Reviewed! Your Memorial - Redirect

Your Memorial
Facedown Records

While Your Memorial’s sophomoric effort Redirect isn’t all that bad of a record, it sounds like little more than a continuation of their 2010 debut Atonement, and yes, that’s closer to a backhanded compliment than anything else. Though they made the right decision to lean a bit more on a clean vocal approach, that fact alone can’t the album. Yes, there are some quality tracks here to sink your teeth into, like “Shipwreck,” which not so coincidentally houses some of the albums best guitar work, but those moments are, unfortunately, balanced out by more generic offerings such as the lackluster title track. “Anthem” is another highlight driven by standout fretwork, as the chugging riffs drive the rest of the outing. But speaking of that new found affection for the use of clean singing, Redirect shines when the clean/aggressive vocal dynamic comes to the forefront (“Trial and Triumph,” “Transform”), though again, those positive returns are coupled with negative ones, such as the albums confusing penchant for instrumental tracks (“The Substance of Things Hoped For…,” “…Evidence of Things Unseen”). It’s understandable that the instrumental efforts were included in order to add a bit of atmosphere, but for the most part they weigh down the album. Honestly, outside of a few choice cuts, Redirect sounds rehashed and tired, but if you took the time to check out Atonement, then you’ll more than likely give Redirect a spin, though you should go into that experience with your expectations tempered – you’ll enjoy things much more that way.

Grade: C
Go Download: "Trial  and Triumph"