Fangs! can be scary, but this is just good.
Posted March 24, 2009
I will say going into this review that Falling up has always been one of those bands that never registered much on my radar. I worked at a Christian rock radio station for over a year and have been a fan of Christian rock my entire life, but yet they never did catch my attention. I have always liked the singles played on the radio and the free mp3 downloads here and there and yet they never made me want to buy their albums to hear more. Until the new single from Fangs! "Streams of Woe at Acheron" registered on the chart for my show.
I was intrigued.
Once I got a copy in my hands, I listened to it once, then again, and now it is still playing even as I write this review.
This album is a concept album, based on a screenplay written by Falling Up's guitarist and lead singer Jessy Ribordy. The sci-fi storyline it follows is introduced in at the beginning of the liner notes and sheds light on the albums lyrics. The story even makes the odd yet intriguing album cover and art layout make sense. I won't reveal more about the storyline than that, but I will just say this, it is fascinating.
As far the sound of the album, it is still recognizable as Falling Up, but as the sci-fi theme of the album might imply, it has a space rock sound. Still aggressive and heavy in places, don't expect to rock out and mosh to much of anything from this disc. Fangs is very atmospheric and a joy to listen to, and this is coming from a person who usually prefers his music hard and heavy from beginning to end.
This is a great album. I honestly don't know who else to compare it to. Fans of Falling Up should pick Fangs! up for sure, and if you ever wished that bands like Radiohead would tame it down a little bit and be less experimental and ramp up the heaviness a little then I think you will like it too. It's a keeper.
4 out of 5 stars
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