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Dead To Fall - Phoenix Throne Review

by Mike Rapin

If I could rate the top 10 CDs in the last year that have seriously impressed me, I would have to say that Dead To Fall's Phoenix Throne would definitely have to be somewhere on that list. The CD starts off with a very anti-inspirational song and it only makes me want to listen to more. "All My Heroes Have Failed Me" kicks the ass of any listener with its heavy sound and deadly amazing lyrics. The breakdown and solo only complement the greatness of the song.

"Womb Portals" bursts into the ears of the listener, again with amazingly written lyrics. The song grabs everything that makes metalcore great and then makes it better.

Continuing on, pinch harmonics and more of those anti-inspirational lyrics that inspire only centralism of one's self pointing out how "Tomorrow none of you will mean a God-damned thing." A favorite of mine on the CD and a notable song nonetheless.

If you like a good, slower-paced metalcore song, definitely check out "Servant Of Sorrow." The core riff alone will grab any fan of Between The Buried & Me, but the song it self sounds a bit repetitive. Then, without notice, you're hit with "Chum Fiesta." A severe speed-up from "Servant Of Sorrow, the track is replete with dueling guitars sliding up and up the guitar neck. The drop back down to a slower tempo is a bit disappointing, but is made up by the great ending.

Dead to Fall makes me want to listen to them more with songs like "Guillotine Dream (Slow Drugs)" because it shows off their talent as a band. I mean, sure they can do a crazy-fast song, but to do an very slow metalcore song; that's impressive. The sweet lead guitar riff makes the song in sync with the drums To hit the "typical metal intro in a action movie" sound, "Doomed To Failure" begins and then leads into faster paced verse and a guitar covered chorus, The gist of the song seems to be a bit of a story lyrically and an excellent sound musically. And you gotta love the breakdowns people, really.

"Clock Tower Corpse Collector" reminded me a bit of Lamb Of God if they let their drummer span out a bit. This interlude of a song leaves any fan of metalcore banging their head to the bad-ass sound of this three minute interlude also called a huge f***ing breakdown in Dead To Fall's case.

When I first heard "The Reptile Lord," I thought about that silly, yet hilarious movie "Joe Dirt." 'Why you ask? No f***in' clue, but it could have something to do with that alligator bitch in the movie, or maybe the fact that the lyrics are actually are "No time for regret; remorse" and Joe Dirt is all about living life to the fullest. No idea. It's a damn good song either way.

To finish up the CD, "Death & Rebirth" fools you with a slow intro, but then turns into a punch in the face with its speed, amazing guitar riffage and 'beat-up-your-mom' drums. The interlude of this song has a Dimmu Borgir worthy chorus. And all is well in the world.

I have to say that I am very happy to have heard Dead To Fall's album Phoenix Throne. There is not a bad song on the CD and lyric-wise, it's incredible. Pick it up!

Track Listing:
1. All My Heroes Have Failed Me
2. Womb Portals
3. Smoke & Mirrors
4. Servant of Sorrow
5. Chum Fiesta
6. Guillotine Dream (Slow Drugs)
7. Doomed To Failure
8. Clock Tower Corpse Collector
9. The Reptile Lord
10. Death & Rebirth

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