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Review: Like Moths to Flames – The Dying Things We Live For

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Like Moths to Flames is up this week with their latest 10 track album The Dying Things We Live For. Is an introduction for them really necessary? We all know Like Moths to Flames and perhaps we have all listened to The Dying Things We Live For by now to compare opinions. In case you didn’t it is available on iTunes, Spotify, and Amazon.

I’ll be honest: I was never a big fan of Like Moths to Flames, but I never disliked them either. They write simple music that’s really easy to listen to and (for me) is meant to be listened to in groups. That’s just the vibe I get from them. The Dying Things We Live For pretty much further establishes that opinion, but it has also shown me that LMTF brings a bit more to the table than breakdowns and choruses.

While breakdowns are plentiful, they aren’t the focus of most songs and are actually put in for transitional or even accenting purposes, which a lot of bands do. While they all aren’t bone-crushing or mind blowing, they have their charm so I can’t say I mind. Each song is pretty short so they definitely don’t overstay their welcome. There are some pretty decent riffs on The Dying Things We Live For. Look to “Fighting Fire With Fire” and “History Repeats” for the riffs along with lyrics flying past you. “History Repeats” is definitely one of the best songs on here, as it has aural rhythms, the cool riffs, and a really nice ending. “Fighting Fire With Fire” keeps a headbang worthy thing going for a while and the chorus is catchy enough.

What is interesting about “Destined for Dirt” is that the chorus is almost the exact same as the verses (instrumentally) with the inclusion of clean vocals and an addition on the riff. It’s odd, but it works. “Destined for Dirt” is a bit repetitive if you pay attention to it, but it’s still enjoyable.

What I like about The Dying Things We Live For is the amount of energy that comes forth from each song. LMTF does a nice job of building up excitement and working with the clean vocals. The album opener, “No King”, preps you for an energized ride in a proper fashion. There are several different riffs and there’s a pretty big breakdown at the end. It just pumps you up the whole time. What I think takes away from The Dying Things We Live For are the group shouts before major breakdowns. It’s fine and done well sometimes, but I’m pretty sure there’s one on every song and that just kinda sucks the charm out of group shouts. It’s also a bit cliché to do a group shout every time you want to introduce a possibly killer breakdown, but that’s just my opinion. Though if you listen to the songs separately rather than successively, you may not even notice that there’s a group shout in each song. Okay enough about group shouts. The drums seemed minimalist to me as they stuck to a similar groove for the verses of each song. They get the job done though.

More on what I liked/thought worked well for The Dying Things We Live For: most of the choruses are catchy and have smooth transitions between verses. I think the build ups are pretty nice on this album. Not only does it let you know that something sweet is coming your way, but you can feed into the excitement too. The endings for each song are either perfectly abrupt or intense. “The Give and Take” has that abrupt ending; it has this nice headbanging thing going then it just cuts. I like that. “History Repeats” has an intense ending, as mentioned earlier. The only song that really contrasts to the rest is “Wither.” As the final track it is appropriate to have it stand out. “Wither” has a soft and edgy side simultaneously; both of which shine in different moments. It ends on a soft note, slowly fading out for dramatic effect.

What else can be said about The Dying Things We Live For? Yeah, I liked the album and yeah I’ve listened to it when I just want to move to something. It’s good stuff if you accept it for what it is. That sounds rather condescending, but it’s simple music. Ya just put it on and enjoy without thinking about it. I definitely think LMTF could really do a lot more with their aural rhythms in the future because whenever they were used on The Dying Things We Live For, it worked really well. I would also like to hear the bass outside of bass slides in the future. Other than that the production is of stellar quality and the drums sound really great. Every cymbal and tom hit came in crystal clear, I love it. The song writing ability is there and so is the talent, quite frankly. While The Dying Things We Live For isn’t a bad album, it shows that there is more LMTF can do.

Rate: 6.75/10

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