Fall – The Dreamer of Tragedy

Rating: 3/5
Distributor/label URL: Independent
Released: 2018
Buy Album: https://fall1.bandcamp.com/album/the-dreamer-of-tragedy-2
Band Website: https://www.facebook.com/fall.music/

Band line-up:

Jessie Santos – Rhythm guitar/lead guitar/vocals
David Gutierrez – Bass
Daniel Benavides – Rhythm guitar/lead guitar
Lorenzo Perez – Drums

Tracklisting:

1.) Ascend
2.) Defender
3.) Heir to Silence
4.) Longing Spirits

Review:

The Dreamer of Tragedy is the second album from US-based group Fall. It’s labelled as a full-length album, though only clocks in at 25 minutes across four songs, so feels more like an EP. But whatever it is, LP or EP, it’s a release of two halves, one of which works a lot better than the other.

The overall style that comes readily to mind is melodic metalcore, though one with a range of other influences to spice things up. Killswitch Engage is called to mind, but here it’s done in a more melancholic manner, with some progressive elements and post-metal traces. The end product isn’t quite as cerebral or soundscape-y, but there are certainly some similarities to Isis or Ghost Brigade in here.

Like a lot of metalcore bands, Fall rely on a mixture of soft and hard parts presented as a contrast to one another. These softer parts are the firm highlights here. Jessie Santos has a superb voice for it, wonderfully emotive, like Jesse Leach at the top of his game. These parts aren’t just your typical melodic metalcore fare either, often incorporating progressive or atmospheric elements. When they really dive into this, it can call to mind Novembre or some of Devin Townsend’s works (just listen to the closing minute or so of “Heir to Silence” and tell me it doesn’t sound like Terria or Synchestra). Such moments can go beyond simply being enjoyably melodic and move into downright stirring territory, with a lilting, ethereal quality (see the opening of “Ascend”).

The harsher sections certainly do contrast this, but unfortunately they do so in terms of quality instead of just style. In short, they feel tacked on and unnecessary, like the band felt they needed to pay lip service to so many others who do this. They’re disjointed, and only exist for the sake of it, breaking the flow of the song rather than building upon it. It just feels like it’s trying too hard to be typically metalcore aggressive.

It’s a damn shame, because the rest has some real promise, and could become something genuinely interesting. I want to rate this higher, but I’d be doing so based on potential rather than actual product. Here’s hoping that, going forward, Fall can break out of some of the superfluous genre tropes they occasionally let themselves get bogged down in.

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Review by:

Kieron Hayes

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