Bleak Falls – The Grass Gets No Greener EP

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If ever a name suited a band’s sound then Bleak Falls has it, one which sums them and their music up perfectly. The UK melodic hardcore band creates and passionately expels a stark and dramatically textured expanse of gloom soaked melancholic aggressiveness which permeates senses and thoughts with ease. It is a provocative and at times smothering encounter but one which continues the promise of the band set with their debut EP Another Rainy Day of last year. The Grass Gets No Greener EP is a strong successor, one to keep the band on track as they evolve and emerge further, if arguably without leaping major steps on from its predecessor.

Formed in 2011, The Worthing quintet has earned strong attention and praise for their first release and live performances which has seen them share stages with the likes of Landscapes, The Long Haul, Isolated, Honour Is Dead, If Heroes Should Fail, and Set Your Sails. With the inspiration of bands such as Cancer Bats, Deftones, and Nirvana adding thought to their invention, Bleak Falls offers a sound which brings potent flavours from other styles into their mix though still not enough to yet give them the separate pedestal of originality which you still feel is bubbling away awaiting realisation. Like the band’s first release the EP is not an instant persuasion though it makes a strong impressive straight off but with patient attention emerges as another richly promising and provocative confrontation from the band.

     Forever / Always starts things off, its emotive atmospheric embrace an angst fuelled consumption crafted by the imaginativeBleak Falls Cover Artwork and precise guitar play of Chris Shane and Luke Marshall. Punctuated by the intimidating beats of drummer Ben Vaughan aligned to the excellent dark snarling tone from the bass of Don Wainwright, it is a potent and imagination inspiring introduction. The raw caustic vocals of Rudi Ridgewell wrings out in fine style every ounce of emotion from every syllable to add extra drama and intensity to that already brewed within the song, though with limitations. On the earlier EP Ridgewell was a convincing ingredient to the sound but did distract from some of the inventiveness and subtle imagination around him with a singular form of attack, a one dimensional corrosive assault and it is predominantly no different upon The Grass Gets No Greener and with the same results. Nevertheless the track is a strong start soon matched by its successor.

The following ’95 has a more energetic stride to its narrative and a more intensive aggression as marked by the again excellent rapacious bass prowl and crisp rhythms. With richly appealing melodies and exacting riffs filling the menacing framework and the vocals scowling with rigorous intent, the song is another good if less than startling persuasion just as A Taste Of Change. The third song on the EP has the shifting drama and building intensity of the opener but also a want to explode into a charge of energy and excitement, which ultimately it does resist in the end. It sounds negative but actually the restraint brings an emotional exploration which only sparks senses and thoughts into a positive response.

A high point of the release comes with Deadlock, a dark shadow engulfed encounter which intrudes on ears right through to emotions with its intensive evocation. A slow exhausting intensive weave of sound invades for the majority of the track before ending on an elevated blaze of energy and intent which provides more evidence of the thought and imagination in the songwriting and its interpretation. The same applies to the closing Put Me To Sleep, it a heavily dark bordering depressive engagement but one which lifts the passions and satisfaction superbly to take best song honours on the EP. A stylish merger of an emotionally bleeding ballad and passion drenched, riotous defiance the track is an excellent inciting provocateur which pushes the promise and depth of the band further to reinforce the thought that Bleak Falls is a band destined to something majorly impressive ahead. The vocals debatably let the song down a little, that lack of diversity again defusing the heights it could have soared to but the final emotive fire is still a thoroughly compelling and enjoyable testing.

Bleak Falls is definitely moving in the right direction as The Grass Gets No Greener EP easily shows though expectations probably assumed the evolution would be greater or certainly swifter than it seems to be so far. The band though is one which has to be watched closely and their journey enjoyed which will not be a problem as the EP proves.


RingMaster 16/11/2013

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BLEAK FALLS set loose new EP’The Grass Gets No Greener’, on 18th November‏

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Southern riff monsters ‘Bleak Falls’ lay assault to the UK with their new EP ‘The Grass Gets No Greener’, out Monday 18th November through all digital stores.

