Siege Mentality – Dark and light at the intro. Gradual acoustic and piano intro. Drums crash in, followed by vocals. MDM’s characteristic sound is well demonstrated here. Accomplished, easy, confident flow. Some lovely guitar riffs in here. The song carries itself well. All instrumentals and vocals are used and combined to good effect.
Influence and Persuasion – The sound within this track harks back to that on the initial album. MDM have created new twists and turns on their unique sound and styles, which work well.
Reprisal – Slightly samey in feel to the previous track, but with an angrier sound. It does have a more progressive signature and is definitely harder and heavier.
Sentient – Beautiful vocal intro. My favourite so far. Gentler and sung with so much feeling. Accompanied by equally gentle instrumentals. The lyrics are certainly powerful enough to evoke intrigue regarding their origins. The sombre mood has been captured well within the tones and harmonies used. Gradually joined by a heavier guitar and drum section at just the right point. MDM have an intuitive grasp of how to utilise melodies and timing to capture specific moods and emotions. This track shows it the most. It’s therefore, well titled.
Impera -A louder intro, holding a much more outspoken, bold sentiment. Ooh, loving one of the guitar riffs in there, at the mid-section. Just stunning! A nice heavy ending, including a fabulous drum roll.
Nothing Sacred – Imagery well constructed here. Again, the lyrics and sound are well combined to create various shades of emotions, aurally and visually. It embodies light and shade brilliantly. More great riffs that just seep into your veins.
Gravity Breaks – Another perfect depiction of darkness and light, alternating within the music in a way that hits you hard. The sounds within this track are those of a band growing steadily more and more accomplished and creative at every turn.
KYO – Loving some of the melodies here. A heavy feel, with even more determined and strong vocals. Curious title. Short and sweet. It’s safe to say they’ve definitely got the guitar parts down well in these songs!
Suffer Unto Me – Slower intro. Speeds up on vocal accompaniment. Echoes of the self titled album again, with some more new additions and techniques. I’d say there is perhaps more technique than melody in here, but it’s obviously meant to be a different feel and style to the other songs anyway. Technical precision reigns here!
Hollow Shore – A more maudlin essence to this one. Probably a good choice for the closer, especially in terms of its title. Seems to hold a dark message/warning pertaining to world events. Quite political lyrical contents, supported by the sounds, which again, capture the associated moods well. Brilliantly placed piano outro. A difficult track to describe in a musical sense, possibly because of the overtly emphasised lyrically political overtones. It just needs to be heard to gain a better musical grasp of it.
Stand out track – Sentient.
Overall, a good progression for the band, highlighting their musical skill and integrity, whilst sounding a tad repetitive in places. They never lose their passion or effortless musicianship. Always good to hear MDM material.
7/8 stars *******/********
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