Review Summary: It's definitely a decent screamo album, considering it's on Rise Records, a label known for releasing subpar albums by untalented bands. It could still use improvement, though.1 of 1 thought this review was well written
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Heavy screams, clean singing, synths, I'm sure you've all heard it before. Most nu-screamo bands (and some metalcore bands) use that formula, and for some it brings success. It worked for Underoath & The Devil Wears Prada, so hey it should work for everyone right? Not necessarily. Some bands go overboard with the synths (Attack Attack, Enter Shikari), while with some bands it's just basically in the background keeping the song going. Here I Come Falling would probably go in the latter category. The synth doesn't overrun everything else, but you can definitely tell it's there. It works pretty well for them and it puts them above overly synth-happy bands like Attack Attack.
The synth is not really the most important part of the music, though; if anything, it's just an added extra. With most bands, the vocals are what makes the music enjoyable or what makes the music an aural disaster. Thankfully, HICF do okay in the vocal department. Like a lot of screamo bands, they alternate between screamed vocals and cleanly sung vocals. The screams are definitely good, but they aren't much different from the screams from the likes of The Devil Wears Prada. Same goes for the clean vocals; they sound pretty similar to The Devil Wears Prada's clean vocals, which means they're good but might be too high pitched for some people. They use the typical screamo/metalcore approach with screams in the verses and clean vocals in the choruses. This eventually starts to get tedious, because other than the one instrumental and the song "And So We'll Be With The Lord Forever", they use the pattern in every song. They don't seem to make any attempt to change it up; they stick with one pattern and use it till the end. The guitars and drums basically just carry the vocals along with the rest of the song; I would make a comment about the bass but like in most heavy music it isn't very audible.
Even though they aren't really original, Here I Come Falling do have some positives: they play a stale genre well, and they are better than most of the bands on their record label, Rise Records. If you're looking for a completely new experience in screamo music, you won't find anything here. But if you know what you want in your screamo, you will probably like this.
Put The City to the Sword
Like Sheep Among Wolves
The Beast from the East
And So We'll Be With The Lord Forever