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Fall
The Insatiable Weakness
January 2016
Released: 2016, Self Released
Rating: 4.5/5
Reviewer: Aaron Yurkiewicz

Somewhere between At the Gates, Soilwork and Cynic lives Texas progressive death metallers, Fall. Their debut full length THE INSATIABLE WEAKNESS is an album that you’ll want to put on your new release calendar for January, as it’s a totally impressive offering from a band you’ll want to hear more from.



The stylistic core of THE INSATIABLE WEAKNESS is rooted in the melodo-death sounds that are everywhere these days; lots of staccato riffs and emotive melody lines introduce 11 songs as something already familiar and acceptable. But then comes the frantic shifts in time signatures, the phenomenal lead guitar work, the dueling vocals that both growl and actually sing, and the synthed out sci-fi effects that collectively build into something unique and really special. All of the sudden you realize that this isn’t another generic outfit treading familiar territory, not by a longshot.



“Harvester” is the first single from the album and is probably the best representation of what the band has to offer; full throttled rhythms that give way to subdued interludes and some gorgeous guitar passages, only to sneak up behind you at the end and hit you across the back of the head with a black jack. Bookend tracks “From Ashes” and “You Were But a Shade” are also definite standouts, but there’s nary a bum track to be found across THE INSATIABLE WEAKNESS.



Fall are melodically inclined and have enough technical chops to appeal to the traditional/power crowd, but can do so without sacrificing the aggression of their core audience. And while that can be a delicate dance, THE INSATIABLE WEAKNESS succeeds at being a well-balanced metal album that hits the right buttons at the right time.
Track Listing

1. From Ashes
2. Not of the Sky
3. Ever Hollow
4. Harvester
5. Cinis
6. Desolation
7. Soul Ignition
8. ...to Dust
9. Empty
10. Gods of Ruin
11. You Were but a Shade

Lineup

David Gutierrez - Bass
Jessie Santos - Guitars, Vocals, Keyboards
Daniel Benavides – Lead Guitars
Dirk Verbeuren – Drums

Concert Reviews

» Hammerfall and Gamma Ray Oct.13, 1997

» Death and Hammerfall Invade North America

» Hammerfall / Edguy / Into Eternity Live In Vancouver: August 25, 2005

» Hammerfall live at Vega in Copenhagen Denmark 2007

» Hammerfall At The Threshold Of Festivals 2007

» W.A.S.P. LIVE - THE CRIMSON IDOL FALLS

» Theatre of Tragedy / Where Angels Fall / To-Mera / Pythia / The Mariana Hollow - Underworld, London

» The Hellacopters - The Tour Before The Fall at Mejeriet Lund Sweden

» SHADOWS FALL - Live in Ottawa, March 7, 2010

» TURISAS & Crimfall @ O2 Islington Academy, London

» KISS - The Lost Cities Tour July 9th 2011, Grand Falls - Windsor, NL

» SAXON & HAMMERFALL @ Koko, London

» Hammerfall - Swedish Outbreak Tour 2012, Kulturbolaget Malmoe

» JUDAS PRIEST with special quest Hammerfall : Ice Hall, Helsinki, FINLAND

» HammerFall – 15 years of Glory

» SommarRock Festival 2012 with Bonafide,Hammerfall and Thin Lizzy at Friluftsbadet Svedala Sweden


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