M D M P’s “Day One” does not go gentle into that good night. An incredible hard rock fury proves to be of the essence of the sound. Such an immersive experience they craft every track with the utmost of care. Grunge, arena rock, psychedelic, electronic, indie, industrial, metal, there is a wide swath of genres they bring into the furious, fiery sound. By far though the true core of the atmosphere rests with the commanding vocals that rise above the rest of the din. Lyrics here have a poignancy to them for they touch the very soul.
The references abound throughout, as M D M P opt to take from the 90s in a way that feels respectful. Alice in Chains’ haunted spirit definitely runs through much of this, as there is a sense of tragedy that underpins much of the lyricism. On the sheer density of the album, there are bits of Pearl Jam’s early work that pop into the equation. With the metal side of things, the true sense of threat, a bit of Earth’s tectonic presence on the heavier riffs for they virtually crush everything in their path.
A neat amount of experimentation opens the album up with the determined “We Will Get Through This”. On “Chains” we introduced to the vocalist for the piece features a limberness to it, with a gorgeous low end. Economic driving rhythms take hold on the intense “Just Like You”. “Forgotten Days” holds literally nothing back for its aggressive stance has a massiveness to it. Droning on through is the reflective presence of “Kneeling Scars” with the drum work in particular gaining a rather deft nimbleness. Industrial aesthetics reign supreme with the gritty “Learn (feat. EJ King)”. Quite expansive the soaring “See You” has a wild animalistic quality underneath. Diving deep into a dark electro aesthetic is the surreal dream state of “W@i5td”. Riffs gain a razor-sharp focus as “Maybe Just Once” features a grandeur to it. Never stopping the aptly named “Never Ending Night (feat. Goober Gun)” sprawls out into the infinite. Celebration of the wide-open spaces “Open Road” has a yearning passion to it. Letting things get hypnotic is the mystical trance explored with “Chosen One”.
“Strength (feat. Dayshell)” has a wide-eyed fury for the buildup of the atmosphere has a realness to it. The drumming helps to lend “Coffee” a slowcore aspect, touching upon some of Codeine’s aesthetic. Forlorn to a large degree the tragic “Path to Nowhere” presents a sense of loss. Racing on through at double-time the speed of “Something More” has a wall of sound quality cascading in a way that feels oddly soothing. Elements of hip-hop and funk center the tripped-out “Bowl Cut”. Louder and louder “Greed” goes for a meditation of sorts, a loud one. Working itself into a frenzy is the uninhibited “Black Label (With Cola Remix)” featuring some exquisite guitar athletics. Down into the grit of the things is the raw passion of “Goodbye, Liar”. On “Stars (A Message to My Child)” they strip things down to the essentials. A pure dream world exists on the contemplative “Stars (A Message to My Child)”. Deft with a jazzy kick “Status Quo” reflects upon the zeitgeist in a way that feels timely. Bursting at the seams “Rocket Baby” furiously works out in a way that has a metallic churn. “Stuck” has a bit of hopelessness to it whilst the rest of the band longs to be let free. Virtually tribal in its aura “23” moves in a ritualistic fashion. Bringing the epic adventure to a fine finale is the tropical dub of “Coffee (Island Remix) (feat. Chris Sione)”.
Done with the utmost of strength and power, M D M P revels in the smallest of details to the largest of gestures on the fully fleshed out aural universe of “Day One”.