Fordirelifesake – S/T EP

This self-titled EP marks the debut recording of Michigan metalcore destroyers, Fordirelifesake. This record is actually a re-release, put out once again with wider-distribution due to the growing demand for the band’s material following their debut full-length, Breathing in is Only Half the Function. FDLS specialize in modern melodic metalcore, mixing hardcore rhythms and breakdowns with intertwining guitar work indicative of the Swedish metal scene. The number of bands who play this particular style has grown exponentially in the past couple of years, and it’s coming increasingly difficult for bands to distinguish themselves. Even though Fordirelifesake don’t manage to bring much stylistic originality to the table, they represent the style very well.
“Four Letter Lie” kicks off this four-song EP with a pensive minute-and-a-half build featuring alternating emo/hardcore vocals before the metal guitar attack kicks in. The CD booklet doesn’t list who plays lead guitar at what times so I don’t know who to give the props to, but the lead guitar harmony on this song is outstanding. The sweet, noodling melody is the focus of the song; its sound taking precendence over all the other instruments. But its not a one-guitar show, this track also manages to showcase my favorite part of the melodic Swedish metal of bands like In Flames and Dark Tranquillity, the intertwined and intricate guitars. FDLS borrows from them well and does not foul it up in the least.
The third track on this EP, “The Perfect Way to Cut Myself,” is complimented by an acoustic interlude, an element of metalcore thats used often (maybe overly so). With that said, it still provides a nice segue here. “The Perfect Way to Cut Myself” is definitely the most completely metal song FDLS provides us and shows that the band is familiar with death metal innovators Carcass and At the Gates. The last song here, “She Loves Me Not,” is a seven-minute opus that contains a tumultuous mixture of quiet and loud. Six minutes in there is a very moody spoken-word part and pensive build up that leads into an epic-sounding finish.
For fans of this genre, the music of Fordirelifesake is nothing new or outstanding, but for those unfortunate people who haven’t been exposed to FDLS’s particular style of melodic and catchy metalcore, this is totally worth checking out.