The Troy, Ohio based up and coming nu-metal band Mayfly are set to release their debut EP Vereor Deus, Non Dogma next Tuesday (2/11) on Voluminous Records but, courtesy of the label, you don’t have to wait any longer to hear the album, as you can stream it in its entirety below. While you’re listening you can read more about the album below. There’s a link to our recent review of the album as well.
The album title “Vereor Deus, Non Dogma” (releasing February 11, 2014) is a Latin phrase which translates as “Fear God, Not Dogma.” The band injects provocative conceptual elements into the imagery surrounding their work. The album cover was shot at the same time as the upcoming video for the first single “Eternal Respiration.” Some from the “family friendly” crowd might consider the imagery overly graphic or devoid of redeeming value, but deeper analysis unearths the true grit of the message they seek to convey: in this day and age Christianity is under attack. An ominous future portends that Christians might be forced to choose between a belief in Christ and their very lives. So the underlying message encourages the listener to choose this day whom he/she will call master.
The politically-charged message of the Ohio-based band tackles many of today’s most serious political and social issues head on. The blood curdling screams of vocalist/guitarist Jared Lacey fuse with the aural assault of lead guitarist Joel “Swamp Fox” Holycross and bassist Tony Joe “Bertolli” Ford as well as the jackhammer-like drumming of Adam Thompson to forge a mammoth wall of sound. Reminiscent of some of the greatest Nu-Metal bands of the past (think old Deftones), Mayfly’s live show exudes a sweaty, testosterone-laden charisma that is earning them a reputation as a “can’t miss” live act throughout the Midwest. They’re busy earning fans the hard way – one at a time.
Bassist Ford and guitarist Holycross were friends and mutual members of previous projects (Truth End Ever, Gold Plated Ocean, Toxemia) before coming together under the banner of Mayfly. Vocalist/guitarist Jared Lacey later joined the band after meeting Holycross at a concert they both attended. Thompson joined the band in late 2012 to complete the current lineup. Speaking on the lyrical content for the songs, lead guitarist Joel states, “the lyrics are filled with a lot of political angst. We see a lot of propaganda in society these days and seek to reveal what is often hidden behind the fog of what remains untold. We’re really just interested in discovering the truth in all things.”
The album was produced by Justin Moore whose recording credits include Red Morning Voyage, Corpus Christi, The Beneath and Great American Beast.
“Eternal Respiration,” the first ordinance from Mayfly’s arsenal, will also receive a video treatment shortly. The video is expected to be ready around the same time as the EP release. In reference to the song, Holycross reveals “the song came about as Tony, our bass player, was smoking a cigarette. He made a comment asking ‘how can I speak truth about life when I’m inhaling death every day?’ So he took that theme and ran with it. So the song is basically about the human condition and rising above the things that drag us down.”