Encouraged by the likes of Cancer Bats, Deftones and Nirvana, Bleak Falls can be placed within the bracket of Alternative Metal/Melodic Hardcore with their barbarous and aggressive sound. Yet their ability to cleverly maneuver melody and mood set them apart from bands more captured by the genre.

Born at the end of 2011, the Sussex melodic hardcore crew express a sound that pitches sincere emotion and broody atmosphere bonded with ferocious power and unbridled energy; their songs will undoubtedly sweep you along for a belter of a ride.

During the past eighteen months, the south-coast five-some have steadily made waves through the UK scene. Along the way, they’ve been highly praised by Front Magazine and have shared stages with Landscapes, The Long Haul, Isolated, Honour Is Dead, If Heroes Should Fail, and Set Your Sails. Bleak Falls also nationally released their debut EP ‘Another Rainy Day’, which acquired strong national press coverage from Big Cheese Magazine and Powerplay, as well as extensive underground support.

The quintet now press on with their brand new EP ‘The Grass Gets No Greener’. The record starts with the moody groove of ‘Forever/Always’ before shifting gears and delivering an assault of hammering beats and immersing vocals to spectacular effect. The stomping punky sway of ‘95’ is next up, and it duly bashes your eardrums, before ‘A Taste of Change’ switches lanes, displaying the quintet’s increasing diversity and growing maturity with a superb slab of heartrending alt-rock. ‘Deadlock’ picks up dealings again with a gut-wrenching piece of ball-busting low-tuned skuzzy metal, and as the closer ‘Put Me to Sleep’ comes over you, you are left in no doubt that the five-piece have the energy, tunes and rage to be one of the chosen bands to break from the shackles of the underground this year, just watch them take off…..

Bleak Falls Cover Artwork

TRACKLISTING: 1. Forever / Always; 2. ‘95; 3. A Taste Of Change; 4. Deadlock; 5. Put Me To Sleep.
BAND MEMBERS: Rudi Ridgewell (Vocals); Chris Shane (Guitar); Don Wainwright (Bass); Luke Marshall (Guitar); Ben Vaughan (Drums).
FOR FANS OF: Deftones, Cancer Bats, Terror.

Various – Sea Monsters 3


It was only a few decades ago that everywhere you turned there was a new compilation album of emerging talent, every city seemingly rife with bright fires on new invention and refreshing creativity from yet to be discovered bands and producing albums as proof. That seems to be a thing of the past now, or maybe just it is so much harder to draw them into the radar, but one series is definitely working hard to unveil the thriving local scene of Brighton and that is One Inch Badge’s Sea Monsters ‘Best of Brighton’ compilations. The late seventies/early eighties saw the excellent Vaultage compilations from the same city, a series of releases which brought to attention the likes of The Piranhas and Peter And The Test Tube Babies, and the Sea Monsters collections is bringing equally or potently even more impressive artists of today from out of the city into are eager ears. Volume 3 is the latest release and as full of quality and irresistible sounds as you could wish for.

Reviewing compilations, especially the size of the two CD/download Sea Monsters 3, is great but also difficult as it is impossible to highlight every deserving artist and on this twenty five track treat it is honest to say there is not one single lull in the depth and richness of tracks. It is an eclectic mix of sounds and artists too which would normally lead to times where you are looking forward but not with this album. We will bring to the fore favourite tracks on the album to fill this review but only on the assumption you accept that every track is worth your undivided attention, got that?

The first CD is opened by the quartet Kins and their song Top and Turn. The song is a busy and raw mix of electro and scuzzy whispering guitars around the excellent vocals of Queline Smith but there is elegance to its ambience which wraps tender arms around the quizzical tempest. It is a gripping start soon equalled and then surpassed by the brilliant sultry guitar crafted instrumental flame of Guiones de Escadrilla from trio Squadron Leaders. The song is a blaze of sixties toned psychedelic rock merged with even richer surf rock; imagine The Shadows starting out today with an indie intent to their craft and nostalgia in their heart and you get this scintillating track.

