Memphis May Fire - “This Light I Hold”
Written by: Miguel
Edited by: Lexie
After much anticipation, Memphis May Fire's latest album, “This Light I Hold”, is finally here for us to enjoy. It's been 2 years since we have last gotten an album from the metalcore band, but did they improve compared to their last release?
If you're looking for an album reminiscent to the fan favourites, “Sleepwalking” and “The Hollow”, then you might be disappointed. However, if you are looking for a great metalcore/posthardcore album to listen to, then “This Light I Hold” hits the mark.
The first song of the album, “Out of It”, will be a fan favourite for the older fans of Memphis May Fire because of Matty Mullins’ “in your face” unclean vocals along with the heavy guitar riffs accompanied by the pulsating drum beats, similar the band’s older albums. This song was the perfect start for the album.
If you’re looking for MMF’s softer side, then “That’s Just Life” is right up your alley. Matty’s clean vocals along with the clean guitars, sets a mellow and soothing tone throughout and it’s quite different compared to all the other songs of the album. “Live It Well”, is also another soft song off the album, but it's still much heavier than “That’s just Life”, both in the vocals and the instruments.
All the other songs are pretty much what you expect from a metalcore band like Memphis May Fire, but you can hear a slight change in Matty's voice. His lows are menacing and the guitars in each song all offered something unique.
The overall lyrics feels bland and offers nothing new from what we have come to know about MMF, but it spreads positivity and hope. The lyrics can also be interpreted in multiple ways and can be relatable to many people, so that's something we all can appreciate.
Whether or not fans think Memphis May Fire has changed, you can’t deny that this album is amazing for what it is and it is an improvement over their last album, “Unconditional”. They delivered something slightly different and they succeeded. “This Light I Hold” gets a 8.5 out of 10. Go pick up the album at a music retailer and let us know what you think! If you want to listen to the album before you purchase it, then you can stream it over on Rise Records’ YouTube channel.