REVIEW: Mireau – ‘The World In Your Way’

Irish metal band Mireau released their debut album The World In Your Way through Redfield Digital today. The highly anticipated album features collaborations with popular artists and has even drawn comparisons by fans to fellow UK Nationals, Asking Alexandria.

The album kicks off with “Dead Famous;” a song ripe with breakdowns, chugs and all of the heavy an opening song could ever need. Front-man Ryan Nixon’s harsh vocals are nestled perfectly within the instrumentation as he screams out “money makes the world go round” to set off the first of many explosive breakdowns.

While this track is not inherently unique from music created by their peers, their ability to electrify an audience from the jump certainly helps to dissuade listeners from leaving.

The album boasts collaborations with Matty Mullins of Memphis May Fire and Austin Thornton formerly of Woe Is Me. While the first of the two collaborations, title track “The World In Your Way”, may not be particularly memorable when the dust has settled, it does feature strong vocal work from the Memphis May Fire front-man whose pristine singing meshes very well alongside the gritty barking of Nixon.

The second collaboration may be memorable for a different reason. “”No Light For You” provides the stage for Austin Thornton’s vocal debut. Thornton, who had only been known as a drummer, saw his moment come in the last leg of the song just before an acoustic breakdown. Bearing in mind that it was his first time providing vocals, Thornton’s addition neither furthered nor hindered the progression of the song.

The album continues with “Common Ground”, “Down & Out”, and “How To Bury A Millionaire” and unfortunately this is about where they begin to bury themselves. The songs up to this point have either been engaging on their own or standing on the merit of collaborations with other artists. But as sounds begin to run together and become indistinguishable due to heavy reliance on chugs, they drown out the nuances that initially make this album a worthwhile listen.

In conclusion, Mireau’s debut begins as a decent album you know that you’ve heard before, but are still able to find a scattering of mosh-worthy moments. The tipping point for “The World In Your Way” comes after the halfway mark is passed and you find that repetition still prevails, causing you to wonder if they have anything else up their sleeve for the duration of the album. All in all, this release does not lend itself well to breaking free of metal-core’s cookie cutter stigma and establishing Mireau as a future force to be reckoned with.