MEM­PHIS MAY FIRE Bro­ken

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RISE

Pro­lific met­al­core crew go back to the draw­ing board, with crayons

Mem­phis May Fire have achieved an im­pres­sive con­sis­tency over 12 years and five al­bums. But the main chal­lenge fac­ing them is how to in­no­vate with­out leav­ing the genre be­hind. 2016’s This Light I Hold rein­tro­duced el­e­ments of South­ern rock swag­ger, but Bro­ken throws its lot in with the cur­rent met­al­core epi­demic of try-hard non­sense. Heavy Is The Weight’s mum­ble-rap break sounds like it was dreamt up by some­one with no un­der­stand­ing of ei­ther metal or hip hop. It’s a shame be­cause at their best, MMP make fun, no-frills poppy met­al­core but there’s a dis­tinct dearth of in­ter­est­ing ideas on dis­play this time around.

FOR FANS OF: Beartooth, Thou­sand Be­low, North­lane

ROB BARBOUR

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