The Empire Shall Fall – Awaken

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Reviewed: July 2010
Released: 2010, Code7
Rating: 4.5/5
Reviewer: UK Team

The Empire Shall Fall is Jesse Leach\’s second project since leaving Killswitch Engage. Their Debut, Awaken is a masterful record, containing elements of groove, hardcore, and jazz. It’s great to hear Jesse singing again, and this time he has assembled a group of musicians who are excellent at their art.

There are the typical metal grooves and rhythms, endearing to Meshuggah but it also leans towards jazz influences, which I find a refreshing break from the normal clean or melodic sections of today’s metal. The twin guitar assault of Jake Davenport and Marcus de Lisle is tight and blistering when they share harmony lead time together, Marcus also produces the record. Jeff Pitts drumming is tenacious and crisp, everything is executed with aplomb and groove, and I would rival him to Chris Adler of Lamb of God. Nick Sollecito’s bass rumbles on throughout and this provides an overall grip on the songs. It locks in with the guitars and the drums with seamless ease. The songs on AWAKEN are well written, combining ideals and musings of Politics and Transcendentalism, which is a mid nineteenth century ideal of rebellion and protest against the state of society.

This translates well and the views expressed are relevant today, a really well written call to arms against the manipulative hold that states and governments have. Tracks that stand out for me are Lords of War, Choir of Angels and We the People, where you can really hear the jazz influences. All in all, this is an excellent record and definitely something everyone should hear!

(Danny Draper)


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Track Listing:
1. Awaken
2. Lords of War
3. Voices Forming Weapons
4. Choir of Angels
5. We the People
6. These Colours Bleed
7. Our Own
8. The Kingdom

Jesse Leach – Lead Vocals
Jakes Davenport – Lead Guitar
Marcus de Lisle – Rhythm Guitar
Nick Sollecito – Bass
Jeff Pitts – Drums/Percussion


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