This Friday, a new album for metal fans to enjoy will be released, titled Stories We Tell Ourselves by Texan rock/metal band Nothing More.
The album starts off with the introduction of (Ambition Destruction), which, like most intros, is only a couple of seconds long with the sound of a distorted radio station, getting louder and louder until it moves on to the first proper track, Do You Really Want It.
This track starts out with head nodding, but soon turns into full-on headbanging once you hear the words “do you really want it!?” being yelled, and that’s when the track really begins. The awesome sound mixed in with a hint of electronic in the verses is something worth noting, as well as how quickly the track is able to pull you in. It would most definitely sound amazing live, and would probably provoke a mosh pit too.
After another short interlude (probably to give your neck a break), Let ’em Burn is up. Like before, this track also starts out soft (this time with muttered whispers), but doesn’t hesistate to jump in with the heavy guitars riffs, drums and screaming. Although not as much as a headbanger before, it’s a total anti-people track, and who doesn’t love them every once in a while?
Ripping Me Apart has more use of electronic for both instrumentals and vocals, which again goes down well with the metal. But what I liked most about this track is when slows down, becoming smoother with the lines “you pull right me back together” repeated a couple of times, until the vocalist abruptly screams “Oh god, you’re ripping me apart!”. It’s the sudden jump between the two that I liked best with this one.
Still In Love has a completely different style to the other tracks so far. Rather than loud, headbanging moments and heavy guitar riffs, it’s more of a rock love song. While certainly a different direction to the other tracks, it adds a little variety to the album.
Just Say When is another example of variety in the album. You wouldn’t think an acoustic guitar would exist in a metal album, but you got to appreciate it sometimes. That, and this track shows off the lead singer’s clean vocal talents, rather than screaming.
Look out for Stories We Tell Ourselves this weekend, especially if you’re fond of metal or even the odd acoustic love song.