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More to Monroe
Release Date: September 18, 2015
Hailing from Fredrik, MD, More to Monroe are making their debut on the legendary Roadrunner Records label. Appalachia is produced by Drew Fulk (Motionless in White, The Amity Affliction) and features six top notch tracks that remind me of the emo meets metalcore movement of a decade ago.
“Jack” opens the album with a slight screamo flair that I wasn’t sure I was gonna enjoy until the chorus rolled around. It’s fast and brutal but when that chorus rolls around the guitars start to groove a bit and I found myself trying to scream along to the stupidest word in the English language (That word being “Appalachia” of course). Kudos to any band that makes me wanna sing that!
The band finally take a breath on “500 Days,” a slower-paced cleanly sung (for the most part) tune that has a heavy bottom end and an airy, emotive top end. This is probably my favorite song on the EP because it reminds me of when bands aspired to be more than one dimensional. “Lucky One” takes on the band’s sludgier indulgences with a slick take on the groundwork bands like Rollins Band and early Clutch laid. And it certainly ain’t half bad! Realistically, this EP just barrels you over in the best possible way with a set of guitar-driven songs that are way more dynamic than their peers musically.
This is what the kids that grew up listening just as much to Thrice and The Receiving End of Sirens as they did Killswitch Engage and Underoath sound like. If you enjoy any of those bands or Between the Buried and Me’s early works and Coheed & Cambria’s last few albums then you owe it to yourself to check out More to Monroe.
Reviewed by Mark 1340