Utilizing all their musical education, knowledge and inspirations, The More I See come up with a riff-o-rama of modern metal and thrash for their fourth offering Disappearing Humans.
Time and time again a band will cite its influences, either through interviews, name dropping or wearing shirts depicting bands deemed credible, but the trouble is that those influences sometimes don’t translate to the actual music being made.
Simply listening to seminal bands is one thing, adding those ideas into your own music is an entirely different one, which can come in various forms be it a sound, a feel, a groove or an attack, but these influences should show up on the music like greasy fingerprints.
Disappearing Humans is covered in them and it’s evident on Alone You Will Enter (where TMIS get some room to run at seven minutes plus) which perfectly encapsulates their old school metal influences, giving them a shot in the arm and dragging them by the throat into a different sound.
At three minutes in, they break out into a riff straight from the thrash era, demonstrating in some ways what other fellow bands have been trying to achieve, and depending on your viewpoint succeeding or not. It’s The More I See’s coup de grace that they capably handle these ideas and build upon them with tracks like Still.
Because there are so many riffs flying around on this album, it’s all too clear guitarists James Cluer and Gizz Butt are having an absolute blast playing this material, and it shows with some real guitarobatics on Reversible.
Cluers also performs vocals that bring everything up to boil – never too much and produced so they push, function, add tension and an extra melodic level to everything. Imagine if Hetfield had today’s production on Kill ‘em All and you’re certainly thinking along the right track? Go and listen to Spirit of Freedom – it’s all there for you to hear.
This is a band cruelly not given the props they deserve. Four albums down the line it’s surprising that more people don’t have them jotted down as a ‘must hear’ band. The solid, assured playing style and execution of their song writing is great. Intro track Crossed Over and the resulting Rise Up And Start sounds like a band trying on a crown, attempting to really lay claim to something a lot of metal acts are vying for. At several key points they achieve that, moving from the territory of interweaving influences and beginning a move into their own sound.
Is it the best work TMIS have done? Possibly. The strong start from The Wolves Are Hungry and the excellent The Unholy Feast have always set the bar high, but listening to the closing moments of the album from The Eye That Offends, it feels like they have achieved a cohesive, complete album.
This either came about by design or the more believable possibility that they just played songs that they enjoyed. Their remain earnest and true to the music they adore, which could very well be one interpretation of true influence.
For Fans Of: Metallica, Megadeth, Testament, Trivium.