-fifths of Sevendust.  All things considered, the EP proves itself an offering that every Sevendust fan will enjoy.

Sevendust drummer Morgan Rose’s new EP Controlled Chaos is a work that will appeal to every Sevendust fan.  That is proven in part through the record’s musical content.  While the title of Rose’s new record is Controlled Chaos, there is no sense of chaos by any means throughout the record’s musical arrangements.  Though there is a lot of control.  The information provided about Rose’s new EP states that the record took six days to track.  That in itself could be considered chaotic, being such a short time frame.  Even being such short time frame, the result really was so controlled, precise and powerful in its musical presentation.  So to that end, the EP’s title does fit at least to a point.  Audiences will easily recognize the influence of Rose’s primary gig throughout the record in the powerful melodic hard rock style approach to most of the songs.  The most surprising of the record’s arrangements comes in its closer, ‘Exhale.’  This arrangement does take its own influence from Rose’s time with Sevendust, but is just so powerful in its simplicity.  It is just Rose on vocals along with a piano.  It is a powerful exhibition of Rose’s vocal talent as it shows that ability to really move listeners with his voice alone.  The addition of the other elements, which will be discussed at more length in the examination of the EP’s production, adds even more impact to the minimalist composition.  Between that, the Sevendust influence that is evident in the record’s opener and the rest of the album, and the growth that Rose and company show alongside that influence, the record’s musical content in whole forms a solid foundation for Controlled Chaos.  The lyrical content that accompanies that musical content builds strongly on the record’s presentation.

The lyrical content featured in the record’s lead single is proof of the importance of the EP’s lyrical content.  The song’s lyrical content focuses n “a narcissist,” according to comments from Rose in information provided about the EP.  That is pointed out right from the song’s outset, in which rose sings, “Seething under my skin/Protecting all that I am/Anticipating for the last time/You can be/broken/All that you want/’Cause I won’t give anymore.”  Right from this listeners can infer that the speaker is someone who is very angry in dealing with thoughts and emotions brought about by that person.  The song’s chorus adds to the statement, as Rose sings, “Wish you feel alive inside/But nothing can change your mind/Erase the shadow left/behind/Stop and realize/I’m not the answer.”  When he says, “Stop and realize/I’m not the answer,” that leaves zero doubt as to the noted statement.  This is a matter that has led the main subject to reach a near breaking point.  When all of this is considered with the song’s deeply emotional musical content, the whole of the song gains such impact.  It is just one example of what makes the album’s lyrical content important.  The lyrical content featured in ‘Exhale’ does its own share to prove that importance.

‘Exhale’ is so powerful, lyrically, because it comes across as someone who is letting out so much inner pain.  Rose pointed out in an interview that the song’s lyrical content is biographical about himself.  He noted, I wanted to semi-document how I felt being in a bad place and getting to a good place.”  The larger story that he told had to do with himself going through a lot of personal adversity and coming out better in the end.  This can be inferred even without a lyrics sheet to reference.  What is so interesting here is the reserved nature in the wording of the lyrics.  He sings in part in the song’s lead verse, “Holy angel/Forgive what I’ve become/Became the man who is here/Now the urge controlling my every thought/It’s telling me, “disappear”/All this…has me crippled to my knees…/The worst is done/Now that I believe/I’ll fade into the water/Where I can finally breathe/Where I can finally breathe.”  This is all important to address because Rose noted in his interview, that ““I’ve had semi-documented issues with my own problems. I think a lot of us wonder, ‘How many people will show up at my funeral?’ I was in a pretty good place before I got sick and ended up in the hospital last year, and I was in a great place after getting better. I was able to look and see what the reaction would be if something catastrophic happened to me. I was blown away. I had gotten myself together and made it through a tough time. I was able to see how much everyone around me really cared. It was humbling.”  His statement in this verse about things being better, and being able to breathe” is that recovery and seeing how many people care.  It all comes across as perhaps Rose talking about dealing with depression.  He adds, “the worst is done…” showing even more the story.  This adds even more depth to the song’s lyrical content, and in turn, the impact of the song in whole when the song’s musical content is considered along with this content.  It is just one more way in which the EP’s lyrical content is proven so important.  The lyrical content featured in ‘Clarity’ is one more example of the importance of the EP’s lyrical content.

Rose said of the lyrical content featured in ‘Clarity,’ “It’s the feeling of washing away the day, so you can start fresh tomorrow.  I’m getting rid of the turmoil, stopping my mind, and finding a way to restart.”  Everyone has been at that point in life at least once if not more, where they have had to take a step back and put everything into perspective, which is what Rose seems to be talking about here.  He delivers the message here as he sings in part in the song’s chorus, asking “what’s the meaning of it all…” and that we need to “Turn the page and look inside/To find the reason you’re inside your own world.”  That couple of line is self explanatory, considering Rose’s statement as to the meaning in the song’s lyrics.  Again, it serves to help make the song that much more accessible for audiences.  As a result, it becomes another clear example of what makes the EP’s lyrical content so important to the record’s bigger picture.  When the lyrical and musical aspects of the EP are paired, they make for a presentation that ensures audiences’ engagement and entertainment.  They are just one portion of what makes the record appealing.  Its production rounds out its most important elements.

