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Dead To Fall

Dead To Fall: Everything I Touch Falls To PiecesEverything I Touch Falls To Pieces (2002)
Victory Records

Reviewer Rating: 3.5


Contributed by: FortyMinutesWestFortyMinutesWest
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I'm almost surprised that this came about on Victory. At a time when Victory is putting out one watered down "emo pop" band after another, this CD doesn't fit in at all. Make no mistake, this is metal. It will be called hardcore of course, but this is basically pure death metal. Now that we've.
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I'm almost surprised that this came about on Victory. At a time when Victory is putting out one watered down "emo pop" band after another, this CD doesn't fit in at all.

Make no mistake, this is metal. It will be called hardcore of course, but this is basically pure death metal. Now that we've gotten past any misconceptions, let me get down to the actual musical content. The album starts off with a pointless chugging intro called "Prologue". I really have no idea why it was even included, but it's fairly short and you can always start on track two. "Memory" is the real first track as far as I'm concerned. But it too starts off with slow chugging. I was actually starting to get kind of frustrated, until the vocals kicked in around the 50 second mark.

What you get here in the vocal category is the neopolitan ice cream of metal. You get high pitched screams, medium ranged screams, and gutteral low-pitched growls. The funny thing is that you usually hear all three styles one after another, in an almost "look what I can do!" fashion. With the screamed line "I can't believe I let you do this to us.." Memory kicks into a speedy European metal style. Get used to it, because the rest of the album is pretty much based around it.

I absolutely love the sound of the drums on here, they have that snappy quality that reminds me of the drumming on Poison the Well's "Opposite of December". The drumming really holds these songs together, especially on tracks like "The Eternal Gates of Hell". When songs switch from slow to fast, the drumming helps contribute to the overall urgent feel.

The lyrics are some of the most over the top metal lyrics you'll find. Lines like "the gates of hell open for me, as far as my eyes can see" don't really sound out of place on here though. I guess they fit the music rather well, although I'd hope for something a little deeper.

Overall, this is a solid debut for these guys from Chicago. It's nothing groundbreaking. Fans of metal will probably enjoy this, but I doubt it will convert anyone to the genre. I also contend that if this band was from Sweden instead of Chicago, that they'd be loved.

 

 
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crazytoledo (May 19, 2005)

Dead to Fall = Loud Moshtastic Music...

Piebalding (November 19, 2004)

This album is not too great. A few tracks stand out but, meh....save you money and go get their new album, it completely annihilates this one.

Anonymous (April 9, 2003)

the bass drums sound like shit on this album, way to use triggers no wonder your not in the band anymore, someone tell the new guy to drop the fuckers

FortyMinutesWest (April 9, 2003)

I'd burn my money before I did that.

Anonymous (April 9, 2003)

Metal fuckin sucks and i think you should save your money and go but a rancid or unseen cd!!!

Anonymous (April 9, 2003)

I didn't mention the Haunted because if I wanted to hear a band play Slayer riffs all day, I'll just listen to Slayer.

FortyMinutesWest (April 9, 2003)

Wow, a metal scenester, cool.

burnthegospel (April 9, 2003)

haha give me a fucking break kids. first off, if you think this is actually good metal then you need to get the shit out of your ears. the music is horrible, quite possibly the worst attempt at actual good sounding metal ever. i've heard a dozen bands like this before, some stupid hardcore kid picks up an in flames cd and thinks hes more metal then fucking ozzy. poison the well-esque track jacket big belt buckle mod lookin' hipster wannabes will dig this shit, chances are your long haired wrist slittin' lord hildebrand from norway won't. trust me!

attention kids wearing bowling shoes and thrift store tshirts, let metalheads play metal. you stick to your shitty overdone and overplayed whiney emo and hardcore crossover garbage. thank you.

check out full moon productions for some sick fucking metal, really raw mid 90's black metal. HAIL!

501 (April 7, 2003)

I liked this review im gunna check them out, indefinatly becuase of the drumming reference to Opposite of December. Such good drumming...

Melvyl (April 5, 2003)

"Blah! Fuck this waste. You want good metal go with bands like Soilwork, At The Gates, Opeth, In Flames, Dark Tranquility, Arch Enemy & others. Leave this shit in the shelf."

WHAT'S UP WITH EVERYONE LIKING SWEDISH METALBANDS?
there are like a million of metalbands here but they all suck and you are NOT COOL just because you like them. and how could you leave out the haunted? If there's anyone to be mentioned, it's them.

FortyMinutesWest (April 5, 2003)

Because since these guys are heavy and on Victory they've been labelled hardcore.

Anonymous (April 5, 2003)

I'm curious to know how the hell you can put hardcore and death metal in the same sentance. Those two are very, very differant.

At least I think so.

Anonymous (April 4, 2003)

i like this band a lot....

FortyMinutesWest (April 4, 2003)

"I'm sick of hearing people say so-and-so band does not fit in on a certain roster. So what, Victory signed some emo, pop, and punk bands. They don't have to sign all bands that sound the same and bands don't have to "fit in" on a label. There's always somebody who says "I'm surprised this band signed to Victory" about EVERY BAND THEY SIGN."

This CD doesn't fit the recent trend of Victory releases, that's all I said, easy there buddy.

Anonymous (April 4, 2003)

i like this album. as the other guy said, that one breakdown is just nuts. murder on the dancefloor.

Anonymous (April 4, 2003)

The breakdown where the guy is like "Everything I touch falls to peices" is hilarious.

Anonymous (April 4, 2003)

"And this band is nothing special. There's better ones out there. Himsa"

Are you serious? HIMSA is fucking terrible. Im not a big fan of dead to fall but HIMSA?? No way.

These guys are ok at what they do, the review is right on. Nothing new here.

If you like metal check out Herod from Buffalo. www.mp3.com/herod

immoremetalthanyou,
-feedmynightmare

Anonymous (April 4, 2003)

Blah! Fuck this waste. You want good metal go with bands like Soilwork, At The Gates, Opeth, In Flames, Dark Tranquility, Arch Enemy & others. Leave this shit in the shelf.

insinceredave (April 4, 2003)

How can this fail! Everyone loves metal!

insincere dave

Tim-PunkInternational (April 4, 2003)

I'm sick of hearing people say so-and-so band does not fit in on a certain roster. So what, Victory signed some emo, pop, and punk bands. They don't have to sign all bands that sound the same and bands don't have to "fit in" on a label. There's always somebody who says "I'm surprised this band signed to Victory" about EVERY BAND THEY SIGN.

And this band is nothing special. There's better ones out there. Himsa, Darkest Hour, etc...

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