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Year of Release: 2009
In The Dark
Set Apart This Dream
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Memento mori is a Latin phrase translated as "Remember your mortality", "Remember you must die" or "Remember
you will die" - literally " [in the future] remember to die", since "memento" is a future imperative of the 2nd person,
and mori is a deponent infinitive. It names a genre of artistic creations that vary widely from one another, but which
all share the same purpose: to remind people of their own mortality. The phrase has a tradition in art that dates back
to antiquity. (taken from the Memento Mori
From the darker corners (yet not as dark sounding as
the (Hard Rock) Christian band Flyleaf gets the nod of approval of their second album of their career to reach #1 on
the Billboard Christian Albums chart -- "Memento Mori." Flyleaf is labeled as an "Alternative Metal" band,
and yes, their music does fit Alternative, and even Hard Rock. Led by female vocalist Lacey Mosley, she, and other
members Jared Hartmann and Sameer Bhattacharya (guitarists), and Pat Seals (bass), released their debut self-titled
album in 2005, and, like Memento Mori, it also reached #1 on the Christian Albums chart.
"Beautiful Bride" grabs your attention right away, with its harder rock edge. The album's first single,
"Again" has comparisons to another (hard rock) Christian band, Skillet. "Chasm" is even harder,
comparisons of Skillet and even Creed come to mind.
"MIssing" can pass for Alternative Rock stations, as it is another good rocking song. "This Close"
is also good, a good rock sound, and the vocals are just as good. "The Kind" is good, but not as true as the
previous songs. It's not a bad song, though. "In The Dark" starts out mysterious in a way, yet it kicks into
the typical hard rock style each song previous.
"Set Apart This Dream" cranks into an Alternative/Hard Rock'ing, and loud. LOUD -- truly defines the next
track, "Swept Away" -- it's Alternative, even a bit Hardcore. "Tiny Heart" is more of a Rock sounding tune
(better than the previous two songs). "Tiny Heart" merges into the short "Melting (Interlude)" as the two
blend well, you can't really tell it's a regular lengthed song with a short interlude. "Treasure" is another good
rocking number, The same can be said for the last two tracks, "Circle" and "Arise."
Memento Mori is definitely an interesting, and rocking album. They are not like "smooth sailing" bands such
as Casting Crowns, Jars Of Clay, or even Third Day. They are definitely a hard rocking band, as the members of this band
are Christians. Although their faith influences their music, Lacey Mosley indicates they are not necessarily a Christian
band. Sure, their lyrics may reflect on God and related issues, but quote from Mosley: "We're not playing for Chistians,
we're playing honestly and that's going to come out."
One thing for sure, whether those who label Flyleaf as a Christian band, they do ROCK, as their music would probably
be considered Alternative, with Christian faith themes. They are heard on Christian Rock stations more than Alternative
stations, but to those who listen on Alternative stations, most would probably not know the difference.
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