The production that went into the creation of Controlled Chaos is key in its own way to this record’s presentation.  The production of ‘Exhale,’ as noted earlier, is one clear example of that aspect’s importance.  The mostly minimalist approach to the song, what with Rose singing against a piano is so moving.  The airy, ethereal echo effect that was used in each element makes that simplicity work so well.  The result is that the song sounds so rich and full, even in its simplicity.  The layering of Rose’s vocals and the addition of the extra sound effects enriches the song even more.  It adds to the contemplative nature of the song, in turn, adding even more to the song’s impact.  The balance of the instrumentation and vocals in ‘Faster Man’ ensures here, that every element shines in its own right, ensuring that song’s impact, too.  Much the same can be said of each line within the whole of ‘Come Alive.’  Rose’s screams and his “spoken” lines are so powerful in their own way here while Lowery’s guitar and Jason Christopher’s (Prong, Corey Taylor) bass line flesh out the song so fully.  Taking all of this into account along with the production that went into each of the EP’s other songs, the end result is a presentation that works just as well for its overall sound as for its content.  All things considered, the record proves itself a work that, again, will appeal to every Sevendust fan.

Morgan Rose’s debut EP Controlled Chaos is an impressive offering from the longtime Sevendust drummer.  That is proven in part through the record’s musical arrangements.  The arrangements featured in this record clearly exhibit influences from Rose’s long-running career with his primary band as well as his own influences.  The lyrical content that accompanies the record’s musical content adds its own appeal to the presentation.  That is due to the fact that it is just as accessible as the record’s musical arrangements.  The record’s production rounds out its most important elements.  That is because it is responsible for the record’s content sounding so good.  Each item noted here is important in its own way to the whole of the record.  All things considered, the EP proves to be a record that will appeal to every Sevendust fan.  Controlled Chaos is available now.  More information on the EP is available along with all of Morgan Rose’s latest news at:

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‘Blood & Stone’ Proves Once Again Why Sevendust Is One Of Hard Rock, Metal’s Elite Acts

Courtesy: Rise Records

Veteran hard rock band Sevendust has, for more than 25 years, remained one of the most respected names in the hard rock and metal community.  That is due to the top notch music that the band has crafted in each of its 12 current albums.  That reputation is sure to continue growing with the forthcoming release of the band’s 13th album Blood & Stone Friday.  The 13-song record is one of the band’s best works to date.  That is proven right from the record’s outset in the form of ‘Dying To Live.’  This song will be discussed shortly.  ‘Against The World,’ which comes later in the album’s 49-minute run time, is another example of what makes the album stand so strongly.  It will be addressed a little later.  ‘Nothing Left To See Here Anymore’ is yet another interesting addition to Sevendust’s new album.  It will also be addressed later.  Between these three songs and the rest of the record’s entries, the album in whole continues to cement Sevendust’s place as one of the elite acts in the hard rock and metal community.

Sevendust’s latest album Blood & Stone is another unquestionable success from the band.  Its musical and lyrical content alike certifies that statement, beginning with the album’s opener, ‘Dying To Live.’  The song wastes no time launching into its full-on aural attack with its pummeling guitars, drums and bass.  The song’s energy never lets up once from beginning to the end of the three-minute-plus opus.  The intensity that runs throughout the song takes the best elements of so many of the band’s existing works and uses them for this unique.  Even as the song reaches its bridge and suddenly becomes subdued, there is still a certain heaviness in that moment that will keep listeners engaged.  By the song’s end, audiences know that they have experienced something powerful and memorable as one of Sevendust’s best songs in what is already a crowded field of notable works.  It is just one part of what makes the song stand out, of course.  The lyrical content that accompanies the song’s arrangement adds even more depth to the work.

