Chuck Schuldiner Project

Sunday, September 21, 2014

A Failing Devotion-The Fallen

I'll be the first to admit, when a band called A Failing Devotion puts out a record called The Fallen my hopes aren't too high. But when the band kicks in, and you start to realize they have something special going, suddenly I'm a lot more sympathetic to what they're trying to do. This is a death metal band with a great attack, with riffs that are technical but also chunky, easy to latch on too, but hard to play. There is a certain mesmerizing beauty to a lot of the riffs on this album, it pulls you in and will not let you out.

One of the things that makes it easy for me to dig into the A Failing Devotion sound is their use of contrasting tempos to draw in the listener. From the first real song "One Way to Survive" you see that these guys know how to slow things down just enough to provide some relief and engage the listener. On top of that, the band uses some great melodic lines in the guitar parts that really set up a nice soundscape for the rest of the music to play off of. The vocals are wonderfully tight with long drawn out screams accenting the tracks and helping to keep the sound distinct. Their is a lot to delve into with The Fallen and it certainly can't be comprehended in just a few spins.

The way that these two contrasting sides, brutal and atmospheric are married together is impressive and defines the bands sound. Sure it's sectional, but that's kind of the point. You have your crazed mosh parts, but also more reflective moments that encourage you to look within yourself for some form of peace. As the band develops their ideas and their sound, I get the impression that an already cool concept could become far more grand. So prepare yourself and feel the rage, these guys have a foot in the door, and could become great.

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