DEAD TO FALL - Everything I Touch Falls To Pieces

Dead To Fall - Everything I Touch Falls To Pieces

11 songs
38:25 minutes
***** ****


I first heard Dead To Fall on the Victory Style 5 label compilation, but have to confess that I didn't notice them there particularly because their song Graven Image was put nearly at the very end of the CD. Now that they finally released their debut full length CD, I saw immediately what I was missing out on them.

Can hardcore music become any more metal than this? Or is this already (death) metal music? It's really hard to say. Dead To Fall are not really crossovering, because their album is homogenous from beginning to end. You get dual guitar attacks, pounding bass lines, a lot of double bass drumming. All of this in very intelligent songwriting, with cleverly arranged speed changes and lots of powerful dynamics. You notice immediately that these five guys are no beginners.

This comes closest to bands like At The Gates, although there is even more (Swedish?) melody-fondness in Everything I Touch Falls To Pieces. Like their labelmates Darkest Hour, Dead To Fall may have opened new doors in the stale heavy metal genre. Where bands like Slipknot, Mudvayne and Drowning Pool just seem to play the novelty nu metal card, you get here fresh young bands that really innovate both the metal and the hardcore genres.

Not every song is a classic (yet), and the instrumental Doraematu could have been left aside, but apart from that, this is one of the strongest hardcore death metal albums you will hear this year. I promise you that much.

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