"Sleepwalking" (Trustkill; 2009)

Reviewed by R. Scott Bolton

"Sleepwalking" isn't a bad CD at all. It's well executed, well-produced and the band knows how to write decent songs.

It's just that the CD doesn't have anything unique to set it apart and sounds like a lot of other records out there. You've heard this kind of modern metal all over the place before and, even though Memphis May Fire does it well, it just doesn't have anything here to make it stand out from the rest of the crowd. And it's a big crowd!

Far from intolerable or unlistenable, "Sleepwalking" will definitely appeal to fans of Every Time I Die, Underoath, Silverstein and the like. Anybody looking for something fresh and new won't find it here.

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"Memphis May Fire" (Trustkill; 2008)

Reviewed by Mike SOS

Dallas, TX quintet Memphis May Fire bring a strong metallic edge and dashes of Longhorn attitude to screamo on their eponymous five-track offering. 

Sounding like a cross between Every Time I Die, Underoath, AOR Southern rock and The Used, this unit's crossing of the streams screams copycat, but there's enough good stuff lurking amongst the whiny yowls and the choruses your girlfriend will love here ("Therapy Caravan of the Fair Room") to give this act the benefit of the doubt and some time to shed their clichéd cloak and come into their own. 

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Rating Guide:

A classic. This record will kick your ass.

Killer. Not a classic but it will rock your world.

So-so. You've heard better.

Pretty bad. Might make a nice coaster.

Self explanatory. Just the sight of the cover makes you wanna hurl.


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