Memories of a Dead Man

Memories of a Dead Man

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With this eponymous 2007 EP, Paris, France's Memories of a Dead Man bravely cast their lot into the increasingly turbulent post-hardcore maelstrom of the mid-'00s, where many have foundered in their mission to challenge such indomitable powers of the deep as Neurosis, Isis, and Cult of Luna -- here there be monsters, indeed. Well, for one thing, the young French quintet has brevity on its side, skewing the lengthy, continent-sized broadcasts emblematic of some of these bands to embrace more concise, conventionally sized, and arguably potent bursts of fury via opener "Sin Eater" and closer "The Lodger." More crucially, these may also prove more appetizing to merely curious listeners, unwilling to commit hours of their attention to unraveling the time-consuming meanderings of an unproven new band. But for all of their precocious musicianship, Memories of a Dead Man have a glaring weakness to address where their clean vocals are concerned, which sound distinctly weak and flat amid their more capable hardcore screaming. Notwithstanding this concern and the band's obvious need to establish a more personal and truly original voice all their own, Memories of a Dead Man are certainly ready to run the first kilometer of the post-hardcore marathon with this EP.