Fallen Figure
Devival


4.0
excellent

Review

by Kevin Jalmax USER (9 Reviews)
May 13th, 2010 | 16 replies | 5,786 views


Release Date: 2010 | Tracklist


2 of 2 thought this review was well written

Often times a band or an artist will be overlooked because they merely decided to show up a little late to the party; even if what they do is better than anything else that has already gathered the attention of the crowd; Fallen Figure is a prime example of this unfortunate reality. In a genre packed with yawn worthy bands masked by crystal-clear production value and 808's, Fallen Figure proves that you can breathe some life into a seemingly dead horse. Their 2010 release Devival is a noteworthy debut from a band who will hopefully acquire the attention they truly deserve.

The first thing that captures the ear of the listener is the stellar production. Devival achieves a beautiful mix of mid-range heavy distorted guitars and powerful drum tone (albeit a bit triggered), and not one thing seems to be stepping on the toes of the other. The vocals are dead center-panned and that is exactly where they belong; they are clearly not the main strength of the band, though Sonik is not a bad vocalist by any stretch of the imagination. In a constant 200-BPM assault on the listener, you start to pick apart the real strengths of the band. Gabe Lopez is a tremendous example of the death metal drummer. He creates a vibrant array of sounds from the bells on his cymbals while seemlessly keeping an unrelenting beat beneath the band. He is a key part in the band and the production only helps to exemplify that fact. The vocals are your classic death-metal highs and lows, and Sonik fits the bill very well. A raw mid-range and a shrieking high here and there adds tons to the intensity of the already blistering music. The style he puts forth is nothing new by any stretch of the imagination, but in a sense that might be the appeal. The bass is unfortunately buried deep underneath the rest of the instrumentation, but in this genre that has come to be expected and quite frankly the guitars more than make up for it. Fallen Figure's guitarists Jonny Cruz and Dan Sugarman are an excellent duo and show up tons of others who have tried to pull off this style. The best comparison that can be made is if As Blood Runs Black had guitarists who actually paid attention in music theory class. Dan Sugarman is a phenomenal lead guitarist, and he achieves a beautiful tone on each and every solo, his guitar-work keeps the album interesting throughout. He has a fresh approach with a variety of influences that go far outside just The Black Dahlia Murder and Cannibal Corpse.

While the album is sonically pleasing, it suffers from the one of the bigger downfalls in newer metal albums: monotony. The songs are certainly good, but it is difficult to decipher one from the other and it can become frustrating. Going track to track you're likely to hear one intro that sounds just like one two or three songs ago, which in essence isn't all that terrible as the songs are certainly entertaining. However, an album lacking dynamic just seems to be more of a showcase of songs rather than a unified statement which keeps it from being anything close to a classic. This, for a debut, is definitely forgivable as there is always room to improve and based on their musicianship this band will likely do just that. An upside to Fallen Figure is they don't rely on the breakdown to create the "heavy" factor, and don't heavily base the song around just trying to get kids to swing their arms around.

Devival is by no means perfect, but I'll be damned if it isn't entertaining. It is an incredibly fresh approach to a mind-numbing genre crowded by a sea of imitators. If you are willing to give something that is "deathcore" or "progressive death metal" a shot, this should be a record you invest in.



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burnafterbreeding
May 13th 2010



1466 Comments


Pardon if this seems a bit rushed

bloozclooz
May 13th 2010



1770 Comments


Rating is a bit high. But i mostly agree with you

asdemonsburn
May 13th 2010



793 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

this is not progressive death metal

thomasj12e34
May 14th 2010



195 Comments


these guys arent too bad, but their lyrics are horrible at times

burnafterbreeding
May 14th 2010



1466 Comments


I agree its not really prog death, but quite frankly i feel like the two genre names have become so blurred that i'd try to be as broad as possible.

witchxrapist
May 14th 2010



10733 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

This is okay idk, it might grow on me.

witchxrapist
May 14th 2010



10733 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Basically.

witchxrapist
May 14th 2010



10733 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Further into the album, there's some really sweet riffs, but overall it's average, but those few moments are +.5 imo.

sexpoi
May 14th 2010



597 Comments


good review i'll check this out

bloc
May 14th 2010



34499 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Decent album, kinda had my hopes up though.

Digging: He Is Legend - I Am Hollywood

burnafterbreeding
May 14th 2010



1466 Comments


I apologize, I was mostly excited at the fact that this didn't immediately make me want to turn it off the moment I heard it. Probably not 4 to be quite honest, but I do think this is a great effort.

bloc
May 14th 2010



34499 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Haha, you misunderstood. I heard this album long before you wrote this review, I was reading up on them at that time and it was getting a bit hyped up. So when I finally listened to it just last month, I was a bit disappointed.

burnafterbreeding
May 14th 2010



1466 Comments


ah, k. now I don't feel so bad.


wanna make out?

iamjosan
August 26th 2010



1 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

First song I heard from these guys was Origins of Decay and that got me hooked on em! This album is pretty br00tal. I love it!

FinalWord
October 25th 2010



99 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

song seem's to all be the same

TBliss2
October 16th 2012



501 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

pretty cool



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