My Fictions

Stranger Songs

Written by: PP on 22/12/2014 22:17:03

If there was one thing to take home from the string of EPs released by My Fictions, it was the tormented, despaired scream of their vocalist that together with miserable guitars created a totally barren and hopeless soundscape definitely not fitting to the optimists out there. For their debut full-length "Stranger Songs", the band continues to source from the same realm of 'wave' style post-hardcore, but this time around add in considerable influence from blackened hardcore, chaotic hardcore, and post-metal as we shall soon see.

While opener Mt. Misery essentially utilizes the same heartbroken dynamic as Touché Amoré have mastered so well for a few albums now, it does so by digging into much heavier material at the same time. The guitars are crushing and uncompromising, further cementing the barren landscape the band have previously created, here drawing parallels to some sludge bands and definitely to post-metal, which is especially apparent on "Postcard". Here, the band bridge together 'wave' style post-hardcore / screamo with the relentless tempo and destructive chaos of Converge records, a feat seen repeated on "Airport Song" as well. The guitars often engage in post-metallic shredded tremolo riffage, but also in wild insanity that truly owes its heart and soul to the Kurt Ballou family of bands on Deathwish Inc.

Occasionally, a breather is offered in the form of spoken-word interludes and samples in the middle, but they are constructed in such a way as to keep the desperation-driven and hopeless feeling surrounding every part of their soundscape. It's an atmosphere that hangs heavily above the listener that screams "no, it's not going to be okay" throughout the 28 minutes that the record lasts. Given the metallic edge to the record compared to their past output, they've thus dropped much of the screamo influence that defined the band in the past, but is it for the better? For one, they've forged a brooding soundscape that's not for the faint hearted, and it's definitely far heavier than their EPs, but it does come at the expense of memorable songs. The monotone chaos is only broken by the tremolo melodies of the guitars as we know them from blackened hardcore that's especially popular here in Denmark, but it's not enough to make the album particularly memorable.

Download: Mt. Misery, Lower (A Selfish Song),
For the fans of: Defeater, Touché Amoré, Converge, Rise And Fall, Hexis
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Release date 01.07.2014
Topshelf Records

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