by Katie Sauro
Like a female version of Chino Moreno, Lacey Mosley’s vocals can vary from cloyingly sweet to beautifully operatic to harsh, cutting screeches and screams – and all in the same song.
Mosley, frontwoman for new metal/hardcore band Flyleaf, shrieks her way through six powerful, emotionally-driven songs on the band’s self-titled debut E.P. Oft-compared to the likes of Moreno’s Deftones, as well as Evanescence, Flyleaf is a mix of metal, hard rock, grunge, and screamo, with a slight hint of punk. There are a few things that set this particular band apart, however.
First is their evident belief in Christianity, as many of Flyleaf’s songs revolve around God. Second, the songs on the album aren’t simply loud and angry scream-fests, but are powerfully-written narratives of sadness, depression, and suicide. Clearly they’re not your typical preachy, bible-thumping Christian-rock band.
The first song on the album, as well as the band’s new single, “I’m So Sick,” begins with a short solo by Mosley, her voice high and pretty, before she emits a deafening scream, and an onslaught of guitars and drums comes crashing down. The rest of the songs are similar, all with crunchy, heavy guitars underlying Mosley’s vocals, sometimes singing, sometimes yelling at the top of her lungs.
Mosley and company’s brand of music is quite popular today, with bands such as My Chemical Romance and the aforementioned Evanescence garnering airplay on radio stations and on MTV, so it is quite probable that Flyleaf will soon be swept up in commercial success, as well.
Flyleaf’s debut full-length album will be released October 4, 2005.