MyChildren MyBride is a total guilty pleasure band for me. I don’t care who knows it.
Though their debut album Unbreakable was released by Solid State in 2008, it was a long time coming for the group. Through extensive touring, a self-produced release and a demo EP, MCMB had amassed an extensive following. And now that it’s been 5 years, and two releases since, the legacy of their debut is clear: because it’s not as bleak as follow-ups Lost Boy or their latest, MyChildren MyBride, I feel it’s still the best work they’ve done.
That may also have to do with the fact that it was produced by Joey Sturgis, who has to be one of the most prolific producers in the genre. He’s worked with bands like Emmure, The Devil Wears Prada, We Came as Romans, Burden of a Day, A Plea for Purging and others. He’s also worked with jokes like Attack Attack!, I See Stars and Asking Alexandria, but I’m sure that’s like David Cross in Alvin and the Chipmunks – dude’s gotta get paid.
Unbreakable checks off every prereq for the metalcore genre:
-Band members must have many tattoos
-Band’s name must be in a cool font
-Band must have hardly discernible vocals
-At least one band member must have gauged ears
-In interviews, the group should identify as “Christians who play in a band, but not a Christian band, per se”
Once those qualifications have been met, the band’s album must contain:
-A lot of shred
The album should also include a song or songs that, years from now, the group will only play on super rare occasions, like a benefit for some key member of the community who was hit by a car on his fixie and who doesn’t have health insurance, or a revered roadie and occasional fill-in guitarist for tours.
Got a little carried away there.
Anyway, you get the idea. There’s nothing particularly… remarkable? shall we say, about Unbreakable. It’s a solid release, no doubt, but if you’re into Christcore, you know what to expect. And the fact that it’s not tinged with the whole “vampire” theme of Lost Boy or the “We’re so dark and mysterious, oooooh” of their eponymous third album, is reason alone to favor this release.
The bigger question here is how long can this genre keep going without imploding on itself? How much more can be milked out of breakdowns and two-stepping? Metalcore and hardcore are in a dire state desperate for a reboot of some kind, or at least a swift ass kick. Maybe I’m just getting old, I don’t know.
From MyChildren MyBride’s debut album Unbreakable, this is “Circle the Sky” –
Standout tracks: “HEADSHOT!” and “Boris the Blade”
Weakest track: Because it’s only 10 tracks, there’s not one on here that stands out as the weakest. But if you’re not into dudes yelling about Jesus, this isn’t for you. Also that piano solo at the end of “Choke” is 100% out of place.
RIYL: Saucer-sized gauges. Metalcore, hardcore, Jesuscore. Impending Doom, Haste the Day, August Burns Red, The Devil Wears Prada.