fallfiftyfeet
Twisted World Perspective


3.5
great

Review

by Tranqyl USER (11 Reviews)
July 21st, 2021 | 35 replies


Release Date: 07/09/2021 | Tracklist

Review Summary: “I bet you’d love to feel something”

It feels like it’s been a long time since such an eclectic mixture of aggressive metalcore/post-hardcore has been released. Maybe that’s just the remnants of 2020 still fighting for relevance, but I can’t name any bands that have released something seriously solid in that particular variety at least for the last year. And here we are, and so are fallfiftyfeet, who aren’t easily boxed in by genre classifications. Part metalcore, part post-hardcore, part math rock, and part hardcore. They certainly lean primarily on the first two, but the introduction of the latter two is always a pleasant addition. That delicate mixture described above, to me, that’s what gives the essence of good music in this territory. That secret element? The courage to experiment and the persistence to pull it off. And both of those are things that fallfiftyfeet have in spades.

I’ve never truly liked a full track by track analysis, so I’ll break down some highlights with added commentary. Situational Thriller brings the metalcore punch and backs it with mathy riffs and post-hardcore hooks with lines such as, “I bet you’d love to feel something”. And yet even when the track could return to its metalcore elements it continues unexpectedly with the post-hardcore before deviating at a perfect and erratic moment. Cell Dmg maintains a consistent metalcore weight while splicing in elements of hardcore. It continues the trend of melody yet fails to re-enter the realm of post-hardcore. The highlight of the track to me is where it becomes a contrast between what almost sounds like a horn section and mathy plucking until the track dives full-sale back into aggression. There’s slower melodic or atmospheric moments in The Gloom, Twisted World, and Perspective to complete the package as an engaging and eclectic album. Yet, the track I truly want to highlight is Commit to the Bit. This track encompasses entirely how I feel about the album. It begins with the traditional metalcore sound, but around the halfway mark it diverges into an awkwardly spoken section (with backing instrumental) that almost feels like it was inspired by the Insane Clown Posse or a bunch of DND players attempting to freestyle. And then yet, right after this section, it seamlessly transitions into Jon Mess style screaming which the vocalist pulls off to full success. And even further still, the final word given in said screaming section is awkwardly stuttered out in such an odd way that I nearly thought I was listening to an almost perfect (yet still canned) studio demo that found its way into the finished product.

Those thoughts are what truly give the album definition to me. I can almost creatively relate to what the band is going through. They are sitting at the peak of a pyramid balancing passion, excellent creative ideas, and technical skill with the opposing weight on the scale - amateurity. No matter how bright this album shines, I can’t help but see the influences shining through in every part of the design. And yet, that’s not truly a negative. The fact that this band has managed to create such a great album with such signs of amateurity leaves me incredibly optimistic of what they might be able to produce in a few years time.

This album kicks ass. It’s revitalizing. It’s slightly awkward. It’s brutish and consistently creative. It wears its influences on its sleeve. All in all, I’m excited for the future of fallfiftyfeet, but in the meantime I can hope that this album does not go unnoticed.



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Comments:Add a Comment 
Tranqyl
July 21st 2021


432 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

self-bump for the hell of it

Digging: Calabrese - Flee The Light

Rowhaus
July 22nd 2021


4264 Comments


that artwork is sick

Tranqyl
July 22nd 2021


432 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Absolutely. I think it's some kind of satanic beargoat. Reminds me a bit of the Totem Skin artwork.

Josh D.
July 22nd 2021


16647 Comments


hm a couple songs in, this is fun so far

GreyShadow
July 22nd 2021


4975 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

i'm having so much fun with this. i admittedly haven't listened to them much but it kinda reminds me of Wolf and Bear but like light years better than what i remember

Digging: Adjy - The Idyll Opus (I-VI)

Tranqyl
July 22nd 2021


432 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Yeah, Wolf and Bear had that generic metalcore meets fun DGD sound. They did produce a few bangers though, so it's a shame they never really went anywhere with that. These guys though seem to be on a whole 'nother level creatively in comparison.

Get Low
July 22nd 2021


10732 Comments


i like feet

Edit: Upon listening to some of this, I have to declare that I, however, do not like fallfifty feet.

Tranqyl
July 22nd 2021


432 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I think you're casting an awful lot of shade on people who enjoy damaged feet.

SteakByrnes
July 22nd 2021


24320 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Oh shit a Tranqyl review pog, gonna have to check this

Digging: Origami Button - No Parking

Project
July 22nd 2021


5021 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I don't really hear the Underoath or DGD comparisons, but this band has a ton of potential. Nice to hear another metalcore band that has some melodic sensibility but is neither swancore nor easycore-adjacent



I think the technical skills and intensity are definitely there, the songwriting just needs a little more cohesion and variety for this band to be really something special

Digging: Adjy - The Idyll Opus (I-VI)

Get Low
July 22nd 2021


10732 Comments


yeah these tracks are messy as hell

Tranqyl
July 22nd 2021


432 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

How's it going, Steak? Been a minute.



The screaming section in Commit to the Bit is unmistakably influenced by Jon Mess. I also found that during some of the melodic sections the type of mathiness played by the guitars reminded me of Will Swan on the earlier DGD albums. I'm not exactly sure about the Underoath comparison. I just got a similar vibe from the structure of certain melodic sections as well.



But yeah, in the end it comes down to the song-writing. Both through the compositional variety of the instrumentals and the lyricism. Still slaps tho.

Project
July 22nd 2021


5021 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I guess when I see DGD in a rec section I assume it's going to be tappy, poppy swancore and this doesn't have the upbeat, hyper-melodic vibes that I associate with DGD, but I see your point, particularly about the vox

SteakByrnes
July 22nd 2021


24320 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Going pretty well brotha man, jammin the good jams. Hope you're well boi, good review as usual :] album was pretty good, they have a lot of potential

GreyShadow
July 22nd 2021


4975 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

2 listens in and yeah this is just plain fun front to back. gnarly as fuck.

GarthAlgar
July 22nd 2021


546 Comments


Only a couple tracks in, but I am loving this.
With Greyhaven's Empty Black being in my top 10 all-time, this is making the wait to its follow up much easier.
Great review.
Edit: Pos'd

ConcubinaryCode
July 23rd 2021


5739 Comments


Ever jam svalbard tranq?

Project
July 23rd 2021


5021 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Svalbard sounds nothing like this IMO but they are great

ConcubinaryCode
July 23rd 2021


5739 Comments


Haven't jammed this particular album yet (will tho) but in terms of great pxc they're well worth a listen so I hope he digs. Garth is also right with Greyhaven and I'm eagerly awaiting their next album too.

I was also gonna rec last years loathe but his last review was on it lol

Tranqyl
July 23rd 2021


432 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I have Conc and It's Hard to Have Hope fucks. Also, on the topic of Greyhaven, Brent Mills is excellent on Objects in Mirror. Got me excited for their upcoming album again.



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