You’ve probably heard about Italians and how they sometimes work in mysterious ways with different mixes of styles (EPHEL DUATH, say no more!), well, here’s another bizarre tale for you.
Starting with the name MORTALI IRAE (the title of this CD btw) and playing Black Metal, the four guys out of Bergamo soon changed into M.IRE playing some kind of sad Modern Melodic Rock/Metal, now that’s a drastic change if you ask me.
What I’m hearing on this self produced CD is not bad; some people might back away when they hear growling vocals on a Rock CD, I don’t, I like them and find them to be used refreshingly just like the accessible atmosphere is very easy to get into.
You could say that the album has an avantgardish touch, for all the wrong reasons. They’re not trying to throw everything at you all at once, they’re not trying to show off, what makes this CD click is the uncommon fashion of the playing technique, production and arrangements. The closest comparison I can make is KATATONIA (yes, some lead guitars have that “simplicity & catchiness” trademark marked on them) with more Rock elements than Metal banging... and those growls that I mentioned.
The band is incredibly varied when delivering their Rock compositions, “The Following Day” and “Waiting For You” would have fitted well into the tracklist of “Viva Emptiness” if it had better vocals. The vocals, yes, well, they’re ok, but lack expression, it’s obvious that whoever’s singing is trying to impersonate a numb and careless Jonas Renkse, the songs are almost better off without them.
M.IRE have done good on “Mortali Irae”, they’ve got the minimum’s music wise but the chances of getting signed are better if they work on the vocals, I’m talking both delivery and arrangement here. (Online August 25, 2004)