The Fallen - _The Tones in Which We Speak_
by: Adrian Bromley (
Right off the bat, I'm thinking to myself, "These guys are so easily classifiable. They are a thrash metal band that play thick riffs and contain menacing vocals. What else is left to say?" Then I thought, "Is it going to be that easy to write this review? I need a few more listens." After numerous more spins, I came to the same conclusion, but I did have a lot more respect for The Fallen, for paying homage to the thrash metal heroes of years past but still trying to make their music come off a bit more varied. While the riffs are heavy as fuck and the solos would make any guitar fan take note, in the end The Fallen speak the same "tones" that many metal fans have already issued to us die-hard metal fans. Some of us just get sick and tired of hearing rehashed stuff, you know? I think in the end their influences will shine more than their attempt to take their music to another level. As Metallica's James Hetfield used to sing with conviction: "Sad but true..."
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(article published 10/25/2000)
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