Artist Of The Week - Anchor & Braille

It's been about three years since we've gotten an album from Anchor & Braille, the indie side project of Anberlin's Stephen Christian, but this week, on July 31st, the band's sophomore album will be released. The Quiet Life is a collection of haunting melodies and catchy percussion, certainly a maturation of sound since 2009's Felt. The Quiet Life is available now in stores and online through Tooth & Nail Records.


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Artist: Mychildren Mybride
Album: Lost Boy
Release Date: 6/8/10
Label: Solid State Records

Maturing over time can only be the best for things. Growing stronger to reach one's full potential is the key thing for many bands with the desire to make it out there in today's industry. That being said, Mychildren Mybride are surely one of those bands. Following up their great debut, Unbreakable, from two years back, the maturity that this band has achieved shows heavily, which is taken literally in the sound. This sophomore release is bold, heavy and just what the McMb fan would expect for a great release. Matthew Hasting's voice has also matured since their debut, with a deeper, more brutal sound.

The opening sounds of "Terra Firma" can only set the pace for Lost Boy, with the growls coming right at the listener full force, accompanied by the quick paced double bass drumming. It clearly shows the increase of heaviness from album to album. The lyrics also talk being risen from the dirt and dust, which also proclaim "We are eternal!" One of the highlights come with the hardcore/punk influenced "King of the Hopeless," which is also loaded with some of the unique songwriting talents of the band found throughout the album. Interestingly enough, the album contains a good amount of gang vocals/gang chants which came a bit unexpected, but only add to Lost Boy, showing that McMb as a band aren't afraid to experiment with their sound. Songs like "Crimson Grim" and "Lost Boys" showcase this well.

The haunting instrumental "Gatekeeper" contains eerie sounding drums, which are followed by a lightly played guitar. "Digital Rebirth" suddenly brakes the trance set by the previous track, turning out to the the fastest track of the bunch. The last track "Lungs Full of Water" is the perfect closer for the album, taking everything from Lost Boy into on final song. A hidden instrumental track is also included, which seems to continue the haunting sounds of "Gatekeeper."

Rating: 9/10 Lost Boy is a great album from the four-piece Mychildren Mybride. The sounds of this album surely surprised me and surpassed my standards, which were in fact, already set high. Already containing potential to be one of my top metal releases of the year, this is one album that you won't want to miss.

  1. Terra Firma
  2. Hooligans
  3. King of the Hopeless
  4. Crimson Grim
  5. Lost Boys
  6. Dark Passenger
  7. Gatekeeper
  8. Digital Rebirth
  9. Redeemer
  10. Nuclear+
  11. Lungs Full of Water
  12. Untitled (Instrumental)
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