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Fall River

Fall River: Lights OutLights Out (2005)
Thorp Records

Reviewer Rating: 2.5
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I remember earlier this year when Fall River was garnering their little bit of hype. I checked out their stuff and it seemed promising: A strong female vocalist atop a definitively Dillinger Escape Plan influenced backdrop, with plenty of "mathy" and/or "techy" parts. Unfortunately, here on their fi.
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I remember earlier this year when Fall River was garnering their little bit of hype. I checked out their stuff and it seemed promising: A strong female vocalist atop a definitively Dillinger Escape Plan influenced backdrop, with plenty of "mathy" and/or "techy" parts. Unfortunately, here on their first full-length, Lights Out, one of these things is missing.

Fall River's Thorp debut is a regression of sorts in that they've seemingly decided to join the Botch Brigade (see: Norma Jean, the Chariot, Fear Before the March of Flames); that is, a collective of new-school metalcore acts lifting riffs and the general flow from the (should-be) legendary Seattle outfit and adding insufficient ideas of their own necessary to give it that unique flavor. Its tempo is usually in the slow-to-mid range, and even at under a half-hour the record consequently drags in points.

They are however marginally better than these contemporaries. Their songs are concise, usually hovering around the 2-to-3-minute mark. Alison Bellavance's voice is still a more than competent one that matches up with most of her male counterparts, even if she's not particularly creative in her delivery. There's also some interesting, Faith No More influenced, Life Once Lost-styled heavy bass thump moments placed around sporadically, leaving a cool pairing of Bellavance's bark and the lone bass riff at the forefront of the mix at these times. Coalesce's Sean Ingram offers guest vocals on "I'm Not a Big Fan of Parentheses (Burn Baby, Burn)," and it's a nice touch as well.

Lights Out is far less impressive than what Fall River is seemingly capable of, but they are indeed perfectly able of delivering something more original and complex come the next time around.

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14theroad (November 21, 2009)

I live in Fall River and I'm offended by this band.

Anonymous (December 25, 2005)

i like there music i got it today for christmas and i didnt no who they were so i listened to them and yeah that fucking kick ass I LOVE YOU GUYS!! WOOOOOOOO

Anonymous (December 11, 2005)

so like.....where exactly does the DEP influence come in? all i'm hearing is NORA if carl severson was a chick. not to say that NORA are completely horrible, nor is this band. it's just...........meh. another metalcore band.

Anonymous (December 5, 2005)

they're not from mass. i think they're from pa.

GreenVandal (November 30, 2005)

gay.

Anonymous (November 29, 2005)

Sean Ingram's guest vocals in Reggie and the Full Effect > guest vocals on this

Anonymous (November 29, 2005)

are these guysfrom Fall River Massachusetts? New Bedford still rules over it you know...A Wilhelm Scream vs. these guys? No Contest

Anonymous (November 29, 2005)


3. When is the new Botch Brigade album coming out?

4. Will it be on Split Pea coloured soup vinyl?

fucking genius

superdude (November 29, 2005)

This review was pretty good, but here's how I would make it better:

1. You forgot to mention where Fall River was.

2. Here: http://www.mapquest.com/maps/map.adp?formtype=address&searchtype= address&country=CA&addtohistory=&1ahXX=&address=&city=Fall River&state=MA&zipcode=

3. When is the new Botch Brigade album coming out?

4. Will it be on Split Pea coloured soup vinyl?

rkl (November 29, 2005)

this generation is worse than the hippies, the flappers, and the nazis combined. at least the hippies gave us those fat watchbands, and the flappers could dance, and the nazis gave us that song "eight days a week."

i dont really have anything to say. sounds quite generic.

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