Review by Woody
I’ve enjoyed most of The Murder of my Sweet’s previous albums and their latest album Echoes of the Aftermath is no exception, it doesn’t disappoint and is definitely one of their best! I’m a totally devoted fan boy of vocalist Angelica Rylin whom I could wax lyrical about until the apocalypse and Daniel Flores is a great songwriter with a keen ear for commercial flair which means he tends to know exactly the sort of thing that’s going to get my blood pumping. So, it’s always great to get more TMOMS music but even more so when it sees the band at the top of their game and showcasing all their depth and talent as musicians.
Flores is also an accomplished producer and TMOMS albums always benefit from his luxurious production jobs – which given the style of the band only makes them sound even more epic!
I really enjoyed their last album Beth Out Of Hell even though I do tend to struggle with concept albums but I think Echoes of the Aftermath out shines it as it is slightly more accessible and instant.
TMOMS are a symphonic metal band but the music on this album occupies the commercial end of that genre spectrum, more emphasis on melody and hooks, less operatic vocals, going for more warmth and diversity and less aggressive whilst retaining a powerful rhythm section and metallic guitar riffs.
Although Flores is principally a drummer he is never shy with his heavy use of keyboards in his song writing with TMOMS and I think this is one of the key points into my liking the band and the keyboards on this album are just simply phenomenal. Unlike some bands, Flores also utilises Keyboards in a wide range rather having a specific style or preference, you’ve got pumping synths, pompous power chords, modern keyboard twists and sweeping atmospherics. He also combines many of these styles within one song to great and exciting effect.
Echoes of The Aftermath is full of lush musical soundscapes and songs of an epic nature, bordering on cinematic film score classical style in their delivery and impact. For me one of the things that makes this album stand out against all the other symphonic bands is it’s unbelievably commercial and these songs get stuck in your head and you find yourself returning to them again and again. I also really like the full sound they create with so much going on in each song it’s very satisfying as a listener.
Vocally Angelica Rylin delivers some stunningly beautiful and stirring moments throughout the album. She has a rich warm voice that really conveys emotion across in an extremely powerful way. She can do all the operatic style warbling too, but her strength lies in those more majestic and often complex vocal melodies she gives us on many of the songs. She is the perfect vocalist to have on board for this dramatic and commercial flavoured symphonic metal that Flores composes.
The commercial ‘Personal Hell’ hits you hard from the very first listen, a real TMOMS classic especially with the unbelievably beautiful vocal melody from Rylin on the chorus. A very early contender for song of the year for me though is ‘Shining In The Dark’ despite it’s heart breaking lyrics it is really commercial, with an indelible chorus and some simply heart wrenchingly beautiful vocal melodies.
‘Shining In The Dark’ is a great example of what emotive, thought provoking and evocative lyricist’s this band are too – the album closer ‘Inside Outside’ is another great example and it’s a ballad with film track written all over it. Looking at it as whole TMOMS have the entire package from musicianship to song writing, lyrics to production and for me they are probably one of the best symphonic bands out there and are certainly one of my favourite symphonic metal bands.
Track Listing: Sleeping Giant / Personal Hell / Racing Heart / Cry Wolf / Echoes Of The Aftermath / Flatline / Loud as a Whisper / Shining After Dark / Ode To Everyone / Go On / In Risk of Rain / Inside Outside
Album Rating: 9/10
Woody’s Essential Track: Shining After Dark
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