The lyrical theme of ‘Dying To Live’ is important because of the message that it seems to hint at.  The message in question comes across as a commentary about paying attention to the bigger picture of the world rather than ourselves.  That is inferred right from the song’s lead verse and chorus, which finds front man Lajon Witherspoon singing, “We’re cold/Immune to the abuse/Whatever price you pay/They take away/The only thing that matters now/Every little thing we want/Rips out a piece of us/With all that we give/Why am I dying to live/With all that we have to face/Keep dying to live.”  That note of being “immune to the abuse” and “whatever price you pay/They take away? Hints at the fact that we as a society have become so desensitized to everything.  The note of “whatever price you pay/They take away” is metaphorical language that seems to speak to we as a society losing just as much as we gain because we have become so desensitized.  The song’s second verse infers the noted central message even more as Witherspoon sings, “Why do we believe/This time around/We found our soul/Better make your peace with death/And take what’s left/I’ll see you on the other side/I know.”  This seems to infer that we need to get our heads on straight and focus on what’s really important because this is the only life that we have.  We need to get our priorities right.  This is all just this critic’s own interpretation, of course and should not be taken as the only interpretation.  Regardless, the song’s lyrics are heavy.  That goes without saying.  When they are coupled with the equally heavy, infectious musical arrangement featured in this song, the two sides make for one whole that is a strong start for the band’s new album and an equally strong exemplary of what makes the album such a powerful new offering from Sevendust.  It is just one of the album’s most notable works.  ‘Against The World’ is another notable addition to Blood & Stone.

‘Against The World’ stands out almost instantly as it opens with the eerie, brooding keyboard line that opens the song’s arrangement.  The ethereal sense that the keyboard line creates lends itself to comparisons to works from Nine Inch Nails.  When it is coupled with the blistering guitar riffs in the chorus sections, that pairing makes the arrangement in whole even more unique.  The juxtaposition of that element and the band’s more trademark melodic hard rock approach that makes up the rest of the arrangement, the song in whole becomes another work that is certain to engage and entertain listeners.  As with ‘Dying To Live’ and the rest of the album’s songs, the composition’s musical arrangement is just one part of what makes it stand out.  Its lyrical accompaniment adds its own share of interest to the presentation here.

Witherspoon sings in the song’s lead verse, “Is there something you want to say/Get it out…Don’t hold on/If it burns you up…”  Much of the song’s lyrical content is difficult to decipher from here.  Though the mention of “it’s you and I/Against the world/I’m not gonna let you down…Still there’s something left to burn” would hint at this song delivering a message of someone being there for another despite certain factors coming into play.  Witherspoon even sings in the song that “You and I will find a way.”  In other words, (again going without a lyrics sheet to reference) this song would seem to be lyrically, a statement about focusing the anger and frustrations brought on by the world together.  If in fact that is the case, then the way in which the band approached that topic is unique here both lyrically and musically, and will certainly connect with listeners.  To that end, it proves itself yet another strong point in this record and another example of what makes the album so strong, too.  It is hardly the last of the album’s most notable songs, too.  ‘Nothing Left to See Here Anymore’ is the most unique addition to the album of all.

‘Nothing Left to See Here Anymore’ stands out in its musical arrangement as it takes the band’s more melodic side, but also presents a little bit of a bluesy influence, believe it or not.  While it boasts its own heaviness, it also presents a distinct mainstream sensibility that would make it a good fit for any active rock radio programmer’s play list.  It has that kind of sound and stylistic approach.  It’s heavy, but more in the noted corporate rock sound that is quite unlike most of anything that the band has ever produced.  The lyrical content that accompanies the song’s unique musical composition ads even more interest to its presentation. 

Witherspoon sings in the song’s lead verse, “Slapped my face again/So I can feel the one/Before this began…Time to tear down the walls/And start it again/You’re reaching out/I’m pulling back again/You’re reaching out/I’m pulling back again/There’s nothing left to see here anymore/I thought you’d never put me through this again/But the truth is/It’s always the same…So tear down the walls/And start over again.”  He continues in the song’s next verse, “How long/’Til this will end…”  Again, not all of the lyrics are able to be deciphered here without a lyrics sheet to reference.  However, what can be inferred from what is able to be understood, this song comes across as centering on the all too familiar topic of a broken relationship.  Whether it is just a personal, plutonic relationship with someone or a romantic relationship is left to interpretation.  That aside, the way in which the song approaches the topic manages to give it a unique presentation.  When this is considered along with the song’s even more unique musical arrangement, the whole makes the song in whole that much more of a notable addition to Sevendust’s new album.  When the song in whole is considered along with the other songs examined here and the rest of the album’s entries, the record in whole leaves no doubt as to its appeal.  All things considered, this record is another fully successful effort from one of the best bands in the hard rock and metal community.

Sevendust has, for more than 25 years, proven itself and then some as one of the elite acts in the hard rock and metal community thanks to its albums, its live shows and connection to its fans.  The band’s forthcoming 13th album Blood & Stone only serves to cement that reputation even more.  It takes the best elements of the band’s existing albums and builds on them to make yet another work that is solid from start to end.  All three of the songs examined here serve to support the noted statements.  When they are considered along with the rest of the record’s entries, that whole makes Blood & Stone one more of this year’s definite top new hard rock and metal albums, and Sevendust still one of the elite acts in the hard rock and metal community.  More information on Sevendust’s new album is available along with all of the band’s latest news at:

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