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All Idols Fall

All Idols Fall: Standing on the BrinkStanding on the Brink (2008)
Europe

Reviewer Rating: 3.5


Contributed by: ThomPunkAheaddotcomThomPunkAheaddotcom
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Contacts today (or luck) can get you a long way in music; this is one of the happy stories that never really happens. All Idols Fall recently supported A Wilhelm Scream for all of their UK tour and will be doing the same for Anti-Flag. They have also just released their debut EP on the UK's most act.
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Contacts today (or luck) can get you a long way in music; this is one of the happy stories that never really happens. All Idols Fall recently supported A Wilhelm Scream for all of their UK tour and will be doing the same for Anti-Flag. They have also just released their debut EP on the UK's most active and one of the biggest UK independent punk labels. They seem to have covered more ground than any active UK punk band and only started in the summer of 2007. Now the great thing about this is that it's not been done by some big management company who view success as profits -- sound-wise, it's deserved success.

With about half a year gone since their formation, the maturity in the sound is unreal. This is almost certainly the UK's finest attempt at the currently loved Nitro Records-style, high-paced and intense punk rock; however, similarly to its high pace, this can quickly become stale. Considering this is a debut EP, I'll allow that one to slip; admittedly, if this was a full-length the effects would be more severe.

Ferocious intros fuelled by energy lateral to fire rarely slipping into any moment of relaxation; vocals capable of more damage than a metalhead at a Fall Out Boy show; musicianship almost flawless resembling A Wilhelm Scream crossed with Rise Against.

As I commented on the music's freshness not lasting long, some music seems too simplistic. "Here Forever" seems to have a boundary between the vocals and music harming its flow and feels slightly contrived. The band does seem to make up for previous errors, though, with "The Journey," showing that the band can do melodies very well too.

Unfortunately, the production answers for a weak sound that really diminish a potential allowing these six tracks to be one of the best UK records in recent years.

It's great when you get releases like this because it makes me think that this band has a real chance of great success unseen in the UK scene before. The progress already made is unreal considering the amount of time passed, therefore, if this blistering momentum is maintained then you'll soon discover this band on every punk rocker's radar.

 

 
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alessandro (June 6, 2008)

Love the sound, love seeing these guys live, proper safe people too.
Production could be better.. but I'm really looking forward to a full length.

INDW (March 24, 2008)

you guys should've seen them in leicester...everyone left when they finished!

MilesDC (February 20, 2008)

This EP is available in the US on Interpunk or direct from us at www.deckcheese.com :)

nocigar (February 17, 2008)

you think finger tapping is guitar wankery? you're the wanker for thinking that.

thirtyseconds (February 15, 2008)

Yeah, saw these in Manchester with AWS. They were OK. I was going to give the EP a shot but it was a fiver and personally I thought that was a tad expensive.

ThomPunkAheaddotcom (February 15, 2008)

re: spoon of grimbo "playing to about 50 barely interested people must kinda suck."

to be fair though, for a band that's only been around for 6 months - playing to 50 people is quite a good thing (for a punk band)

Piata (February 15, 2008)

I like the sound of this band. Solid riffs, great vocals with straight and fast punk songs. Now if only I can find this EP.

HumanUnkind (February 15, 2008)

I saw these guys on the AWS tour too and they were totally awesome. They were really intense and energetic and really swayed me. This EP is pretty damn good although I agree the production is a tad poor but thats neither here nor there. Did not know these guys have been only around for 6 months.

spoon_of_grimbo (February 15, 2008)

saw these live with AWS in birmingham, and they were pretty good, although i kinda felt sorry for them - playing to about 50 barely interested people must kinda suck.

Icapped2pac (February 15, 2008)

Based on this review, I am anticipating getting home so I can hear some of these guys' music as I am certainly a fan on the "Nitro style". I just hope there's not as much of the guitar wankery that annoys me about AWS (e.g., hair metal solos and finger tapping).

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