Crossover is a term that I hear getting thrown around a lot lately. Typically being used to describe bands that cross two or more musical genres or sub-genres in the creation of their sound. Having heard this term used in relation to fast risers on the local scene, The Fall of Man, I would have to agree with this appraisal upon listening to this debut release from the band. The guys manage to successfully blend elements of rock, core and metal on this record, so perhaps Enlightenment is an apt title.
This Ep opens commandingly with Pathogen. You are greeted with tremolo guitars over a nice breakdown groove, which quickly switches to an up tempo verse, Justin Camilleri blares ‘Like open flesh to flies, Infected by your lies. Played to the masses, By the masters of deceit!‘. The scene is set.
Shoryuken is the party song of this record. Fast paced, up tempo. It sounds as though Cam Butler & Ben Clarke get to have a bit of fun on the back-ups on this track, all while Ben keeps that rockin’ groove. The funky, wah based middle eight is a great moment for me, kudos to Cam Butler & Nick Ballantyne.
I think Redemption would most definitely have to be the stand out track. Opening with a sublime clean intro, that has this lazy, rainy day kind of feel. The guitars then crunch into this early Dysfunction era Staind meets Mastadon style epic pre-verse, I guess you would call it. The break down at the 3.25 mark however, has no hint of Staind or Mastadon I’m afraid to say. But definitely a hint of Meshuggah on the lead tone. Great work on pulling that tone.
Dom Castledine’s bass shines no higher than on the intro to Inferno Ascending I feel. Nice fast guitars with some big fat bass pull-offs, this intro is attention grabbing.
Before I talk about the final track and round up this review, I would like to touch on the production. I know some like a record that is beat corrected and note perfect. But I must say I do like a well produced record, that still sounds like the musicians actually performed it. Botch were the masters of this, and this is what you get here. It is not perfect production, but that is not to say it is bad. No quite the contrary, the production is quite good. I love the rawness that is there. This record sounds great, but you can also hear the musicians playing it. You can hear the strings flapping around on the intro to Fear of A Dying Breed. You can hear the beater attack on the drums. You can hear the room in the vocal mix. This makes you feel like you are right there in the room with the band. Right there at a show with them. It works for me.
All in all, The Fall of Man have produced an intelligent record for their debut release. In Enlightenment you get some well thought out, mature songwriting… even with a little fun thrown in the mix: ‘Oh, You up in my shit, You fucking hypocrite, I’ll fucking beat you down!‘ – opening lines to Shoryuken, case and point. haha
Make sure you grab a copy!! \m/
The Fall Of Man will be launching their debut EP on Thursday the 7th on June @ Wired at Black Betty’s!
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