In close order both Traams and The Physics House Band light up the senses with the songs Peggy and Abraxical Solapse respectively. The first is a guitar crafted piece of garage pop and noise rock which sounds like The Strokes meets The Barracudas, the trio creating a catchy, compelling slice of punkish pop rock, whilst the second simply takes the imagination into a shadow lit piece of disorientating aura drama, the band twisting the song left right and centre and in on itself whilst creating a coherent experiment in sonic adventure. Again a trio (more than coincidence surely?), the band provides arguably the biggest highlight of the release though it is constantly challenged by the likes of Broker, yes another trio who carve out a hypnotic senses buffeting taunt of punk and post hardcore within a psyche punk confrontation with the song Pro Rata. It is a masterful encounter which lingers and teases long after the band’s departure. Coffee from Gnarwolves closes up the first disc with a caustic brawl of punk which maybe is not rife with open originality but suggests this is a band sure to find that unique voice and recognition ahead as it thrills ears and emotions with a battling intensity and persuasion … oh and need I say how many members there are?

The second disc also starts with a pinnacle in the excellent Rule Breaker from hip hop seductor Suave Debonair, not to be confused with the duo from Sacramento playing the same genre. Reminding of Honky, the track sways and swagger with attitude and intrigue, the sounds rippling with invention and the word juggling coming near to the craft and might of Dizraeli. The following Bar After Bar from Rum Committee also walks across the spitting provocation of hip hop, brewing up a swing, jazz, and dubstep chaser to its liquor lined narrative.

Stepping up soon after on the release Great Pagans with Teenage Sillouettes immediately followed by Plasticine and their song Hard Being Strange bring another feast of sound and imagination to feed the raging hunger already ignited by the release. The first band offers up a song filled with guitar led fuzzy warm pop filled within a scuzz littered rock surface, whilst the vocals lay another smouldering harmonic heat to add its glaze to proceedings. Its successor from Plasticine also takes rock music on a melodic ride though with a distinct character to its indie infection and the great slightly quirky vocals of guitarist Andrew. There is a familiarity to the track too but one which defies recognition and adds more to the pleasure.

The pop rock, slightly Green Day like, sound of Loose Lips and their track Dr Evil next bounces across the ear igniting passions and limbs into another thrilled exercise of contribution. It is an excellent piece of contagion which leaves you exhausted and with a needy urge to press play again, and for the record after a few four strong bands, the trios have returned.

The consecutive treats of Little Rope from Tigercub, a riveting stamp of grungy rock ‘n’ roll and virulent anthemic energy, and the soul romping Oh The Days from Almighty Planets stamp their exciting ingenuity permanently on thoughts and passions to demand and undoubtedly receive further investigation, though every artist on the release earns that.

Sea Monsters 3 is outstanding and just shows how much talent there is in one city alone awaiting your discovery. With the likes of 900 Spaces, Luo, Negative Pegasus, Thedealwasforthediamond, and Abi Wade adding their exciting promise and sounds to the equally intriguing offerings of DA-10 ft. Us Baby, Bear Bones, Phoria , Soccer96, Written In Waters, If Heroes Should Fail, Jacko Hooper, and Holy Vessels, this is one compilation only a fool would ignore. With something for everyone it is one of the best introductions to any band anywhere and there are twenty five of the buggers here, some not a trio too.

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Sea Monsters 3 track listing:

Top & Turn (Demo)         Kins

2. Red   Phoria

3. Fears                Luo

4. Aquarius         Soccer96

5. Guiones De Escadrilla                Squadron Leaders

6. Peggy               Traams

7. Natural Jazz   Negative Pegasus

8. Abraxical Solapse        Physics House Band

9. For My Sins    Thedealwasforthediamond

10. Ligeia              Written in Waters

11. Arras (ii)        If Heroes Should Fail

12. Pro Rata        Broker

13. Coffee           Gnarwolves

14. Rule Breaker               Suave Debonair

15. Bar After Bar               Rum Committee

16. Indigo            DA-10 featuring Us Baby Bear Bones

17. Teenage Silhouettes               Great Pagans

18. Hard Being Strange  Plasticine

19. Dr Evil             Loose Lips

20. Eleven Pairs of Wings    900 Spaces

21. Little Rope   Tigercub

22. Heavy Heart                Abi Wade

23. In Angers      Jacko Hooper

24. Fever             Holy Vessels


RingMaster 31/07/2013

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Bleak Falls: Another Rainy Day EP

