Comes With the Fall
Beyond the Last Light


4.0
excellent

Review

by truekebabpower USER (12 Reviews)
July 5th, 2012 | 7 replies


Release Date: 2007 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Beyond the Last Light is another excellent offering from Comes With the Fall, and features the band as comfortably as ever in their place. Even though the future of the band so far is unknown, this album should not go unnoticed.

Rising from the ashes of the glam rock outfit Madfly, came Comes With the Fall. Growing more and more annoyed by the otherwise fun antics that accompany glam bands, the band changed their name and opted for a darker and more organic approach. They were soon noticed by non-other than Jerry Cantrell from the then broken-up Alice in Chains, who happened to be a great fan of the band and also played more than a handful of shows with them. Without going into further detail; in 2007 Comes With the Fall’s front man William DuVall became an official member of Alice in Chains, participating in their successful reunion; but not before releasing three great albums, one of them being Beyond the Last Light.

Perhaps unjustly, but some comparisons to Alice in Chains will surely be drawn one way or another. Besides the obvious vocal similarities, both bands share equal love for both heavy riffs and heartfelt melodies and a refusal to surpass 120 beats per minute (OK yes, not much of a comparison). It would be an incredibly huge mistake to dismiss Comes With the Fall as another one of those generic post-grunge bands. They are a straightforward hard rock band and also a hard rock band at heart. There is a definite 90s mentality behind the album though and it’s pleasantly nostalgic without ever feeling outdated.

DuVall is unmistakably the star of the show, handling the duties of both guitar and vocals, while the rhythm section sets up a nice groove and pocket. His riffs are the driving force, and fall somewhere in the realm of stoner rock, a lot of times they are also psychedelically tinged. His voice, a mixture of Cornell and Staley, is maybe best described as simply powerful. His range is never in question, whether it’s the angry vocals on the straightforward opener Rockslide or hopelessly awaiting death on the decadent track Pale Horse Rider.

There is a fair share of mellower and more positive songs on their third album, more so than on their previous outings, such as the love songs White Hot and Still Got a Hold On My Heart; the latter slightly resembling Black Hole Sun. In most cases lines such as ‘…let's fly into the sun, my love.’ might sound cheesy, but the band pulls it off remarkably well, sounding truly genuine, so you won’t feel ashamed singing along.

Other noteworthy tracks; Black Cross, is the album’s longest track on the album with six minutes or so. They further explore their sound here even adding Middle Eastern melodies to the mix. Hologram on the other hand is a good demonstration of what the band is capable of in little more than three minutes time.

Beyond the Last Light is another excellent offering from Comes With the Fall, and features the band as comfortably as ever in their place. Even though the future of the band so far is unknown, this album should not go unnoticed.



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MrElmo
July 5th 2012


1955 Comments


Good review , flows well but one might question the paragraph where you try to dissociate alice in chains with beyond the last light (especially when the said paragraph is 8 lines long and the paragraphs on the actual music are on the other hand 4 lines small) otherwise I pos

MrElmo
July 5th 2012


1955 Comments


The band sounds at lot like agents of oblivion by the way

truekebabpower
July 5th 2012


639 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Thanks, this is only my second review so any feedback is much appreciated, positive especially. I know I’m kind of contradicting myself there, but there wasn’t really any other way around it considering that Alice in Chains is one my favourite bands if not THE favourite. Just checked agents of oblivion, there are some similarities, you should also check their previous album year is one. It’s much more similar I’d say, darker and more raw.

ZedO
July 6th 2012


1096 Comments


need to hear this

truekebabpower
July 6th 2012


639 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Pale Horse Rider: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qBYhT9GPY0s&feature=relmfu

Hologram: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q125N8bpg5g&feature=relmfu

White Hot: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4MsP3-o2EOw&feature=relmfu

AsoTamaki
July 6th 2012


2525 Comments


Whoa, cool. Nice to see this here. Fantastic band. "Pale Horse Rider" and "Beautiful Destroyer" rule. I like the first two albums better than this one though.

truekebabpower
July 6th 2012


639 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

The first one is kind of meh for me, drags on a little bit, this is much catchier and more polished I guess. But I can see how you might prefer it.



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