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EDITORS’ NOTES

Texas metalcore outfit Memphis May Fire retools its sound on its sophomore album, The Hollow in favor of a sobered tone and a heightened ferocity. The band seems out for blood, directing its volcanic rage both outward and inward. MMF’s sharpened spiritual focus is unmistakable — from “The Sinner” onwards, mankind’s helplessness and need for redemption is a recurring theme here. Alternating screamo and clean vocal passages maintain a sustained tension as volleys of punishing guitar riffs and eruptions of blast beats form a dense mesh of sound. Auto-Tuned singing and programmed drumming add unexpected touches, with “The Burden” sounding like an ambient industrial piece. But those who savor the barely-controlled savagery of prime metalcore will find plenty to like in tracks like “The Deceived,” “The Haunted” and “The Reality.” Kellen McGregor’s hellish snarls combine with Matty Mullins’ soaring testimony give life to the songs’ torment-filled lyrics. Emerging from the betrayal and self-hatred heard on The Hollow is the promise of transcendence.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Texas metalcore outfit Memphis May Fire retools its sound on its sophomore album, The Hollow in favor of a sobered tone and a heightened ferocity. The band seems out for blood, directing its volcanic rage both outward and inward. MMF’s sharpened spiritual focus is unmistakable — from “The Sinner” onwards, mankind’s helplessness and need for redemption is a recurring theme here. Alternating screamo and clean vocal passages maintain a sustained tension as volleys of punishing guitar riffs and eruptions of blast beats form a dense mesh of sound. Auto-Tuned singing and programmed drumming add unexpected touches, with “The Burden” sounding like an ambient industrial piece. But those who savor the barely-controlled savagery of prime metalcore will find plenty to like in tracks like “The Deceived,” “The Haunted” and “The Reality.” Kellen McGregor’s hellish snarls combine with Matty Mullins’ soaring testimony give life to the songs’ torment-filled lyrics. Emerging from the betrayal and self-hatred heard on The Hollow is the promise of transcendence.

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About Memphis May Fire

Memphis May Fire hail from Dallas, Texas, having formed in December 2006 when Chase Ryan (vocals), Kellen McGregor (guitar and vocals), Ryan Bentley (guitar), Austin Radford (bass), and Jeremy Grisham (drums) came together to write songs for an EP. Signed to Trustkill early the following year on the strength of said eponymous EP (later reissued by the label), the group immediately began to work on new material for a long-player while honing their very intricate blend of hardcore, metal, and emo on-stage. In 2009, the band parted ways with Ryan, who was replaced by vocalist Matty Mullins. Later that year, the band made their full-length debut, and first album with Mullins, Sleepwalking. In 2011, the band signed on with Rise Records, where they released their sophomore effort, The Hollow, which saw the band launched to the top of Billboard's U.S. Heatseekers chart. A third album, Challenger, arrived on the Rise label the following year, and featured the hard-charging singles "Prove Me Right" and "Vices." Arriving in 2014, Unconditional debuted at number four on the Billboard 200 and number one on the Billboard Alternative Albums chart, and 2016's This Light I Hold, their fifth studio long-player, featured guest appearances by Papa Roach's Jacoby Shaddix and American Heart's Larry Soliman. ~ Eduardo Rivadavia

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