Review : Bless The Fall - His Last Walk
AbsolutepunkIt was a normal mid-august night in good ol' Austin, Tejas until I was fortunate enough to experience the musical act known as blessthefall. I have to say that I was nothing less than blown away in the auditory sense of course. Immediately after witnessing the spectacular thirty-minute set, I rushed over to the merch-table to see what goodies I could purchase, to support a band I had known for about thirty-five minutes at that point. Even so, I was confident in my spending. I knew from that point that this extraordinary band would become "something" and they would do so very soon.
About two months later, blessthefalll released their debut full-length album that encompasses six new mind-blowing tracks and of course my favorites from the self-titled EP. I picked up this album with extremely high hopes I was not let down. They have impressed me yet once again.
The first track on the record is "A Message To The Unknown." This track starts off this eleven track party with a bang. This is a stand-out track because of the intense energy brought in successfully introducing the band. Next is "Guys Like You Make Us Look Bad," continuing in the musical onslaught of decimation. There is no denying a solid track has been conveyed. To end the movement correctly, they toss in some much-needed double-bass that intensifies the ending and I as well as many are probably content. Next is an old song from the EP, but never the less a worthy addition. Higinia is a track that shows us vocalist Craig really does have vocal homeostasis. "Could Tell A Love" is next, another new one and a solid effort at that displays extensive guitar work from this batch of young fellows. "Rise Up" follows, this track is overall not as insane on the energy meter as the previous tracks, but shows us the drumming skills of "The Moose." Overall a solid rock imprint. Next in the line-up is two oldies, "Times Like These" and "Pray," impressive tracks from an impressive band. After comes blessthefall's Underoath-esque piano ballad reminiscent of D.T.G.L but not as impressive.
After a short breather, the metal obliteration continues with another two tracks of impressive musical standard for any band and especially a new one. The second of the two is Black Rose Dying, probably the track that a lot of people found the band through. Definately a track to remember, but I have a feeling that there will be many more to come in that same line. Ending the album is an appropriate metal farewell is the title-track of the record, "His Last Walk." Basically a three-minute attack on your ears followed by four minutes of silence, and then four minutes of the band having a little fun and showing that they are normal people....full text
SputnikmusicTo start off, this is a post/hardcore band. If it were screamo the album would not have come out the way it did. That being said, it is an OK post/hardcore band. Blessthefall has plenty of growth and development ahead of them, most notably with trying to be different, rather than trying to fit in.
His Last Walk is Blessthefall's first full album recording. The band is signed with Science Records. For the longest time their CD was only available on some websites, but it was finally released to Hot Topic on April 10th. The band formed in Phoenix in January of 2004; as such I am quite impressed by their ability to create a respectable album thatís already being sold in stores. Blessthefall have done alright with finding their own sound and bringing it out throughout the album. The mixing and general production on His Last Walk is done sub-par, but its not too bad....full text
Ultimate-guitarSound: I was first introduced to this band by my cousin, and first off I wanna say I don't listen to much hardcore bands because the all sound the same. Bur when I heard these guys, it sounded unique and different from other bands. The vocalist has a soft singing voice but then a good solid scream; it's kind of hard to believe that he's the same guy that sings and screams. BlessTheFall is a Christian band, so of course there is no cursing on the album. The album itself has a religious feel to it, but it doesnt't overwhelm you with their beliefs. Overall, the sound is good with only a few minor flaws here and there. // 9
Lyrics and Singing: The lyrics on the album are amazing, to say the least. Although you probably wont understand a lot of them, they have a deep meaning in most of the songs. For example, their song "Guys Like You Make Us Look Bad" is about a girl that got raped, and "Higinia" is about the vocalists grandma. Some people will think, wow that's kinda lame, but you just have to listen to it and the songs will stick to you. There is a few references to God in a couple of songs, but the only song that is focused on that aspect is the last song, "His Last Walk". // 10
Impression: This CD is Blessthefalls first LP, and it is a great start, with the amazing lyrics to the good guitar riffs. The songs that stick out to me are the 2 singles, Higinia and Guys Like You Make Us Look Bad. Both of them have deep lyrical meaning and the riffs are just great. Besides those, my 2 favorite tracks are Black Rose Dying and Wait for Tomorrow. Both have the best guitar riffs IMO and just stand above the rest. Although I have said a lot of good things about the album, there are some bad. The guitar riffs in 1 or 2 songs sound kind of, off, compared to the rest of the album. If this album got stolen/lost, yes I would grab another copy because they're a great band, and great people (I met them at Warped Tour '07 San Diego). // 9...full text
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