Lies to Light the Way

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Lies to Light the Way
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Studio album by
ReleasedOctober 29, 2013 (2013-10-29)
Recorded2013
StudioChango Studios[1]
GenreMetalcore
Length40:21
LabelArtery Recordings
ProducerCameron Mizell
Myka Relocate chronology
Self Portrait as a Frozen Father
(2008)
Lies to Light the Way
(2013)
The Young Souls
(2015)

Lies to Light the Way is the second studio album by American metalcore band Myka Relocate. Released on 29 October 2013, the work was produced by Cameron Mizell[2] and published by Artery Recordings.[3] The album ranked No.22 on Top Heatseekers.[4]

Background[edit]

In early 2013,[1] after parting ways with percussionist Sam Albarado, the band recruited Aaron Robertson to perform on drums.[2] Midway through the year[1] the ensemble was signed by Artery Recordings.[2]

Composition[edit]

Vocalist John Ritter refers to debut single "Doublespeak" as "a big middle finger to those people" who caused the ensemble to be "dragged in the dirt in the past and played like chess pieces". He goes on to say that "if they didn't do what they did, we wouldn't be as aggressive in making this happen", and that this is the meaning of album title "Lies to Light the Way". The vocalist then described "Useless" as "one of [their] meanest songs", alluding to "rock stars" and "people who take their positions for granted, exploit their fame, and have overbearing egos".[5]

Promotion[edit]

In September 2013, the title of their album was announced as Lies to Light the Way. At that time, "Doublespeak" was broadcast as the first single from the album.[6] To promote the album, the group toured in late 2013 with This or the Apocalypse, Honour Crest and Tear Out the Heart on The Browning's "The Hypernova Tour".[7]

On 24 October 2013, a full stream of the studio album was made available to the public.[8] At the beginning of 2014, the band published "Something to Dream About", the very first music video from the ensemble[9] followed by a live music video of "Useless".[10] In the latter part of that year, a music video for "Playing It Safe"[11] along with a lyric video for "Admitting The Truth" were published.[12] In early 2015, the group published an acoustic version of their debut music video.[13]

Critical reception[edit]

Carl Schulz of The Snapper newspaper at Millersville University describes the album as being "praised for its distinctive clashes between gripping unclean vocals provided by John Ritter, bone-crushing breakdowns, and sugary-sweet clean vocals".[14] The Door night club in Deep Ellum describes the work as "twelve tracks that segue from gnashing technical guitars into immediately irresistible refrains", going on to say that "Electronic flourishes color the sound at points, while every element falls into an impenetrable groove reminiscent of Deftones or Sleeping with Sirens".[15] Ryan De Freitas of DEAD PRESS! likened the group to Memphis May Fire and Kellin Quinn portraying the tunes as "pretty infectious when it’s at it’s best and with a bit of refining and more sporadic usage" continuing on to state that "Some of the better [tracks] could easily reach [anthemic heights]".[16] Kriston McConnell of Under the Gun Review however, compared Swank's vocals to those of Andy Leo from Crown The Empire.[17]

Track listing[edit]

All tracks are written by Myka Relocate.

No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."Revolve" 1:11
2."Dead Ties" 3:09
3."Something to Dream About" 3:44
4."The Inevitable" 3:45
5."Natural Separation" 3:03
6."Useless" (feat. Tyler Smith) 4:24
7."Doublespeak" 3:14
8."Playing It Safe" (feat. Jonny Craig) 3:44
9."The Answer"Drew Fulk / Myka Relocate3:34
10."Dry Spell"Drew Fulk / Myka Relocate3:39
11."Cold War"Drew Fulk / Myka Relocate3:08
12."Admitting the Truth" 3:46
Total length:40:21

Personnel[edit]

  • John Ritter - vocals
  • Michael Swank - vocals
  • Luke Burleigh - bass
  • Austin Doré - guitar, programming
  • Josh Peltier - guitar
  • Aaron Robertson - drums[1]

Chart history[edit]

Chart (2013) Peak
position
Heatseekers Albums[18] 22

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d "Myka, Relocate Signs With The Artery Foundation". Blabbermouth.net. 2013-07-18. Retrieved 2015-12-15.
  2. ^ a b c "Myka, Relocate Biography - ARTISTdirect Music". Artistdirect.com. Retrieved 2015-12-15.
  3. ^ "Lies to Light the Way by Myka Relocate @ARTISTdirect". Artistdirect.com. 2013-10-29. Retrieved 2015-12-15.
  4. ^ Biography by Mark Deming. "Myka, Relocate | Awards". AllMusic. Retrieved 2015-12-15.
  5. ^ "The Door Clubs". The Door Clubs. Retrieved 20 January 2016.
  6. ^ "Myka, Relocate announce 'Lies To Light The Way' album details - News - Alternative Press". Altpress.com. 2013-09-16. Retrieved 2015-12-15.
  7. ^ "MYKA, RELOCATE - Debut Album Details Revealed". bravewords.com. Retrieved 21 December 2015.
  8. ^ "EXCLUSIVE: Myka, Relocate Stream Full Album, 'Lies To Light The Way'". Purevolume.com. Retrieved 2015-12-15.
  9. ^ "Video Premiere: Myka, Relocate - "Something to Dream About"". Alternative Press. Retrieved 21 December 2015.
  10. ^ "Myka Relocate - Under the Gun Review". underthegunreview.net. Retrieved 21 December 2015.
  11. ^ "VIDEO: Myka, Relocate – Playing It Safe (feat. Jonny Craig)". DEAD PRESS! - Alternative music news, reviews, interviews and more!. Retrieved 21 January 2016.
  12. ^ "VIDEO: Myka, Relocate – Admitting The Truth (Lyric)". DEAD PRESS! - Alternative music news, reviews, interviews and more!. Retrieved 21 January 2016.
  13. ^ Loebsack, Michelle (2015-02-02). "Myka, Relocate Post Acoustic Video For "Something to Dream About"". Highlightmagazine.net. Retrieved 2015-12-15.
  14. ^ "Myka Relocate establish metalcore relevance with "The Young Souls"". The Snapper: Millersville University. Retrieved 21 December 2015.
  15. ^ "The Door Clubs". The Door Clubs. Retrieved 21 December 2015.
  16. ^ "ALBUM: Myka, Relocate – Lies To Light The Way". DEAD PRESS! - Alternative music news, reviews, interviews and more!. Retrieved 21 December 2015.
  17. ^ Kriston McConnell (2013-10-14). "REVIEW: Myka, Relocate – 'Lies To Light The Way'". Underthegunreview.net. Retrieved 2015-12-15.
  18. ^ "Myka, Relocate - Chart history". Billboard. Retrieved 2015-12-15.