Motion Picture Demise

Rebuild/Reform

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Over the years, Christian rock has included just about every rock style imaginable. You've had Christian punk, Christian new wave, Christian pop-metal, Christian industrial rock, Christian arena rock, Christian power metal, Christian thrash metal, Christian rap-metal, Christian goth rock, Christian grunge, Christian post-grunge -- the list goes on. So it should come as no surprise that Christian screamo (as opposed to Christian emo) has its representatives as well. Like UnderOath, Motion Picture Demise has been part of the Christian screamo trend, although Rebuild/Reform doesn't beat listeners over the head with Christianity. Quite the contrary -- listeners really have to dig to find the Christian references on this EP. Motion Picture Demise approaches Christian-inspired lyrics the way UnderOath approaches them: in a subtle, subliminal fashion. Those who haven't researched Motion Picture Demise's history may not pick up on their Christianity at all -- on the surface, they aren't much different from a long list of secular screamo bands that surfaced in the early 2000s. Travis Tucker, the band's lead vocalist, has obviously mastered the clean vocals/screaming vocals contrast that is a main ingredient of screamo (also known as post-hardcore or melodic hardcore). And while some screamo singers do a lot more screaming, Tucker opts to let his clean vocals have the upper hand; Tucker has no problem with tortured, death-all-over-your-face screaming, but his clean side is dominant on Rebuild/Reform. This EP won't win any awards for being distinctive or strikingly original; there are countless other bands with this type of sound, and Motion Picture Demise isn't the first outfit to bring subliminally Christian messages to the screamo/melodic hardcore/post-hardcore field. But Rebuild/Reform is generally competent, and this EP has enough going for it to make listeners want to keep an eye on Motion Picture Demise and see how they develop.

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