Release DetailsLABEL Victory
RELEASED ON 10/31/2006
I Saw The Devil Last Night And Now The Sun Shines Bright
posted on 11/2006 By:
Up front – let me apologize for this uncharacteristically short review as brevity certainly isn’t in my nature. I just want to get this review written, posted and lashed at before I gently put Moros Eros and their first outing, under the moniker I saw the Devil Last Night and Now the Sun Shines Bright, to the wayside, forget who they are and wish them luck on their way to Hot Topic supremacy.
Moros Eros confidently exist somewhere just beyond the doors opened by the likes of Modest Mouse, Deathcab for Cutie and other acts that have contributed to the metamorphosis of the ‘indie’ prefix from noun to adjective. Granted they don’t take any of their musical cues from the aforementioned ‘indie’ megastars – the band certainly personify that retro-rock, ‘indie’ fad that is slowly seeing Davey Havok dethroned by Brandon Flowers as the new teenage fashion icon. Sure, throw the old adage about books and their covers at me – but if I’ve learned anything about the post 1999 Victory crop – it is that they don’t deal in records but in packages. Basically, what you see is what you get.
Marketable aesthetics aside, musically, the band aren’t the standard Victory emo/mosh/scream– core band their cutesy art and album title might suggest, but rather a more ‘indie’ rock oriented band with dancey keys and catchy hooks. I’d liken it to a more pop version of a Quaalude comatose Blood Brothers. That is to say one without sassy screams, up tempo flair or noticeable aggression. Generally, there are some good melodies to be had on the album but really nothing that’s going to have any metal sophisticate sacrificing time or money to seek out. Understandably, this is about as far from metal as it can be – but given the audience here, let’s be honest – this probably won’t carry much appeal.
Of course, if you come tend to enjoy metalcore or emo with a serious melodic alter ego, have an appreciation for other poppy Victory bands such as Action Action or simply think Tony Brummel can do no wrong – by all means check out Moros Eros. I do think the band will take off with the more high school aged, ex-emo crowd, but imagining much of a crossover appeal to metal fans is a stretch. They certainly aren’t an abomination of sorts – but they are certainly little more than a trendy alamode band – good for some decent pop hooks but little else.
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