Memphis May Fire, now ready to release their fifth full length album, are a band that know how to write a cracking metalcore track. A household name? Perhaps, and you can probably guess how this album is going to sound before listening. Predictable, is maybe a little pessimistic to say, but they pretty much have their own sound nailed down.
Opener ‘Out Of It’ starts out just like most Memphis May Fire tracks until it hits the bridge, where an eerie piano melody, reminiscent of one you’d expect to send babies to sleep, flows under the melodic voice Matty Mullins. Not much else of the song stands out on a larger scale. It’s hard to see a massive difference from previous work up to this new album, however ‘Wanting More’ sees Mullins opting to evenly spread his clean vocals amongst the screaming over aggressive instrumentals. If you’re looking for a deeper cut track that rises above the rest, this is probably it.
Jacoby Shaddix (Papa Roach) makes an appearance on title track ‘This Light I Hold’, which is Memphis May Fire’s first collaboration since their tracks with Danny Worsnop (Asking Alexandria) and Kellin Quinn (Sleeping With Sirens) on 2012 album Challenger. Shaddix has the ability to bring a vibrant personality to any track and take it to another level and consequently this track stands out because of his input.
Moving onto the latter part of the album, ‘The Antidote’, on the surface, sounds like a track that could have easily landed on Asking Alexandria’s From Death To Destiny album, when Danny Worsnop didn’t know if he wanted to be a metalcore vocalist or a classic rock singer. That era of Asking Alexandria worked but this falls slightly short. However ‘Live It Well’ ends the album on a high note, starting slowly the track forms into a charming melody that captures the very sincerity behind Mullins’ voice.
Overall this album feels slightly ambiguous, lost in a vast land of similar metalcore bands, Memphis have shown in the past they’re capable of writing some of the best tracks in the genre, but it seems on this album they’re regurgitating the same voice just with different backing track.