Fallstar - Backdraft

Published Friday 12th July 2013
Fallstar - Backdraft
Fallstar - Backdraft

RATING 7 7 7 7 7 7 7
OUR PRODUCT CODE: 137915-20528
LABEL: Facedown FCD1272

Reviewed by Mark Sherwood

Fallstar have moved to their new label Facedown Records and apparently slightly changed their style. Now metalcore/hardcore, death metal and even rock are piled into the musical mixer. It could be messy and awkward unless done right, but the band from Portland, Oregon manage to pull it off and on this album at least sound a bit like Demon Hunter and Haste The Day. Chris Ratzlaff handles the main vocals (though there are other contributions) and he switches through various stylings (guttural growls, clean vocals, whispered passages, etc). Highlights for me are "El Ray", "Millionaires" and "The Valley" though lyrically Fallstar seem to prefer obscure metaphor so you have to dig deep to hear where they are coming from. But overall a strongish album.

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Posted by reina in canada @ 23:12 on Jul 16 2014

Always a big fan of Fallstar ever since I first heard their song on a video. Every song is unique and the next seems more powerful than the previous.

Backdraft is a melodic, super musical metal album with incredible, meaningful lyricism, and lots of different voice tricks. I think anyone, Christian or not, who likes this type of music would enjoy Backdraft and other Fallstar albums.

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