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Past The Fall
Beggars At The Liars Banquet
March 2014
Released: 2013, Self-released
Rating: 3.5/5
Reviewer: Metal-Rules.com UK Team

From the grimy aesthetic of Beyond Existence, to the chilling opening of Through Broken Skies, to the Mediterranean sounding Heart Spoken, and finally the ending bars to Injustice, Beggars At The Liars Banquet has it all! Groove Metal visionaries Past The Fall have created an enjoyable, if somewhat unfocused record that’s sure to have something for everyone who’s familiar with the genre. The vocal delivery and lyricism stands out to the forefront of the album, rather than taking a back seat, reminding the listeners that Past The Fall mean business and will do anything and everything to let you know that. Along with this, the musicianship on this album certainly solidifies this idea, with guitar riffs, bass lines and drum fills adding multiple layers creativity and aggression to the mix.

One fault to the album I would add is that it is slightly underdeveloped; there are definitely moments whilst listening to the album that the listener will feel as if something is missing. It may be the clumsy transitioning on Paydirt, or sense of direction on Only The Strong Survive, however this is really nitpicking on what is essentially a well made album. If anything, any criticism I could give towards this album is based on my intense liking of it, and comes out of a place of wanting more from the band. That being said, the songwriting does not always feel as unique in comparison from one song to the other, however it excels in ingenuity, and is without argument good at what it does.



Coming back above the surface of the album and looking at it tells me that Beggars At The Liars Banquet will be a milestone to the bands discography in terms of a high standard of quality. Whether or not this standard will change, however, remains to be seen.



- Eoin Harnett
Track Listing

1. Behind The Lies
2. Paydirt
3. Beyond existence
4. Heart Spoken
5. Only the Strong Survive
6. Through Broken Skies
7. Injustice

Lineup

Will Wright- Vocals/Bass
Thomas Cope- Guitar
Marco Antonio- Drums

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Past The Fall
Beggars At The Liars Banquet
March 2014
Released: 2013, Self Released
Rating: 3.0/5
Reviewer: Erich

London’s Past The Fall is a youthful three-piece formed in 2011. Their debut EP, BEGGARS AT THE LIARS BANQUET, is an aggressive and heavy foray into thrash, groove, and death metal. Hitting at under 35 minutes and with seven tracks, the band quickly establishes a hybrid mix of Exodus and Obituary with traces of Pantera. Vocals are reminiscent of early Celtic Frost through most verses, and slightly cleaner tones in the choruses. Collectively, it all adds up to pummeling but mostly mid-paced mosh metal.



Expectedly, one of the heaviest and fastest tunes is offered as the opener, “Behind The Lies” containing some classic riffing and melodic soloing. Vocalists/bass guitarist Will Wright’s vocals straddle the line between death and thrash and are a ways back in the mix. “Beyond Existence” opens with more atmosphere and dark tones, recalling NIGHTFALL – era Candlemass, before kicking into a driving rhythm. “Heart Spoken” is an acoustic song with rhythm section added in, reminiscent of “Kaiowas” from Sepultura and following a similar path.



One unquestioned positive are the absolutely crushing tones, particularly in the guitar, but the production overall is bruising and clear. Another is the band’s willingness to experiment and unplug occasionally, offering some contrast and variety to the chugs. Wright’s vocals are sorta an acquired taste though, not a style that immediately grabbed me, but not bad. With only seven songs, it is a bit perplexing that the band offers up two instrumentals, which consume about 25% of the albums running time. Chief flaw though are songs that are mostly unable to establish an immediate and lasting connection.



Past The Fall has some awesome ideas and riffs, but many of the songs blend together into a uniform sounding collection that offers little to distinguish one track from the next. Nevertheless, the potential and attitude along with the solid production values will serve as assets to the band moving forward. Fans of Obituary, Celtic Frost, Exodus and Pantera will find a kindred Spirit in Past The Fall.
Track Listing

1. BEHIND THE LIES

2. PAYDIRT

3. BEYOND EXISTENCE

4. HEART SPOKEN

5. ONLY THE STRONG SURVIVE

6. THROUGH BROKEN SKIES

7. INJUSTICE

Lineup

Will Wright- Vocals/bass
Thomas Cope- Guitars
Marco Antonio- Drums

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» Beggars At The Liars Banquet
by Metal-Rules.com UK Team

» Beggars At The Liars Banquet
by Erich


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