Erica Barile (vocals), Giovanni Barile (guitar), Mikey Lane (drums) and "Dan the Man" Scala (bass) are the members of Fall of Man. The band's recent release Hallways and Doors is somewhere between heavy rock and metal.
There are six songs on this EP and the band has said that “no two songs sound the same.” I have to say I disagree but trust me this is a good thing. It’s not like there’s a jazz song followed by pop-punk. The band displays cohesion with these six songs and is able to build a signature sound. This is far more effective in building an audience than having an album full of disparate sounding songs.
As you take in the EP other styles start to emerge. You can hear hints of prog rock. The band Rush came to mind. There is also this mystical whimsical vibe happening at times. It reflects the album cover and you can hear it in the music every once in awhile.
The band opens with “Hallways and Doors.” It initially starts off with clean reverb laced guitars, bass and vocals but you can already tell the song is going to rock. The first thing I noticed was the drummer. He has some great beats, fills and really drives the music. The vibe is a bit dark, arguably ominous sounding at times. Good stuff. Some of that mystical essence I was referring to starts to emerge when they rock out.
“Lullaby” like the previous song is heavy, dark and rocks out quite hard. The double bass drum was kicking my ass and I really enjoyed the juxtaposition from the female vocals. The band continues to form a solid foundation with “Leave Me Alone” and “Breathe” which contain memorable hooks and technical proficient performances.
“Glory” is arguably the highlight. The song reaches some epic heights and reminded me of some classic ’80s metal bands. They close epically with “Suddenly.”
Overall any fan of metal, rock or any sub-genre should at the very least check out what this band offers. I think it will appease their thirst for a band that can deliver the goods.
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