LP REVIEW

FALLEN TO
"THE MARK"
(Rough Justice - ROUGHJ2)

1. NO ALLIES
2.
THROW AWAY
3.
KILL THE BITCH
4.
DARK WOUNDS
5. BROKEN
6. COVER YOUR TRACKS
7. DE ALIGNMENT
8. BOVINE CALM
9. ON THE WALL
10. THE MARK
11. IDLE

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FALLEN TO 'The Mark' Album

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Since the Spring of 2002 there’s been a couple of featured tracks released from this album, namely ‘No Allies’ and ‘Bovine Calm’ and the latter was reviewed by Downtuned. It attracted positive comments and showed great potential, however the songs on the EP did seem to lack balance and it was hoped that the longer format of an album might rectify that. It’s nice when you can say that this is certainly the case with ‘The Mark’ and Fallen To have produced what is overall an enjoyable album.

The album is made up of melodic Hard Rock with a metallic outline, which takes from the basics of traditional rock and brings it into the new millennium, applying a few sharp edges here and there and learning lessons from the more successful bands of the past. It’s a nice mix of heaviness, melody and tune, but when they rock and they like to rock hard. They keep a fair symmetry between heavy and light and this is helped with a couple of the songs that have a much slower pace and concentrate entirely on the melodic slant. Conversely, the influence of some very heavy bands from the 80’s and 90’s can be heard, such as Machine Head and especially Metallica. ‘Dark Wounds’ is a good example of this and although ‘Cover Your Tracks’ slows things down, it still has that strong Metallica feel particularly the vocals, which sound very James Hetfield both on the melodies as well as the rougher parts. This isn’t a bad thing but you can’t help but notice the comparison, however what they do is temper this aggressive style with hard rock melody and this gives the whole thing it’s balance.

It seems they couldn’t resist a tiny amount of rapping vocals. This can sound so passť in rock as every band is doing it these days, but is probably the nu-metal influence and certainly shouldn’t overshadow the fact that there’s some good rock tunes on this album. Overall, a good album that successfully mixes hard rock moments with melody and the results are nearly always pleasant. That doesn’t happen very often, it has to be said!

Rigsby (5th January, 2003)
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