To Live And Die Alone - Corezine (Sweden) 9 of 10
â€śHardcore as it should be playedâ€ť â€“ thatÂ´s what Meleeh have been embracing the last 6 years of their existence and till this very day they are still holding on to that statement like it was a matter of life or death. They are a hardworking band whose goal always has been to have albums that measure up to their live sound. Their albums are a bit political and sadden but also sore and tender to give their own persona to the music they create.
As for the upcoming 3rd album called â€śTo live and die aloneâ€ť on Black Star Foundation nothing much has changed, except for this album they have grown a bit. They have raised the bar to a level that they control very well and giving Fredrik Gillhagen a chance to shine on his drums. The drums are the center of this album but the melodic guitar sound is a crushing factor why â€śTo live and die aloneâ€ť is MeleehÂ´s best work to date. Remember I said theyÂ´ve grown? This is where they have grown, on this specific area they have improved massively and you can tell they are more confident in their making of the music and it give us the listener an experience out of the ordinary.
Lyrically speaking, this album might be the darkest one so far. ItÂ´s an album describing in detail how the pain is eating you up from the inside and making you carry this burden so heavy that no man can carry. ItÂ´s about being all alone in this world and everyone has abandon you. â€śHatred has conquered it will not sleep. Life demise forever pierced through meâ€ť thatÂ´s two sentences from the 3rd track called â€śWhat I carry on every heartbeatâ€ť and itÂ´s my absolute favorite. The song itself is pretty dark but the melodic guitars makes it even darker. ItÂ´s perfect in every aspect from the vocals by Thomas FlorĂ©n to the drums. ItÂ´s one of those songs that just clicks right away. ItÂ´s a song with the heaviest sound mixed with the finest guitar lines you could imagine and on top of that you have the chaotic vocals, whichs adds up to be a perfect song.
But as from the rest of the album it might take you some time before it will click for you, itÂ´s an album that you need to pay attention to as it has a lot of emotions going on and could be hard to bring it all in. But, once all the emotions reached your soul thereâ€™s no going back, you will be hooked forever. If you want to understand why they chose their album title â€śTo live and die aloneâ€ť you need to check out the middle and last track, which carries the titles of the album.
MeleehÂ´s â€śTo live and die aloneâ€ť is in stores 24th of February, buy it. This is really how hardcore should be played.
- Jimmie Bengtsson
To Live And Die Alone - Asice (Netherlands) 4 of 5
The previous album Â´HeartlandÂ´ was an emotional and aggressive screamo album that never sounded outdated or as a copy of the settled ones. Two years later Swedish Meleeh returns with Â´To Live and Die AloneÂ´. The material is more to the point and even catchier than the last effort.
Sometimes the band reminds me of the French band Celeste, both are playing intense emotional hardcore, except for the Black Metal influences that Meleeh doesnÂ´t have. Due to the melodies in the material ("Panegyric") and the voice of vocalist Thomas FlorĂ©n I also thought of the old Greyline sound. His voice is vicious and so is the razor-sharp production of the third Meleeh album. Magnus Lindberg (drummer of Cult of Luna) made the perfect sound in his studio for MeleehÂ´s songs. The drums sound as organic as on the latest Cult of Luna albums and the noisy, rough production is never overdone.
After the intro â€śMarmaverkenâ€ť the song â€śVowbreakerâ€ť is the best way to really catch the attention. They are furious in this track, later on they are a bit calmer with the typical Meleeh guitar melodies in â€śWhat I carry with every Heartbeatâ€ť and the mid-tempo â€śTo Live Aloneâ€ť. Next up â€śTraumaâ€ť is another fast one. The only downside is the nasal speaking at the end of â€śThorns for Flowersâ€ť; but it only lasts for thirty seconds so I will overlook this one. Next month they are on tour in Europe but they wonÂ´t play the Netherlands. If you want to catch them you can see them a couple of times in Belgium or in Germany.
Heartland - Rocksound (England) 8 of 10
Given that Meleeh hail from Sweden, a nation that has an almost flawless record on its punk rock exports, it would be a bit underwhelming if they blotted the copy book. Unsurprisingly they do anything but with this cracking second album. Â´Heartland`is a great melodic hardcore record, one to which you can attribute the term screamo without feeling dirty. They rarely opt for clichĂ©s and troughout resist the temptation to throw in the cleanvocals chorus you might expect. Instead frontman Thomas tears his larynx to shreds throughout, but always carrying a tune in the likes of Â´CalatheaÂ´and Â´VittraÂ´, while the instrumental respite of Â´Love is deadÂ´is perfectly placed. Highly recommended.
