Vereor Deus Non Dogma

An Album By

Mayfly

Review by

“We’re nu-metal.”

That’s how Troy, Ohio’s Mayfly described the band in a recent Facebook post. Generally a term dodged by most every nu-metal band since 1995, Mayfly wear it proudly as they unleash their debut EP, Vereor Deus Non Dogma (Fear God Not Dogma). As a longtime nu-metal listener and fan, I expected heavy, down-tuned single-note riffs, dark melodies and grooving breakdowns – none of which I found. Instead, Mayfly brought driving, metalcore-tinged radio rock.

Not to say it isn’t competent by any means – Adam Thompson’s drumming is fantastic, singer Jared Lacey’s vocals are spot on and his choruses are catchy. Some of the better moments of Vereor hearken to a time when heavier radio rock was actually interesting, songs like “Skylights” and “Infidel Castro” feel like some of Incubus’ earlier material. The closing song (I think I’ll pretend the completely unnecessary remix at the end isn’t there) “Fiasco” is definitely the high point, akin to Around the Fur-era Deftones.

Unfortunately, much of this EP feels phoned-in. These guys definitely know how to write songs and play their instruments, but too much of it feels like a band that’s just trying to play a style (“nu-metal” to them), instead of trying to be interesting or fresh or push the genre. I feel like I’ve heard songs like “Jihad” (featuring Staple’s Darren Keim) and “Eternal Respiration” a thousand times before.

Not much new ground is being explored lyrically, but Mayfly is at their best when writing lyrics that are more introspective and poetic (“Skylights”) than overtly political or ideological (“Jihad” and “Infidel Castro”).

I think Mayfly has the chops and the skills to write a killer album, but in the end, this EP leaves the listener wanting much more. If I were Mayfly, I’d ditch the radio rock, tune my guitars down three steps, take my chops and write a heavy, grooving, real nu-metal record.

Until then, fans of Tooth and Nail’s heavier rock bands like Dead Poetic or Spoken will feel right at home listening to Vereor Deus, Non Dogma.

Features

Comrades 2020

Becoming Comrades

The trio of Comrades – husband and wife Joe and Laura McElroy alongside drummer John Gaskil – is used to living in a van and touring the country. Now, their new normal has provided them with a moment to "be adults" for once. We recently sat down with the McElroys to talk more about the spiritual reality within life, how soon they'll be able to release new music, and how koalas are their new normal.

By

Photo by Quinsey Sablan

Full Feature
Tigerwine 2020

A Disparate Vintage

On Tigerwine's latest, 'Nothing is for You,' vocalist and lyricist Trobee departs from the band's last effort as a concept record to write about an array subjects. Notably, Trobee tackles his evolution from rigid belief system to an acceptance and understanding of other ideas: "Through touring and becoming close with those very people I was taught to be afraid of, I realized how untrue it all is."

By

Full Feature
Employed to Serve

Forward Under a Dying Sun

Most of these days, the sun rises and sets on a world that feels like it's dying. Across the pond, where Employed to Serve calls home, they're learning how to support their latest record a year into its release. HM contributor Andrew Voigt recently sat down with Justine Jones to learn more about the band, marrying your bandmates, and their outside shot at touring with Rammstein.

By

Full Feature
All Features