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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on March 25, 2014
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This beautiful record by one of the elite metalcore bands on the scene not only impresses but proves further that Memphis May Fire has tremendous talent, creative vision, and a unique take on a constantly generic music scene. This record exemplifies their strengths and improves on the weaknesses from their previous records. This record has more of an atmospheric presence with the inclusion of symphonic elements and the increasing use of electronic effects (that don't intrude on the music itself).

Memphis May Fire stays true to its form, great metalcore songs with catchy hooks, heavy breakdowns, and uplifting/powerful lyrics and messages. This record has much more of a religious undertone which is different from previous records which in my opinion, might upset out atheist friends out there. Myself, I'm not religious but I believe in positivity which I think is the most important way to interpret the lyrics on this record. A few songs that have a very strong undertone are "The Rose", "Divinity", and "No Ordinary Love", all of which are great songs.

The musicianship is top notch as it always is. Jake's drums are as potent as ever, lots of double-bass, lots of breakdown beats and drops. Jake has a crafty ability to make every song energetic and exciting which should make every MMF fan very happy. Kellen's lead guitars are strong, the riffs are exciting, some of the breakdown riffs are mind-boggling. The bass adds great effect in many songs adding lots of depth and darkness. Matty's vocals are stronger than ever, his screams are fiercer, his cleans are more distinct, have a greater range and much more exhilarating. The electronics add a lot, I'm not against electronics but I do believe that it often interferes with the actual music. Memphis May Fire makes sure this doesn't happen and they put just enough. On songs like "Speechless" and "Need to Be" which are structured around electronics are actually quite amazing and well established and don't dwell within the electronics.

Overall, the songs are some of the catchiest and hardest hitting songs in their catalogue. They range from "love of god" to "fan appreciation" to "depression/anxiety" and "love for one another". The messages are always positive and uplifting. My personal favorites are "Speechless", "Sleepless Nights", "Beneath the Skin", "Divinity", and "The Rose" but as I said, all the songs are amazing. There are no fillers, it's just constantly good music. I highly recommend this record to metalcore fans and all MMF fans. Enjoy.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on March 26, 2014
Format: Audio CD
When I heard their first single No Ordinary Love at first I was like what the heck (I am like that with any new material form any band it always takes me time for it to grow). But after a few listens I got it, a lot of people say MMF don't take chances and write the same generic material since The Hollow. Me personally I think they are just good song writers and know what they want to play and kids connect with that. This album is not like The Hollow or Challenger, those albums each song to me bled into one an other. This album they do go into new ground and I give them props for going that route and now playing stuff like their old records. I would say buy this album if your a fan and give it a few listens and decide for yourself, and listen to it in your car as well as late at night with headphones where you can really take it in. This record is one of my favorite for the year already and I can not wait to hear what is next.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on April 5, 2014
Format: Audio CD
I listened to this album on Xbox Music the day it was released (not ever hearing MMF) but LOVE every song on the album. I went to Best Buy and picked it up after listening to it all day. Its great to have a metalcore album without having to worry about lyrics being inappropriate (I AM trying to raise a young metalcore fan after all :)). I have now gone back and listened to all of the other MMF albums and love them as well. If you are a fan of metalcore you won't be disappointed.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on March 25, 2014
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I have enjoyed each offering that MMF has given us, and this album is no different. The album definitely has its own unique tone, but its neither too soft or too abrasive for the metal scene. If I had to choose, I would say it is closest to Challenger in sound, but a much stronger album.

I don't expect to ever put this album away. Either one song at a time, or listening beginning to end, this album is a great ride.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on June 6, 2014
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This is such an incredible album. The music is a little calmer, and the insane breakdowns and awesome guitar riffs are still there.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on June 2, 2014
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I loved their last CD, but this CD is that much better. Matty's voice just keeps getting better and the mixing for the CD is just astounding.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on March 26, 2014
Format: Audio CD
This is musically similar to the previous albums. Lyrically, it's not quite as good from a poetic standpoint, but I love the message and it's a great album overall.
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on July 11, 2014
Format: VinylVerified Purchase
Its great!
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on July 5, 2014
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Best album I've heard in a very long time. I can listen to the whole thing in order without skipping a song which is very rare
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on May 28, 2014
Format: VinylVerified Purchase
I forgot I owned this album. I was skeptical when purchasing it because there weren't many good reviews on Amazon, so I looked up Best Buy and the reviews were totally different. So I gave it a shot and I love it.
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