Review Summary: ...If you're into this style of music, then I suggest buying or downloading the album and giving it a few listens, you’ll be singing along, and banging your head in no time.
A metalcore band out of Chicago, Dead to Fall released their debut album titled, Everything I Touch Falls to Pieces, back in 2002 with an entirely different lineup then now. Since then, they've released two other albums, Villainy & Virtue and The Phoenix Throne. Both of which have sold more then 60,000 copies and have created the fan base they have now. Comparing their old lineup to their current one is an obvious reason for the drastic change in their musical style. Everything I Touch Falls to Pieces is solid and displays brutality throughout the entire cd.
This album kicks off with an intro that leaves you anticipating more of the assault displayed. The riffs rip though, and chug for a minute and eleven seconds before heading into the second track, Memory. The intro is definitely the most repetitive song on the cd, for all the other tracks seem to change up their melody, and riffs throughout the song. Guitars aren't glamorous, or prestige in anyway, but they definitely do the trick. Mediocre guitars are what you find here, with definite solid breakdown riffs that leave you wanting more. The songs have many parts of them, and you'll rarely find yourself becoming bored with this album.
Along with the guitars, the vocals are also solid, and a positive for the cd. Growls are apparent throughout the cd, along with higher pitched screams. The lyrics are clear enough to comprehend, while still maintaining a brutal sound in the voice. Lyric wise, they aren't the best, but it becomes an acquired taste. Listening now, enjoyment is easily found in the lyrics for they deal with emotional breakdowns, and still find room for imaginary metaphors. You'll find yourself singing along with the songs after a few listens, and maybe even some air guitar. As said before the lyrics are acquired, but they also keep strong to whole metal scene in general, while gates of hell might be cheesy in a conversation with a buddy, they seem to fit nicely in the music.
The gates of hell are open for me, as far as my eyes can see
All said and done, the cd is above average and should find a place in music listeners’ cd players or iPods. They display what metalcore is, and what it should be, with flaws here and there. They're not extraordinary, but they have very strong aspects to their music that should be reckoned with. The entire cd keeps interest while having it's moments of glory, along with some metalcore clichés. If you're into this style of music, then I suggest buying or downloading the album and giving it a few listens, you’ll be singing along, and banging your head in no time.