|Electronica, Melodic Death Metal, Metalcore
October 5th, 2012
Release length: 40:11
Given the style The Fallen Within is going for, this is obviously a more modern production. However, the digital clarity definitely doesn’t sterilize anything. The guitars have a cleaner sound to them, but one that’s rich, loud, and rather heavy, given some additional edge thanks to the strong bass presence that is about the same volume level. The drum kit comes through well enough, though often a little further in the background, such as the cymbals that can fill things enough with the loud, pounding snares and a strong click from the bass kicks that do tear through everything in their way to be heard. The keyboards are mixed in well that they become an intricate part of the band’s sound, having a hint of a Techno/House Music output to them without being too overbearing or abused in a way that pulls this recording into rave territory. The vocals end up nicely varied between a strong higher pitched shouting that has tendencies to be a bit rhaspy, deeper gutturals, and some nasal clean singing that, unfortunately, can come off a bit whiny.
While some of that may sound bad, most of it works out well to create plenty of addicting and headbang worthy material. Admittedly, some clean vocals can become a bit grating, such as towards the end of “You’re Disfigured, I’m Proud” and “J.D.S. (Jeffrey Dahmer Style),” but overall the music is pretty aggressive with the styles mixed seamlessly for the most part. “Everybody Run” is a superb example. The main verses have a rather aggressive slower and chugging approach that hammers away due to how well the guitars and bass work together. Even the breakdown around the two and a half minute mark retains the flow of the song and even utilizes a short and simpler guitar solo for good measure. The chorus uses the keyboards to weave a somber and depressing tone that quickly changes the atmosphere, but without hurting the material in the process. However, this is also a time the band drops the ball. After that first breakdown, they head into a straight Electronica sound that many bands of this style beat to death. Thankfully, this is a rare occurance. “The Saint and the Sinner” does find this same thing happening again, but the transition into it does make it sound like a natural shift, though it loses much of the heavier bite. The downfall of this is that it’s handled with the clean singing, which isn’t as masked, making the nasal approach a lot harder to sit through.
“Still Tearing Me Apart” handles itself in a similar manner to “Everybody Run,” but instead of a depressing tone to the chorus, it has an aggressive one with a hint of chaos given the lead chords performed here and there. Given the stronger Groove sound to the largely Metalcore foundation that becomes hard to refuse headbanging to. This does come off like something one would expect from someone like Pantera or Lamb of God, but unique enough to be called something their own. “J.D.S. (Jeffrey Dahmer Style)” will work your neck muscles as well, but with a far more melodic offering. The chords can often go into some chugging areas that can feel like an expanded breakdown acting as a bridge, but it’s still catchy and blunt enough to have you hooked. The clean singing here is toned down a lot too, better fitting the more emotional tone of the music, especially in the chorus. This is the kind of material you’ll expect from the group thanks to the starting “Eyes on Fire,” which is largely melodic with a hint of Groove to some bridges, but still rather hostile.
While it may only be nine songs, they end up being quite enjoyable. The only problems you might have are when the band starts to push a certain aspect a little too far, such as the nasal singing or the strictly Electronica music that will hit for a short time in two songs. Other than that, this is still a good album with plenty of catchy tracks that mesh the three styles well together. A deeper tone than the somewhat lighter one would have helped out a lot, but it does still work for what the group is going for, and still retains enough bite to make a strong impact on the listener. If you’re a fan of the more “Modern Metal” acts out there, then there’s no real reason to avoid this recording. The Day You Died Inside shows off plenty of potential from The Fallen Within, and given the promises made with this recording, there’s no doubt the band will eventually find their peak, perhaps sooner than later.
01. Eyes on Fire – 4:08
02. You’re Disfigured, I’m Proud – 4:31
03. Everybody Run – 5:10
04. Still Tearing Me Apart – 4:14
05. How Do I Rise from the Dead? – 5:40
06. The Saint and the Sinner – 4:20
07. J.D.S. (Jeffrey Dahmer Style) – 3:57
08. Untie the Rope – 3:36
09. Crawling Down the Hallway – 4:35
|Overall Score: 8.5/10
Digital review copy of this release provided by Noisehead Records via Wild Horizon Media.