Here I Come Falling
Oh Grave, Where Is Thy Victory
Another metalcore band overshadowed by the genre leaders
Here I Come Falling hail from Springfield, Missouri, a place in the upper regions of the United States Southern region. This has no doubt had a huge influence on the boys, as the scene has become so strong there that even bands from the United Kingdom who are being labelled Southern metal bands. These guys don't have much in common with bands like Down and (Zakk Wylde's) Black Label Society though. But they do share a lot in common with bands As I Lay Dying and Maylene And The Sons Of Disaster.
Here I Come Falling are a self confessed Christian metalcore band, much like the above named bands, and a heavy influence has been taken from each. Oh Grave, Where Is Thy Victory starts off very bland as it shows no originality, and with bands such as Still Remains and As I Lay Dying releasing quality albums not too long ago, the album comes short of what is now expected as the standard.
The vocals at times seem strained and things become all too familiar when the chorus erupts with a whiney emo voice. Although it is good to hear an album with a lot of energy put into it, the energy is misdirected and does nothing to save the album from doomed repetition.
It isn't until the fifth track The Birds In The Sky, The Fish In The Sea that a different approach is employed, and the carnage fades into synthesizers with electronic drum beats. This is unfortunately part of that misguided energy as it sounds foreign in comparison to the rest of the album, and ruins the consistency of the album.
Usually Christian bands don't let their faith affect their music in any noticeable way besides the lyrics, but Here I Come Falling have gone out on a limb and included an acoustic, melodic track And So We'll Be With The Lord Forever, complete with emotional vocals devoid of growling or whining. Maybe this should have been employed for the entire album, as it is a refreshing track that shows a brilliant vocal style beyond what is heard in every metalcore release.
Oh Grave, Where Is Thy Victory rarely treads new ground, and with such strong competition from a fast expanding genre, the album doesn't meet the standard needed to set the band apart from the masses of sub-standard metalcore bands releasing albums every year. Maybe the acoustic track just goes to show that they may have a better chance at success with a major style change.
(Rise Records/Stomp Distribution)