Dead To Fall - Villany And Virtue (Cover Artwork)

Dead To Fall

Dead To Fall: Villany And VirtueVillany And Virtue (2004)
Victory Records

Reviewer Rating: 4

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With the release of Villainy & Virtue, Dead to Fall find themselves in one of those rare circumstances where after replacing 3/5 of their previous line-up, they come out as a much better, more interesting musical unit. The band's 2002 debut, "Everything I Touch Turns to Pieces," was a fine tribute.

With the release of Villainy & Virtue, Dead to Fall find themselves in one of those rare circumstances where after replacing 3/5 of their previous line-up, they come out as a much better, more interesting musical unit. The band's 2002 debut, "Everything I Touch Turns to Pieces," was a fine tribute to the Swedish guitar licks of their influences, but largely, it felt amateurish in terms of polish and fitness. Fortunately it seems, Dead to Fall have really worked hard on their craft with these new songs, as Villainy & Virtue catapults through 31 minutes of bone-shattering metalcore.

Immediately, it's clear that the European guitar riffing has been cut down drastically on this release in favor of a mix between thick, palm-muted riffs and monstrous chugging breakdowns. Stylistically, this may be nothing exceptional, but Dead to Fall have a knack for breeding intensity within their tightly controlled wall of noise. The drumming of Evan Kaplan is noteworthy on "Villainy..." for the mere fact that Dead to Fall no longer rely on a stubborn backdrop of rolling double-bass. Used more effectively, the songs on here gather a greater degree of momentum with the percussion spreading out the devastation with poise. Vocalist Jonathan Hunt is average at best as a recorded frontman, and noticeably, his lack of engaging qualities prohibits the material on here from sounding truly explosive. Dead to Fall may have "heavy," and "intricate" down pat, but the lack of stronger vocals keeps this band decidedly middle of the pack.

Surprisingly, Dead to Fall's best material on here comes from the final four tracks, beginning with the riveting percussion intro to "Blood of the Moon," and closing with the chilly "Epilogue." The ISIS-like eighth track, "Cross Section," sees these guys reach their most adventurous songwriting point yet, and Villainy... benefits nicely from an obvious, but cohesive change in tempo. Rounding out the release is absolutely beautiful artwork by Paul A. Romano, which adds a load of class and professionalism to the overall product. Villainy & Virtue is a huge step up for Dead to Fall, and to be honest, a very surprising one as well. At the same time, these guys find themselves in an extremely crowded genre, and Jonathan Hunt's mundane vocal character brands the band with a decided handicap.


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Anonymous (March 30, 2006)

Best track is bastard set of dreams

Anonymous (March 30, 2006)

vilany and virtue is the best cd ever. They are changing metal core music. And the dont suck like other metalcore bands.

Anonymous (February 24, 2006)

dead to fall is the best band ever. Villany and virtue rocks. the best song is bastard set of dreams.

Anonymous (December 13, 2005)

this cd isnt bad but not as good as the frist. they deffenitly have some hard breakdowns tho.

best track - youve allready died

crazytoledo (May 19, 2005)

Ok, I'm listening to this in my sterio with the volume 1/6, so it's low...

I have the equalizer on pop, not rock, and have the TBASS off (obviously not my stereo...).

This CD is so loud and heavy the stereo and the opened case holding it where rattling...

Best Track: "You've Already Died"

Piebalding (November 16, 2004)

I saw these guys about a month ago w/ Haste The Day and picked this album up then. First off, the cover art is absolutely beautiful, the coolest I've seen all year. I've had "Everything I Touch Falls To Pieces" and minus a few songs on it it was mediocre. This album is a huge step up for them. They prefectly marry Swedish metal and hardcore in all of the right places and it comes off as an incredible listen for anyone who is a fan for either genre.

soulbleed (October 10, 2004)

i dig the cover art a lot though. :)

soulbleed (October 10, 2004)

this cd is crap

slippy (October 8, 2004)

Thank you.

Anonymous (October 8, 2004)

wow, this is simply one of the best reviews i've read on this site. whoever did it so do all the reviews.amazing.

FortyMinutesWest (October 6, 2004)

Well, it's a definite step ahead from Everything I Touch Falls To Pieces, but I still think this band has better stuff ahead of them. The band shows flashes of being more than another metalcore band when they experiment a little. I'd say it's worth checking out.

slippy (October 6, 2004)

I need to know what Forty thinks of this album before I can make a judgement call.

elliot (October 6, 2004)

damn, i was totally gonna review this.

anyways, yeah i definitely was not expecting to love this album as much as i do. they really went above and beyond what people were anticipating. just a quality metal album.

Anonymous (October 5, 2004)

I robbed the singer's house.

punkcorekid (October 5, 2004)

this cd, this band....rock. i like the vocalist, i don't really see why you would call him average. but whatever. different strokes for different folks.

Anonymous (October 5, 2004)

The cover art looks like it was done by a 7th grader. And what does "class and professionalism" have to do with metal?

besides, curbstomp is a better Chicago band.

Big_Guy (October 5, 2004)

This band does nothing for me as far as metal goes

But, I must admit I like the artwork

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