Progressive Metal from Malta
"Decline The Fall started with the vocalist having the dream of being in a band. Having no experience he managed to gather some experienced friends to help him start, by time they all had to leave one by one for personal reasons and the line up changed but the vocalist never gave up. Now Decline The Fall have a full line up and the name represents ''fighting'' in the music industry. Trying their best so maybe they can make this their career"
I was pleasantly surprised when I listened to the music of Decline The Fall, they pack quite a bit of passion into what I consider simplistic music. Not saying it is bland by any means or "simple" in the negative sense, it just means they keep the focus on the rhythm and lyrics. You certainly do not think of Malta as having a bustling music scene. But this band certainly puts it on the map as a place for potential powerhouses.
The first song of theirs that I heard was their latest release called Carnival World. It was filled with fantastic energy and epic breakdowns that make your heart almost pulse with the rhythm. They do not rely on all the complicated techniques and vocal enhancers that a lot of bands do nowadays. Which I will discuss later in one of their videos where the spotlight is on the vocals. I am a little shocked as to why this band is not more well known since they certainly can stand alongside many of the great hard rock and metal bands of today. But the lyrics are incredibly empathetic and speak of how cold and faceless the world has become, especially the artistic world. It is refreshing to see a band that is bringing back true artistry rather than creating music just to make money and to make the industry a machine that spits out cookie cutter talent for a quick buck. I could actually listen to this song on repeat and still find it fresh with each play.
As I went through some of their other videos, because as of right now they only have 5 videos, it is interesting to see how they have evolved. Still keeping the passion and integrity but trying to find their niche in the music world. But it is like you get to hear the musical ephinany as their music progresses. Like they are using the cynacism towards the industry and creating something beautiful and empathetic from it. Creating this sense of understanding with those who have chased their dreams only to have doors slammed in their faces by those who do not actually care about the stories or the arts. You can hear this most clearly in Mortal Man, not just in the lyrics but in the breakdown towards the end of the song which gives you a sense of a Phoenix arising from the ashes and never giving up on the dream.
Then I got to a video where it could only be described as a jam session because there was not all of the glitz and glamour of the studio but you could hear the vocal chops of John Castiel. And I must admit, I am not only impressed but captivated by his vocal style. The passion he evoked is absolutely remarkable, showing he could certainly hold his own amongst some of the most memorable vocalists, such as Kurt Cobain, which you can almost hear a little similarity with the clean raspy style but not a copy at all. The video I am referring to is one dedicated to all the mothers out there, called A Hero You Need. Kris Farrugia certainly holds his own with the acostic guitar which compliments John's voice just perfectly. This song alone displays the talent of both men and the passion they hold for the music. Honestly I hope their music career takes off because I know I will be one of the first people buying their EP which they hope to release by the end of 2017. I am glad they never gave up on their dream within this fickle industry where true artistry rarely gets noticed. But rest assured, they are noticed by me and I hope they are by everyone reading this.
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All reviews are written by Italian Metal Queen aka @OceansStorm