The Color Morale - My Devil In Your Eyes

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Metalcore, Post-hardcore
Rise Records
The Color Morale
My Devil In Your Eyes
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Sophomore efforts can be crucial for a band’s career. For The Color Morale, this is especially important because of the already over-saturated world of metal. Their blend of hardcore riffs and soaring vocals on My Devil In Your Eyes definitely outshine their debut record, but the band’s direction leaves them hard-pressed to stand out amongst veteran acts. Although they are not pursuing a new and original sound, they have worked hard to improve their own, and the result is a very enjoyable collection of tracks.

One of the most striking things about this new album is how much Garret Rapp has improved as a vocalist. In one moment he will employ harsh vocals that transition from thick growls to emotive yells, and in another the listener hears calm, smooth croons that slightly resemble a mix between Jarrod Christman of Corpus Christi and label-mate Jonny Craig. Cleanly sung choruses are found throughout the album, while tracks like “Demon Teeth” explode with restrained energy, very akin to something like Underoath or Norma Jean.

The lyrics, both strong and thoughtful, add more weight to otherwise forgettable songs. Venturing from the struggle between life and death to muses on faith itself, depth is certainly present. The album has a smooth progression for the most part, though the latter half tends to drag, as some tactics are recycled. The song structures are unique, but there is clearly potential for this band to have thrown a couple curveballs musically; static tempos, time signatures, and keys are only a few things that, if amended, could have made this metal album stand out.

Ending the album is the calm, experimental outro "fill;avoid" that shows that the band can employ a soft side without losing their edge. The line “You made me from dust, not dirt” rings out as the album comes to a close. This smoothly layered closer demonstrates that this band, along with maturing, has come a long way in such a short time; there aren’t any rough-edged tracks like in We All Have Demons, but their apologetically raw material allows them to retain the identity their debut solidified.

If this progress continues for The Color Morale, it won’t be long until they share the spotlight with other metal heavyweights. As it stands, My Devil In Your Eyes is a solid album whose crunchy guitar lines and in-your-face vocals will please fans, but might lost luster with repeated listens. Without a sophomore slump, it is unlikely that TCM will fail to achieve their full potential in the future, but only time will tell.

1. Nerve Endings
2. Human(s) Being
3. The Dying Hymn
4. Be Longing Always
5. Walkers
6. Demon Teeth
7. Falling Awake
8. Quote on Quote
9. This Lost Song Is Yours
10. fill;avoid

Natives from Rockford, IL, this melodic post-hardcore 5 piece has opened for the likes of The Chariot, Taking Back Sunday, Chiodos, The Used, Four Letter Lie, and Greeley Estates, and Misery Signals. Musical influences range from Misery Signals, Beloved, Life in Your Way, Glassjaw, and Poison the Well. Signed to Rise Records, their debut album We All Have Demons was released on the 16th March 2010. They have since toured with dozens of well-established bands, and are currently working on a followup album.

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