When we reviewed Abandon The Fall’s ‘Enemy’ single back in August 2018, Amelia Vandergast likened them to Linkin Park’s ‘Hybrid Theory’, saying ‘the vocals are stripped back and left emotionally bare around the resounding instrumentals’. In the case of ‘Memories’, from new EP ‘Infinite Seasons’, Abandon The Fall have taken that a step further and provided an instrumental track bereft of vocals altogether. It’s not, however, bereft of power or melancholy, that same electronic-meets-metal vibe that was there on the debut coming through across the track. There’s definitely that Linkin Park feel at times, but with thundering kick drums aplenty behind the shimmering, echoey guitars, there’s touches of Enter Shikari and 30 Seconds To Mars in here too. It’s a potent, powerful track with no loss of emotiveness from its instrumental-only nature.
You can hear ‘Memories’ on Spotify; check out Abandon The Fall on Facebook.
Alt-Rock fourpiece Sahara Line has cooked up a progressively fierce storm with their single “Plead”. Any fans of Muse, 30 Seconds to Mars and Pink Floyd are going to want to pay it some serious attention.
Plead defies the Geographical constraints which constrict so Liverpool-based artists, Sahara Line will put the city back on the aural map with a completely new scuzzy Prog Rock sound. But if you immerse yourself deep enough in the track, you’ll get to pull out the psychedelically mind-warping nuances which the city is famous for.
The pulsating distorted rhythms may bring a sludgy amount of doom to the gothic soundscape, but the striking vocals cut right through it, with crystal-clear harmonies which will crawl under your ribs, it’s safe to say that Sahara Line is one of the most exciting acts around in the UK right now. Their completely authentic, soul-quakingly evocative sound is exactly what the airwaves need.
You can check out Plead for yourselves by heading over to SoundCloud now.
With bands like Ascending Dawn it is easy to see the link between metal and classical music. Their music captures the same scope and grandeur, the same theatricality and dynamics that defined the biggest and most intricate end of symphonic composers such as Beethoven and Wagner. Sitting somewhere between progressive rock and technical metal, they paint widescreen musical pictures which wander between big rock sounds and more ambient interludes, between vibrant sonic oil paintings and more minimal water colour washes.
Metal often falls into very cliched camps, the growling, shouty bluster of the new breed and the classic and dated sound of the old-school, thankfully Ascending Dawn remind us that there is another way. It is one which matches power against deft musicality, structurally interesting meanderings with tight and exacting music skills, soaring vocals with soothing melodies. Maybe it is music born of contradictions, maybe it is just better thought out than most of its contemporaries, maybe they are just really good at their job. It doesn’t really matter which is true (I suspect all are true) as long as they keep doing it.
The Falling are an exciting band offering an innovative take on indie rock and pop. Their recent release, “Carry On”, is a perfect example of the artist’s innovative and direct twist, showcasing what the band can bring to the table.
What really strikes me about The Falling’s music is certainly the band’s remarkable ability to find a compromise between textures and melodies. The dense atmosphere in the track is almost palpable. Sitting here listening with my headphones, I feel really entranced into the song, as if I was right there, experiencing the musical landscape on a first-hand basis. The ability to create a fully immersive musical experience should not be taken lightly, as very few artists are able to create such a deeply engaging tone in a setting such as pop/rock music, which generally could fall flat at times.
On the other hand, The Falling managed to keep their new song appealing and direct, while retaining a lot of credibility and vision. Who said catchy music could not be authentic and inspirational?
Since forming in 2009, The Rift have played alongside the likes of Exodus, Yngwie Malmsteen, The Misfits, and more as well as receiving nominations at the Hollywood Music Awards and Ventura County Music Awards. Now, 2016’s full-length debut INVENTIONS crystallizes their one-two punch of technically intricate instrumentation and hypnotic hard rook hooks evocative of Thirty Seconds To Mars, Stone Temple Pilots and Foo Fighters.
“We wanted to make songs that hit hard, but you can sing along to at the same time,” adds ARIS (vocals/guitar). “Sometimes, we go bluesy-rock and other times there are tinges of punk/metal. We explore different styles while keeping a solid, real sound.”