Memories In Broken glass, out of Alice, Texas, is one of the few bands who have the ability to achieve what most modern day metal bands seem to have lost the ability to do. That is the ability to deliver a solid performance of music that is technically above the bar most instrumentalists reach. Rocking in the underground since 2005, Memories in Broken Glass are truly the undiscovered masters of the djent/death metal genre. When listening to their music you can hear their influences across the board as a mix of elements from bands like Winds of Plague, Black Dahlia Murder, Veil of Maya, and even Carnifex. This diverse mix of styles forms their own unique, hard hitting sound.
When the band is chugging away with machine gun riffs and melodies Aaron Deleon delivers the evil with a unique vocal texture. In his scream you will hear Black Dahlia Murder esq highs and Winds of Plague esq mids and lows. Notice that I included “esq” on both references. This is because while he resembles other vocal styles in his scream, he adds his own twist on the sound, injecting it with energy and feeling that gets you pumped and ready to throw down.
The guitar sound in Memories in Broken Glass truly becomes a rhythmic instrument as well as a great source of technical melody. Guitarist’s Mark Martinez , Justin Garcia and bassist, Randy King, display their technical proficiency on their instruments, combining machine gun chugs with sick fast picking melodies and djenty breakdowns that give Memories the musical flavors of Carnifex, Veil of Maya, and Black Dahlia Murder, mixed together to form the perfectly evil death metal/core sound. I usually mention Bass guitarists paired with drummers in my reviews, but I feel like the Bass elements of Randy King work more as an extension of the guitar. That is not to say of course, that the bass guitar isn’t surgically precise with the drums.
On the Keys, Raul Longoria provides stringed accents and pads that really put the finishing touch on many of Memories in Broken Glass’s break downs, tying all the instruments together with a Winds of Plague vibe at moments. Additionally he provides nice transitional elements for the intense character of this band’s Music.
Last, but by a long shot not the least, Drummer, George Frank Garcia dissects and divides the highly technical music of Memories into intensely driving musical sections with a foundation stands out in the music as a highly important element of the bands life force. Hands and feet of fury are the best way to describe the technical level of drumming found in this band. If you go listen to established metal drummers in the scene today in like genres you will notice George is just as solid as some of the most successful drummers in metal today.
Memories in Broken Glass has released an EP, "Aeons", which is posted on their facebook page that is definitely worth checking out.
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