Memfis "The Wind-Up" CDPosted on Monday, September 10th, 2007 @ 5:51am » permalink
Originally released about a year ago by Swedish label Dental Records and then licensed stateside earlier this year by Candlelight Records, "The Wind-Up" is the incredibly impressive debut from Kristinehamn, Sweden's Memfis. You'd never really guess it from the band name or the oddly "indie" looking style of the album art, but the band's focused and surprisingly technical style is an almost perfect blend of equal parts Opeth and Burst – and both from the fellow Swedes' golden ages (circa, say, "Still Life" and "In Coveting Ways", respectively). That's not to take anything away from the band's own creativity, though. Sure, these riffing styles may be familiar on many levels, but I've certainly never heard the two combined so fluidly, and there's nothing but quality steadily streaming from throughout the riffs and compositions that Memfis places on display here – only a few of which top the four-minute mark (though the album does tend to play through almost as though it's one complete whole). I don't know, while I'm still a fan of Opeth and Burst, this album actually contains some of the much-needed energy and zest that both of those bands have been lacking in recent years. There are just a ton of awesome little smooth melodies and roving bass runs, a great recording… it's just a really cool album all in all.