The Color Morale may not be the biggest band in the metalcore genre. They may still play second fiddle to less talented acts like Attack Attack! and Asking Alexandria, but all of that should change with the release of their sophomore album My Devil In Your Eyes, which is the stellar follow-up to their debut We All Have Demons, an album that showed promise but lacked consistency. With their new album The Color Morale has created the most consistent and solid metalcore release in a while. Armed with creative writing, a fantastic vocalist, and Joey Sturgis’s best production work to date, The Color Morale are here to make sure they claim their place at the top of the genre.
“Nerve Endings” begins the album quite nicely, showing that the band has not ditched the sound found on We All Have Demons, but has instead improved on it, which will help bring in new fans who found their debut somewhat flimsy, but still keep their old fanbase. “Human(s) Being” is the perfect example of The Color Morale’s new enhanced sound. The choruses are bigger, the screams are more aggressive, the singing is more crisp and clear, the faster parts are more exhilarating, the guitars are more creative, and the breakdowns are heavier.
One of the things that We All Have Demons lacked was big choruses. While a few songs fell under the category of “catchy” they were far from memorable; luckily, My Devil In Your Eyes has fixed this. “Walkers” and “Falling Awake” provide the anthemic choruses that are necessary to make a metalcore band stand out from the pack.
It was clear in We All Have Demons that vocalist Garret Rapp was always extremely strong and consistent. It’s impossible to forget that on this record, whether he is commanding your attention on “Quote On Quote” or showing that he has more range than ever on tracks like “This Lost Song Is Yours” and “Be Longing Always”.
The Color Morale has also added some more variety to their music with the inclusion of some more hectic and sped up tracks. “Demon Teeth” shows the amount of songwriting talent the band has, at times even coming off as a less technical version of The Chariot.
One of the main assets the band has is both of their guitarists, who really know how to provide some creativity and uniqueness to their riffs. The beginning of “The Dying Hymn” is a clear example of the band’s superiority over most other acts in the genre. The band’s inclusion of creativity in their riffs doesn’t mean that they have completely gotten rid of the breakdown formula; however, this time around The Color Morale has made sure to include them only when necessary. They are now heavier and more intense than before, with “Walkers” and “Falling Awake” being perfect examples of this.
The Color Morale aren’t the only ones who have outdone themselves with My Devil In Your Eyes. Metalcore producer of the moment Joey Sturgis has also worked the board better than he has in any of his previous releases. “Demon Teeth” and “Human(s) Being” are prime examples of Sturgis’s production, which used to serve only to make breakdowns heavier. They now give the tracks a more interesting layering that makes the album worthy of repeated listens.
In the end The Color Morale has triumphed over a genre that seems to be constantly dying, only to have a band like them show up and breathe new life into it. They may not be reinventing the wheel, but they have proven themselves far superior to most bands in the scene. With an album as strong as My Devil In Your Eyes, the band has improved in every way possible, and has created a record that is sure to be loved by fans of the genre and even turn over some who claim the metalcore scene as dead. It’s only a matter of time before The Color Morale receives their earned place at the top of the metalcore pack.