Facedown Records is usually known for their assortment of metalcore artists, but over the last fourteen months, the Facedown/Dreamt combination has released albums by indie bands like Sleep For Sleepers and Shapes Stars Make. The sophomore project by My Epic, Yet, also launches from the labels.
The album boasts a post rock sound and includes many sounds which could be compared to Falling Up, As Cities Burn, Shapes Stars Make, and Awaken, North Wind!. With the exception of "Rich," there isn't much in the way of choruses, which leaves My Epic's songs a bit unpredictable. Since the album goes to such lengths to make every song epic (no pun intended), every song is at least four minutes long (with the exception of "Lashes"). And the long duration of the songs works really well when the track is flowing right along, but not when the band's formula of unpredictability goes awry. Although some pockets on the release can be quite slow at times ("Patience And Silence" in particular), big riffs and intense electric guitars are not uncommon, especially on "Pour" and "Ashes." On occasion, however, the guitars simply go overboard and the music sweeps away Arron Stone's somewhat unimpressive lead-vocals. But there are stanzas throughout the album which are quite memorable (parts of "Author" and "Sound Fury" spring to mind). Plus, both "Further Up/Further In" and particularly "Perfector" close out the album well.
As with their first album, I Am Undone, My Epic puts their priority on the album's lyrical content. The haunting "Lower Still" goes to great lengths to describe Christ's humiliation from birth to death. The band often details our depravity while ultimately declaring God's holiness and grace as in the case of "Patience and Silence" ("You're the only one who loves me as I am/you alone are my defender/you alone will be my judge"). Strong songwriting is revealed in the band's speculation of eternity on "Perfector" and lust and remorse in "Lashes."
While Yet will obviously please fans of the post rock genre, there is still a strong enough rock element to attract generic rock fans. But the real attraction of My Epic's second release comes through the unifying lyrics of God's love even in our fallen state. While the music and the vocals are a bit rough around the edges overall, Yet is a solid, summer rock venture.- Review date: 7/4/10, written by Nathaniel Schexnayder of Jesusfreakhideout.com
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