Like Moths to Flames - Sweet Talker

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Post-hardcore
Rise Records
Like Moths to Flames
Sweet Talker
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Sometimes, we wish that music could exist in a vacuum per se. With the current saturation of bands in genres across the gamut, a decent album ends up sounding more mediocre when you’ve heard the same album a dozen times with little to no difference between bands. Enter Like Moths to Flames. Sure, this is the third band in recent memory for vocalist Christopher Roetter, a man with a resume including stints in Emarosa and the now defunct Agraceful. But considering his past work, you’d like to think he would have progressed musically as he has gone along. Wrong. Sweet Talker is a by-the-numbers post-hardcore EP bolstering thundering breakdowns, frisky screams and a handful of great melodies, but what it doesn’t really do is give anyone a reason to pick Like Moths to Flames out of the drowning crowd of bands doing the exact same thing.

With only five tracks, you can only hope we are scratching the surface of what this band might do in the future. It seems like the pieces are there. Just in the opening moments of EP starter “Your Existence”, we can see talented drumming, solid screaming and a few hints of songwriting knack despite an overall feeling of vague deja vu. “Real Talk” is trauma-level blandness, save for some impressive drum work and the occasional glimmer of vocal prowess. Perhaps the guitars do have their moments strung through this EP, but it is rather difficult to get past the rest of the muck created on Sweet Talker. It doesn’t help either when “Death Cup” is heavily reminiscent of Of Mice & Men, or when nothing the band does even seems to even stand out from itself.

On the bright side, Like Moths to Flames does have a few things going for them that others might be a be lacking in. Notable from the first track, the drums aren’t just simply following along through every breakdown and rhythmic bruising the guitars are offering, giving us plenty of tasty fills to get us through any monotony created elsewhere. And despite the lack of originality musically, Roetter is pretty much still on the ball vocally with his just-deep-enough growl driving the tracks along their narrow trails. To be completely fair though, for the band’s first release on Rise, they are at least up to speed with most of their crab-stanced, bass-dropping peers – whether or not that means anything.

As much as it would be hasty to write off this band due to lack of originality, it has to be considered that Like Moths to Flames could and should have done something a bit more impressive with their first release. Given Roetter’s background, it can only be considered a disappointment on our end to hear him spurting his words over another edition of uninspired post-hardcore. We can only hope he and the rest of Like Moths to Flames will deliver the next time around.

1. Your Existence
2. Real Talk
3. Death Cup
4. Bloodsport
5. Dead Routine

Like Moths to Flames is a five piece metalcore band from Dayton, Ohio, United States, getting ready to make a big start in 2010. The band started for vocalist Chris Roetter, as he was originally fronting Agraceful, however, after many issues concerning members dropping out, Like Moths to Flames was formed with four previous members of Terrafirma. No music has been released as of yet, aside from three demo tracks. On September 15, it was revealed that their upcoming EP would be entitled "Sweet Talker" via Twitter. ... read more

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