Fall – The Insatiable Weakness (2016)

The Texas four-piece Fall certainly have promise and I think that fans of acts like Soilwork, Mnemic, Unmoored, Scar Symmetry, Solution .45 and the now defunct Sybreed would really dig what I can consider a rather remarkable melodic death metal act. You know you’re hearing a great band from the start when “From Ashes” (4:38) opens the disc with a painfully catchy chorus, that comes with enough background muscle to make it stand out. There’s even some keyboards at work here, which definitely provide the sort of spacey vibe that makes second cut, “Not Of The Sky” (3:58) really soar (as well as a total fucking freak out moment right in the middle that sounds uncommonly genuine.) Then the third track “Ever Hollow” (4:48) comes in, and I’m still flabbergasted. There hasn’t really been a solo in the first two songs, but when we finally got one – man, we really got one. Are these guys even human?

In all actuality, I think that Fall might be one of the best bands I’ve ever heard. As the record kept playing, I just became more and more captivated by the sheer power of it. There’s a rough sense here, but also a crystalline one that makes for both a good production value with an absolutely pounding performance. Harsh vocals are employed effortlessly, with some of the most angelic clean vocal sections that I’ve heard in a while. Jesse Santos is an absolute madman, and it’s hard to believe that he handles guitar, vocals and keyboards along with David Guiterrez and Daniel Benavides who play bass and guitar respectively. They used a session drummer in Dirk Verbeuren who absolutely kills it and the guy might want to consider full-time work for the band, because if these guys don’t get proper recognition, then God is truly dead.

But yes, everything I’ve loved about melodic death metal is here and delivered to me in a fashion that I just can’t believe. “Soul Ignition” (4:53) is one of the few songs that you can preview for free on the album (which can be pre-ordered from the band’s Bandcamp page) which is only ten bucks, and much less than you’d pay for records of far inferior quality. This is a full hour of music, which has several different ebbs and flows, making for a record that will not only keep you entertained, but will also enrapture you in it’s absolutely brilliant melodies, uncompromising structural muscularity and increasing frantic bravado. The Insatiable Weakness is an incredibly heavy record, but it contains so much inherent beauty that I feel labels will be falling over each other to sign these guys. I honestly don’t know how they could ever top something like this and feel that they’ve already made their best album at this early in the game. As my ears are continually dazzled by potent vocal harmonies, brilliant explosions of guitar and keyboards, I literally just can’t get over this. There’s even a guest female vocal backing during “Harvester” (6:22) which is performed by Jessie Frye and works very well with Santos’ amazing clean harmonies. Simply put, this is the next Soilwork, Scar Symmetry, Mnemic, Sybreed – This is the future of modern melodic death metal. It’s an absolutely incredible way to start the year, and leaves me with only the best of hopes for the rest of 2016.

I can honestly say to myself that one of the literal best albums I’ve heard came out right at the beginning of the year and that is something that I don’t think I’ve ever said, in half a decade of doing this kind of work. These guys dabble a little bit in everything when they get heavy, but keep the cleans right with the melodies as should be. This is a formula that is nearly impossible to perfect as well as I’ve heard here and I can only say the very best of things about this future masterpiece. If you’re a fan of melodic death metal and you don’t like this album, you may want to get your ears checked. This is the textbook definition of the genre and it’s performed flawlessly. Never have been this giddy about a disc in a long time. The Grim Tower highly recommends the surreal masterwork that is, The Insatiable Weakness. I’d nearly recommend it to everyone. What an amazing piece of music. I think I need to listen to it ten more times!

(11 Tracks, 53:00)

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