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Mae West “Mae West”

Posted on Monday, April 11th, 2011 at 10:56PM by Aaron Kempton
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“Mae West”

Genre: Metalcore
Label: Unsigned
Format: Digital Album
Year: 2011

01. Brazilionaire
02. Mud Bananas
03. Even Higher
04. Phalewent
05. Cold Mountain Sandwiches
06. Whoapez

Though a couple members of Mae West have been jamming together since 2005, it was not until later in 2010 that Mae West was formed. Hailing from Lancaster and Palmdale California, better known as the Antelope Valley, Mae West’s influences range from progressive metal, to pop and hip hop. They finished up their self-titled EP in the summer of 2010, and released it for download on March 2nd, 2011. At the current time, Mae West remains unsigned.

The EP starts off with a track titled “Brazilionaire.” It allows its listeners to see what’s in store for this particular EP, and more importantly, what this band is capable of, not only musically, but vocally.

The second track, and my personal favorite, is titled “Mud Bananas.” This track is everything that a melody-fused hardcore song should be. The song quickly shows off the singer, Brian Torsney’s, ability to go from a melodic approach, to one the depths of hell could appreciate. Aside from Brian’s vocals, one can’t help but notice Max Sabate on the drums. His speed and ability to hold beat with such a fast pace presented brings the track together perfectly. “Move!”

The rest of the album flows together nicely, with each song presenting something new. “Even Higher” reminded me of A Day To Remember in their “And Their Name Was Treason” years, with a different style of vocals from Torsney. This EP is easily my favorite thus far in 2011, and will hopefully pave the way for Mae West. Respect.

Comments (4)

  1. amber c wrote:
    April 11, 2011 at 11:25 pm

    i love everything that i have heard so far, brazillionaire is personally my fav. moshing as we speak :)

  2. Teshia Wickline wrote:
    April 11, 2011 at 11:30 pm

    I would have to say that I totally agree with your review on this band! The vocals are phenomenal and the album is very well put together. I listened to every song, but I must say, “Mud Bananas” was most definitely at the top of my list! It’s a little bit of everything captivated into one song. And major props to the drummer. His talent is amazing!! I’ll def be listening to this band a lot more!

  3. Crummy wrote:
    April 11, 2011 at 11:44 pm

    Whoapez is on the top of my list….however I love them all! From one drummer to another I take my hat off to you my man!!!! The vocals have a very nice range, not just stuck in one dimension amazing guitar riffs and just an overall clean sound!

  4. Steven. wrote:
    April 13, 2011 at 8:11 pm

    The drums are good but i feel that the vocals sound like every other band out there. And the the guitar riffs, Come on man… the same shit time after time in all your songs. CHANGE IT UPPP!!!. maybe thats why your not signed.

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