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Memento Mori [Expanded Edition]
     

Memento Mori [Expanded Edition]

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by Flyleaf
 

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Texas-based Christian rock/emo-metal quintet Flyleaf's sophomore release jettisons the raw, punk-infused angst of their platinum-selling debut, replacing it with a thick, punchy theatricality that is as progressive as it is radio-ready. Fueled by the electrifying voice of Lacey Mosley, who can build a city with a

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Texas-based Christian rock/emo-metal quintet Flyleaf's sophomore release jettisons the raw, punk-infused angst of their platinum-selling debut, replacing it with a thick, punchy theatricality that is as progressive as it is radio-ready. Fueled by the electrifying voice of Lacey Mosley, who can build a city with a single soaring note and then tear it down with a lone caterwaul, Memento Mori (musically, at least) owes more to the tech-heavy, similarly faith-based King's X than it does the moody atmospherics of Evanescence, but there's enough angst and obsession here to draw fans of the latter. At 14 songs, most of which bust out of the gate with guns blazing, it can be hard to differentiate, especially when the group sticks to the formula of heavy riff/verse/heavy riff/chorus, but between the moody single "Again" and the alternately laid-back and elegiac closer "Arise," the five members of Flyleaf have come awfully close to finding and defining their voice. [An expanded edition was released with an extra disc featuring the bonus tracks "Break Your Knees," "Enemy," "Have We Lost," and "Who Am I."]

Product Details

Release Date:
11/10/2009
Label:
A&M / Octone
UPC:
0602527200941
catalogNumber:
001351372
Rank:
63537

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Performance Credits

Flyleaf   Primary Artist
Howard Benson   Keyboards
James Culpepper   Drums,Timpani,Wind Chimes,Group Member
Sameer Bhattacharya   Guitar,Group Member
Jared Hartmann   Guitar,Group Member
Pat Seals   Bass,Group Member

Technical Credits

Howard Benson   Programming,Producer
Mike Plotnikoff   Engineer
Sean Evans   Art Direction
Hatsukazu "Hatch" Inagaki   Engineer
Deb Klein   Management
Marc VanGool   Guitar Techician
Jon Nicholson   Drum Technician
Mark Lewis   Producer,Engineer,Vocal Engineer,Guitar Engineer
Pat Seals   Illustrations
Mark Holthusen   Artwork
Andrew Schubert   Engineer
Brad Townsend   Engineer
Craig Mogil   Booking
Joshua Sturm   Art Direction

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Memento Mori 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 13 reviews.
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Heavy_Metal_Sushi More than 1 year ago
I love Flyleaf! I loved their first album...listened to it alot, and still do frequently. It seemed like it took a while for them to release their 2nd full length album, though they did release an EP a couple of years earlier, which can hardly be found now it seems except for online & whatnot. I did get it on iTunes. It was maybe 4 songs, but it was pretty good. Then, as of late last year, they finally released this, and I was pretty stoked. I didn't actually get the CD right off, but I did download it on iTunes, so I at least had it. I finally just recently bought ths CD, so I could play it elsewhere, other than just on the computer and my iPod. I'm a bit of a collector too...I usually collect up the discs of all my favorite CDs, so this one had been on my list. I honestly can't say which of their 2 full length albums I like better, because they're both so good. If you're into rock/alternative music and haven't really much heard Flyleaf, (though I couldn't see how, because they play em on most every major rock station), I highly recommend you check them out! You won't be sorry!
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