Fallout is the brand new EP from MM3. It’s a six track project, but in many ways it feels like something much bigger. For the best effect, experience the collection in full, from the start, and turn it up loud.
In The Moment has been performed and recorded with a supremely crisp finish to a beautifully distorted wall of heaviness. The opening riff has everything rock and grunge fans will have loved when the sound first started to come around.
Regarding production, the finish is really something – you can listen at maximum volume and it only gets better. The song itself has a great chord progression and melody, and what’s interesting is that the chorus section for the most part is an instrumental break – one that you can properly lose yourself to in between lyrics. The leading vocal itself is slightly reminiscent of System of a Down at this point, though it’s a comparison that fades away as things progress. There’s a theatrical nature to the performance that adds an interesting twist to the otherwise mostly grunge-driven musicality, making the final product pretty unique and valuable in a few different ways.
R.O.K is even more striking than the opening track somehow, both musically and in the openness of the lyricism. As a fan of the heavier side of melodic rock, this music flies along perfectly in the space between the take off and the crash. The balance is brilliant; the riffs fill your mind, the drum line is beautifully noticeable – something that was also evident in the first track – and the vocal presence this time has a distant and haunting ambiance to it that brings about a real sense of something big and alternative taking place. It’s the music you’d hear a flicker of from the speakers at the rock bar when you were younger, but it’s yours now, and the presentation is intensely satisfying throughout.
The band state a number of different influences behind their creativity, and as you make your way through the Fallout EP this really shows. By track three, Society Falling, the music seems a little more minimal, perhaps even indie-rock inspired. The riff is lighter, the vocal is a little more stripped back, and this all works well to reflect the accessible nature of the lyrics. It’s a song for everyone, and the choice of instrumentation and a lesser vocal effect really lets you soak up those lyrics to the fullest. The band have chosen a clever way to voice their thoughts effectively, and it’s well placed at this fairly central spot within the collection.
Married To My Madness vamps things back up again, though the guitar work in between the hardness is gorgeous. The verses have a softness to them that contrasts awesomely with the build up and the immense hit of the hook. The concept is really intriguing as well, it’s a mysterious and appealing title, and the music has a slightly Nirvana like style to it in the way that it falls away, breaks down, and then smashes right back up again. The emotion comes across well, and the track takes your mind on the run with it, which is pleasantly appropriate considering the theme. The guitar solo in this one takes place at just the right time, and with just the right balance of style and feeling – it’s a pretty big moment within the EP, and with it falling just as the song comes to a close, it’s tempting to listen to the track again before moving on. And why not?
There’s a much thicker sound to No One’s Fault But Mine that again hints at a further bit of influence. Although the music throughout has a thread that will appeal to rock and grunge fans, it’s a surprisingly eclectic collection, and for just six songs you really get to experience a lot. The instrumental chorus style returns for this track and your mind wanders off again with the sound of the riff and the drum line. The honesty of the song is quite intense, so these instrumental moments really give listeners the space to reflect and consider what’s been expressed.
Black Sun Mourning is the final track on the release. The introduction has a peacefulness to it that is easy to embrace at this point. The music has an oriental twang now, and the dreamlike soundscape that unfolds is particularly interesting when you consider that this is an organic band, as opposed to a producer-driven mix at the mercy of a million and one samples. Black Sun Mourning is yet another moment of unexpectedness within the Fallout EP. It’s a welcome surprise, and for a fairly short project the whole thing really leaves you feeling like an entire album has taken place, maybe even a film or an extended piece of dramatic theatre.
MM3 are a creative and driven band – the skill and thought involved in the making of the EP is consistently clear. Definitely one worth checking out, head over to Bandcamp to listen and download. Find and follow the band on Facebook and Twitter for updates. Visit their Website for more music and info.