- Tim Newbound
Heartland - Slavestate (Sverige) 4 of 5
Min vĂ¤n Bea skrev i en recension angĂĄende Meleehs fĂ¶rra platta att hon tyckte om sĂ¤ttet bandet berĂ¶r henne pĂĄ. Det Ă¤r ungefĂ¤r det enda jag pĂĄ rak arm kan komma pĂĄ att vi bĂĄda tycker om, men om de berĂ¶rt oss pĂĄ samma sĂ¤tt har jag ingen aning om. SĂ¤ttet Meleeh berĂ¶r mig pĂĄ fĂĄr mig hur som helst att ungefĂ¤r tusen gĂĄnger hellre vilja skalla mina vinrĂ¶da vĂ¤ggar Ă¤nnu rĂ¶dare, istĂ¤llet fĂ¶r att sitta ner och fĂ¶rsĂ¶ka beskriva kĂ¤nslan â€ťHeartlandâ€ť ger mig i ord. Vad det handlar om Ă¤r ren och skĂ¤r desperation, och om ni tror att ni vet vad emo Ă¤r har ni aldrig hĂ¶rt Meleeh. Det hĂ¤r, mina vĂ¤nner, Ă¤r ren och skĂ¤r emotionell musik- eller nej fĂ¶rresten, vad Meleeh gĂ¶r Ă¤r inte musik. Det Ă¤r konst.
- Michael Porali
Another low, a new hollow - Groove (Sverige)
När Gävlebandet debuterar med Another Low a New Hollow sker det med stort själv-förtroende och killarna har all anledning att vara stolta över sitt verk. Grunden är stenhård hardcore i stil med galningarna i The Blood Brothers. Sången gör stundtals ont att lyssna på, det liksom skär i mina egna stämband när sångaren vrålar.
Trots den betonghårda utgångspunkten och dödsskriken vågar kvintetten ge sig ut på sidovägar där det ibland blir riktigt lugna vågor med smekande syntslingor och på sina håll nästan psykedeliskt.
19.04 DE -- Aachen -- Musikbunker w/Samiam
20.04 DE -- MĂ¶nchengladbach - Westend | Useless Fest
21.04 DE -- Berlin -- Bi Nuu +Samiam
24.04 DE -- DĂĽsseldorf -- Tube
25.04 DE -- IbbenbĂĽren -- Scheune
30.04 DE -- GĂ¶ttingen -- T-Keller +Nothington, Apologies I Have None
01.05 DE -- Leipzig -- Werk 2 w/ Polar Bear Club
02.05 DE -- MĂĽnster -- Skaters Palace Uncle M Fest
03.05 DE -- Dortmund -- FZW + Polar Bear Club
08.05 DE -- KĂ¶ln -- MTC w / Attack Attack!
18.05 DE -- Wermelskirchen -- AJZ Bahndamm
25.05 DE -- Bielefeld -- AJZ + Captain Planet
29.05 DE -- MĂĽnster -- Baracke
30.05 DE -- OsnabrĂĽck -- Bastard Club
31.05 DE -- Rendsburg -- T-Stube
01.06 DE -- Cuxhaven -- DĂ¶ser BĂ¶rse
02.06 DE -- Hamburg -- Rote Flora
03.06 DE -- Chemnitz -- AC 17
04.06 DE -- Ulm -- Tanke
05.06 DE -- Trier -- Ex Haus
06.06 DE -- Erfurt -- Engelsburg
07.06 DE -- MĂ¶nchengladbach -- Blaues Haus
08.06 DE -- Aachen -- AZ
05.07 DE -- FĂĽrth -- FĂĽrth Festival
06.07 AT -- Micheldorf -- JukuZ Baraka (Open Air)
07.07 AT -- Graz -- SUB
08.07 AT -- Wien -- EKH
19.07 DE -- DĂĽlmen -- DĂĽb Schools Out (Open Air)
09.08 DE -- KĂ¶ln -- Underground + Belvedere
21.09 CH -- St. Gallen -- Grabenhalle
Fights and fires
20.04 EN -- Corby -- Zombie Hut
28.04 BE -- Meerhout -- Groezrock Festival (Mcbeth stage)
Atlas Losing Grip
25.04 DE -- Kiel -- Shaubude
25.04 NL -- Gouda -- So What
27.04 DE -- Immerhausen -- Akku
28.04 DE -- Berlin -- Monsterbash
30.04 SE -- Stockholm -- Firestorm fest
08.06 NL -- Ysselstein -- Jera on air festival
04.07 DE -- Wermelskirchen -- Wermelskirchen
05.07 DE -- Saarwellingen -- Rock Camp festival
06.07 DE -- Zinnowitz --Utopia festival
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