Scottish metalcore band The Fall of Eden, certainly on the evidence of their debut EP Memoirs, is an emerging force which could and should be a regular spot on the radar. Still relatively young as a proposition, the Glasgow quintet have made their introduction with a release seeping promise at every corner whilst providing an enterprising and enjoyable fury. It is fair to say that this is a force still in evolution and that the EP lacks a truly standalone distinction to other strong and hungry genre bands out there, but there is definitely something compelling and inviting about their invention and imagination which ignites eager anticipation for their future.
Consisting of vocalist Kevin Blaney, guitarists Matt McLeod and Kieran Ward, bassist Sean Breslin, and Hamish McGowan on drums, The Fall of Eden formed in early 2012 and took little time in crafting and honing their first blaze of songs. Taking inspirations from the likes of Parkway Drive, August Burns Red, Bring Me The Horizon, Oceano, and Lamb Of God into their antagonistic sound and invention, the band began igniting stages locally and beyond with their powerful live performances and across the past year or so have played with the likes of Night Verses, Flood of Red, Surrender the Coast, Truth and It’s Burden, Martyr Defiled, Demoraliser, Heart In Hand, Here Comes The Kraken and Thy Art Is Murder. Their reputation has risen alongside their live energy and attack which debut release Memoirs can only accelerate and take to a wider awareness.
The release shows that the band’s sound stretches beyond simply metalcore, though it is the core to creative the furnaces posing as songs. With a melodic flame licking at the heart of the tracks and an adventurous imagination equally coaxing out bravery in the songwriting, Memoirs opens with The Fall and instantly pushes the imagination and thoughts into action. An atmospheric brew raises its breath first, an ambience already being worried by the impending vocals of Blaney. As he and the intensity reaches forward to confront the ear, the track explodes into an invitingly textured provocation, the first rage quick and blunt before stepping into a more predatory stalking of ears and senses. The guitars wind sonic endeavour around the muscular core and rhythmic testing to push the breath of unpredictability and keep the listener’s expectations challenged throughout, and though debatably some of the changes and shifts are not as fluid as possibly they could be it matters little within a track which is unafraid to try things and take the listener on an adventurous ride.
The following Broken Lullaby takes a more deliberate stalking of the senses, riffs and rhythms caging off any escape with sinew clad rapaciousness whilst a melodic cast of craft and intrigue marks the way for the vocal scowls of Blaney to enjoyably bruise the air. One of the more straight forward and expected tracks on the EP, it still forges a hold and satisfaction which cannot be dismissed or taken lightly. It maybe lacks the imagination of its predecessor and thus the potency and success but nevertheless easily continues the strong and pleasing introduction.
Both Pressure and A Poet, A Bard and a Baron keeps things boiling, the first scowling heavily with a hardcore aspect to the attack, a flavour which has already had moments of success in the opening pair, whilst its successor through a ‘gentler’ melodic embrace shows the expanse and depth of the songwriting and sound already seeded within the band. The pair of songs forms the pinnacle of Memoirs, their aggressive and uncompromising but enterprising tirade and inventive drama respectively, major reasons why The Fall of Eden raises a hunger and assumption that the band has a bright future and plenty to offer UK intensive metal.
The closing Pavor Nocturnus is a decent enough conclusion but does feed the expectations which seemingly come with any new metalcore band. With a fire bred passion and undoubted thoughtful craft though, the track avoids feeling like an anti-climax after the quality of the previous two tracks and keeps that keen appetite fully engaged with release and band.
Expect to hear more of The Fall of Eden as they appear to have all the tools to emerge as something fresh and incendiary within metalcore, those whispers vibrant and potently brewing within the Memoirs EP. It is a release well worth checking out especially as it comes as a Name Your Price download at http://thefallofeden.bandcamp.com/
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