Blending southern and hard rock with nu metal, A Memory Down has released their first album; “Man Apart.” As described on the band’s website, www.amemorydown.com, the songs contained in “Man Apart,” “touch on the truth of our own mortality.”
Their first single off the debut album, “Long Black Train,” showcases the mortality sentiment perfectly. Lead singer Phil LeBlanc’s grungy, growling voice speaks from inside the mind of a man on his deathbed.
“It’s here to punch my ticket, carry me home. You see the long black train, it’s here to collect my soul.”
As the man moves closer and closer to the edge of death, he expresses remorse for the things he’s done and the things he never had the chance to do. As the fast-tempoed cymbal, representing the man’s heartbeat, begins to slow, his last words are,
“I’m not ready to go.”
“The Letter,” a slower paced single off their album, A Memory Down shows more of their southern side. LeBlanc melodically sings with less growl in his voice, while Ryan Wagner, on rhythm guitar and keys, and David Leon, on lead guitar, play with more of a country twang. “The Letter” also tells the tale of a man in his final moments, reflecting on his life, as he writes a letter to his loved ones he will soon leave behind.
With touching and inspiring lyrics, a range of vocal abilities and hard-hitting musical composition, “Man Apart” is an album you should definitely check out. It is available in digital format on all your favorite music purchasing software.