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    Admittedly it took a few listens to be ultimately persuaded but the Another Rainy Day EP, the debut release from UK melodic hardcore band Bleak Falls, is a rather decent outrage upon the ear. The first encounter with the release certainly was not one which led to great negativity or disinterest but did leave one unsure, the collection of songs almost needing a kind of deciphering by the senses. In the end though Another Rainy Day argues its case and it emerges as a release which leaves one satisfied and looking forward to their future creativity.

It is fair to say on the evidence of the EP that the Worthing quintet are still finding their sound so that right now they do not have a place distant from the rest but there is plenty to suggest it will come within the six tracks making up the release.  It at times brawls with the senses and in others moments takes them on a creative insight into the imagination of the band. It is a thoughtfully crafted record which tries to be adventurous and in varying degrees succeeds without finding that unique breath. The release also raises an issue with the vocals where though frontman Ridgewell is a fine deliverer of venomous and passionate squalls, his bruising and raw confrontation an impacting element, his lack of deviation from a single stance abrasion does at times negate some of the invention and subtle creativity going on. It is something which will work itself out no doubt ahead but does prevent the EP finding the strongest depths of appeal.

For their debut though it is hard not to be the right side of  impressed overall despite that grievance and from the opening instrumental the release, Bleak Falls Cover Artworkgiven the time, emerges as a pleasing and promising proposition. The enticing intro does not give a full picture of what is to come though the tight groove and expansive and acidic melodic surge does give a brief whisper musically of the intent of the band. As soon as Morning Light unleashes its muscles though the game is on and the senses in for a battering lined with inviting sonic caresses. The track is a fury of intimidating rhythms from the drums of Ben Vaughan and the predatory bass of Donald Wainwright whilst the sonic stinging and raptorial riffs from guitarists Christopher Shane-Chan and Paden Vaughan make powerful adversaries for the senses, the whole union offering a blistering engagement which captures the imagination and aligned to the song’s unpredictable switches in pace, intensity, and ideas is deeply contagious. It is a great song and arguably the moment where everything works perfectly together and shows why the band has garnered strong expectations of them ahead and live performance recognition whilst supporting the likes of Landscapes, The Long Haul, Isolated, Honour Is Dead, If Heroes Should Fail, and Set Your Sails.

The following Chapter Eighteen opens with a wonderful gnarly bass crawl from Wainwright and outstanding beats which recall the Killing Joke debut so many years ago, before erupting into a furnace of vocal malevolence, charged riffs, and engaging ideas. It is a song bringing good unpredictability to its sinewy presence with the senses chewing metallic riffs a mighty enticement spearing further sonic thought. It is a brief threat in length but one which again elevates the anticipation of much more from the band in the future.

Rollin’ On 60’s and Dear Brother do not manage to draw the same reactions, the concussive mix of caustic vocals over classic metal glancing melodic endeavours more formula than before but both are brought with skill and accomplished heart. The first of the two is another very brief riot, barely touching the two minute mark which works in its favour to be honest, leaving on a high before the raw onslaught exceeds its sell by date. The second is initially a pleasing weave of red hot guitar play and emotive melodic textures, the skills on show impressive and magnetic. After two minutes of molten enterprise the vocal scowls of Ridgewell enter and disrupt the affection earned. The track is calling out for another approach from him and one hopes they will reassess the vocals a touch in the future to match the acutely shaped sounds as open on the track.

Closing Pass A Promise is a track which returns to chewing up the senses and feeding the ear crunching riffs and searing sonic shapes of sound and emotion. It is a strong and again adventurous end to what is a generally pleasing release continues to inspire the belief that this is an impressive band in the making. For their first introduction Bleak Falls has through the far from flawless Another Rainy Day, still opened up a door of opportunities for their creativity and presence as a band.

RingMaster 06/12/2012

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