Dead To Fall - Villainy And Virtue
|A lot of so-called metal elitists pride themselves with bashing metalcore. I'm not a big fan myself but the fact that big labels promote mostly mediocre bands doesn't mean the scene does not have noteworthy acts. I've come to think the metal scene is also plagued by generic and sub-par garbage.
Dead to Fall is a band that managed to capture my attention for a longer stretch of time. They borrow a lot from melodic death metal melody-wise but sound fresh enough. I would even go as far as saying that they sound more metal than most melodeath acts nowadays: straight to your face melody, no keyboard or similar drag-around wankery. On top of that they put certain screamed vocals I wouldn't call hardcore; they are rather distinctive as far as similar acts go. You usually get some annoying shrieks and even clean vocals in metalcore but in this record the vocalist relies mostly on a low scream however showing some range and change of pace at times. I could also mention the drummer is competent enough (machine gun blasts on 1:25 of "Bastard Set of Dreams!") even though this is no technical brutal death metal for sure. The bass is the most humble of all instruments but this goes without saying. Incidentally the band is able to afford good production this time around which could not be said about their first effort. To be honest I'm not particularly picky in this department having in mind the majority of my everyday ration is occupied by black metal acts with minimalistic production values.
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