When is something too much? Well, in the case of MYCHILDREN MYBRIDE, the second song. In a genre already diluted with drop-D tuning and pounding instruments, there is an absolute need to surpass your predecessors. As far as metal and all its subgenres go, that typically involves full-throttle screaming and growling.
My girlfriend often says, "How can you listen to this crap? It all sounds the same, just fast instruments and screaming." She's right, to a point. The difference, however, is the musicianship and emotion shoved into each drop bass and arpeggio. Prog-heavyweights Between The Buried and Me have come full circle since their first self-titled release, with vocalist Tommy Rogers pushing the limits between clean, Queen-esque screaming and growwwwwwling.
Or, my personal favorites, Protest The Hero. There's a cult following surrounding Fortress (which is a near perfect record), but its follow up, Scurrilous was a necessary change in a different direction. Less screaming, more "wow." More than anything, they grew.
What does all this have to do with MyChildren MyBride? I've been a big fan for a long time and have seen them perform in multiple cities. But what do they extend to their fans this go-around? Nothing new. "Morpheus" crescendos into a breakdown. Matthew Hasting growls a lot.
But the emotion you feel leaving the record? Your initial takeaway from an album you have to believe these guys slaved over? A record that is the next installment in their career? I draw nothing but a blank. It'll sit in my Civic for about a week, then I'll get Childish Gambino withdrawals and revert back to my nasty habits.
If you get past the regurgitation of material, MyChildren MyBride have put out a solid effort. Does it live up to the band's potential? You be the judge.