Well, it’s finally here. It has been a long time coming. After 5 years since the release of their self titled, MYCHILDREN MYBRIDE is back, and they are showing the fans what they were waiting for, and also, that it was definitely worth the wait. If you are new to this band, you’re in luck. Here’s a bio of sorts to give some backstory and how we got to where we are today. How we got to Vicious World.
While so many of their contemporaries cranked out disposable albums with forgettable repetitiveness, in an effort to meet the demands of the music industry, MYCHILDREN MYBRIDE entered into a willful creative hibernation instead. Like a creature that spins itself a cocoon to evolve into something bigger and bolder, MYCHILDREN MYBRIDE emerge with their eOne Music / Good Fight Music debut, Vicious World,stronger and re-energized like never before.
Vicious World is equally energetic, driving, dramatic, and cinematic. Each song takes listeners on a moving journey from start to finish, with special care and attention to structure and meaning. Songs like “God of Nothing” and “The Endless” from their previous self-titled album were but the tip of the artistic iceberg, setting MYCHILDREN MYBRIDE toward the darker and more ambitious path that culminated with album four.
The core duo of founding vocalist Matthew Hasting and longtime guitarist/songwriter Robert Bloomfield, who appear together on every MYCHILDREN MYBRIDE album, now usher in a brand new era of the band forged in ambitious artistry and deliberate focus. They’ve combined elements of extreme metal and the punk-and-pop-infused mash-ups present on the Warped Tour and Mayhem stages with their own signature flavor, a product of their disparate geographical locations, unique background, and point of view.
Since their formation over a decade ago in Madison, Alabama, MYCHILDREN MYBRIDE has worked with nearly ever A-list metal/metalcore/hardcore producer in the game.
Unbreakable (2008), their debut studio album, was produced by longtime scene kingmaker Joey Sturgis (Asking Alexandria, Of Mice & Men, The Devil Wears Prada) and mixed by Killswitch Engage guitarist Adam Dutkiewicz (As I Lay Dying, Underoath, All That Remains). The band’s blistering follow-up, Lost Boy(2010), was helmed by Matt Goldman (Anberlin, Underoath, Haste The Day) and mixed by Jason Suecof (Trivium, Motionless In White, Demon Hunter). Their eponymously titled set MYCHILDREN MYBRIDE(2012), which saw them clearly defining their own sound with power and confidence, was produced and mixed by Zeuss (Rob Zombie, Hatebreed, the Acacia Strain).
For Vicious World, MYCHILDREN MYBRIDE worked closely with producer Travis Richter, best known as longtime guitarist of From First To Last, the band that launched the career of Sonny Moore (aka Skrillex) and sold a half million albums over the years.
Atmosphere, heaviness, and the giant creepy, yet poppy, vibe of Korn or Marilyn Manson all collide with the signature hardcore infused extreme metal sound that has always driven the band. Fans of Slipknot and Five Finger Death Punch will connect to these songs, while a sustained dive beneath the surface reveals depths previously uncharted.
MYCHILDREN MYBRIDE dabble in everything grunge, EDM, hip-hop, mainstream metal, and hard rock, cannibalizing the brightest spots of the seemingly contrasting genres, warping them, twisting them, and creating something inventive and fresh within their sound. Simply put, MYCHILDREN MYBRIDE has created the band its members wanted to hear. Vicious World is the sound of a creative entity in full command of its ambitions and experimentation, alternately catchy and inviting yet dense and thought provoking.
Vicious World is an astounding work of art, more than worth the five-year wait.
Alright, so we can see that there has been a journey in getting this far within their music career, and that journey has taken some good turns and not really any bad ones, but, I would say that MYCHILDREN MYBRIDE definitely did the smart and professional thing: be patient in their craft. You can see the album is talked pretty highly of and there is even descriptions listed that probably make you think, oh, but, that already sounded like a review. Well, looks like if that’s the case, I got to be the guy to give the outside opinion. As you may have noticed earlier in the article, I already started to talk highly of the album. Reason? Because it actually is really great. Now, is it the most unique thing on the planet? Not necessarily, but, where they take influences to use, they do a good job of translating that influence into their music. So, with that said, let’s discuss and review Vicious World.
First off, one of the main things I started to pick up from Vicious World is that the quality of the screams improved. Not to mention, at least at the first whole half, and even in the second half of the album, Vicious World seems to have it’s in-between feelings of being very Prog/Djent. Nothing bad, by any means, and honestly, I actually enjoyed the end results that I found with every song. Speaking of that, there is one song specifically I enjoy because it takes a different turn on things. The track shows itself to be reminiscent of something much like Combichrist, and I indulged in it, shamelessly. Songwriting wise with how they made the lyrics be played out in their songs, Vicious World gives it’s words a sound that is impacting and immaculately brings out the messages wanting to be conveyed.
Now, there is another thing I would like to discuss in regards to this album, and many fans may want to know the answer to this question: Was this a good step in the right direction, musically speaking? In regards to Vicious World, I’d say this does a good job at staying up to date with the metal music meta, at least in that sub-genre of metal so to speak. I would say the feel that you’d get from new MYCHILDREN MYBRIDE would be a familiar yet new and powerful sound, which is impressive, as there is a lot of bands in the scene, specifically in the sub-genre of metalcore, that have had moments of make and breaks in regards to band evolution.
Overall, the album Vicious World is definitely going to be worth the buy. Its got 12 tracks for you, the listener, to go absolutely crazy to. The live shows for this music will probably translate exceedingly well with the way the music flows and plays out on Vicious World. Its so exciting to hear from bands that you are a fan of make a comeback such as this, and for you fans of MYCHILDREN MYBRIDE, you won’t be disappointed.
8/10 Album Score
Favorite Tracks: kevIAr, Guardian XIII, Act i Elysium 77