I donâ€™t see what the big to do is with having a female singer sound like the mass of other singers out on the market. I mean, completely reminiscent of the traditional screamed-out vocals in the average technicore act are Aliâ€™s vocals during â€œMy Heart, The Beggarâ€. However, the backing instrumentation does some impressive things throughout the entirety of â€œLights Outâ€. There are some influences present in the guitars, drum and bass lines that really tie Fall River into the earlier metal (think Anthrax and early Megadeth), sludge-rock (Fu Manchu, Monster Magnet, Kyuss) and even some of the harder, country-tinted music (Superjoint Ritual, Jackyl).
The tracks all end shortly after they begin; while there is not the ploy for radio play that a great deal of the hardcore/emocore bands make on their albums, there is a sincerity in arrangements that really makes â€œLights Outâ€ an enjoyment to listen to . The inclusion of a second set of vocals during â€œIâ€™m Not a Big Fanâ€¦â€ really spices up the track; the unlikely duet really gives the track a harmony that cannot be find in other places on â€œLights Outâ€. Unfortunately, the track has one of the shortest runtimes of any on the disc; this really makes sense as Fall River really wants to keep innovating and challenging their listeners. Recalling Fear Factory with the tremendous role that Johnâ€™s drums have during â€œIf We Knew Thenâ€¦â€, Fall River even goes farther than these metal deities by tying together the guitar work with the linear drumming. Aliâ€™s vocals really start to break out of their shell during â€œCash Outâ€, a track that really drives some down-deep primal sounding arrangements deep to the core of everyone listening in.
â€œThis Roomâ€™s A Revolutionâ€ continues this primal sound with the sludgey, sinewy guitar lines that link metaphorical arms with the Lars Ulrich-like drumwork created at the end of the track. The restrained opening to â€œDead Ends and U-Turnsâ€ seems odd this late in â€œLights Outâ€; inserting a shrill guitar into the mix towards the ending section of the track gives a certain drive to the track that did not exist previously. Kicking back into high gear for â€œHands In the Airâ€, Fall River begin to end a trek that has placed them all over the musical map, with mostly impressive results. â€œLights Outâ€ is a full album that shows Fall River as always human; the production, mastering and the band themselves all show some connection to the larger mass of humanity.
Top Tracks: DNA of a Liar, Iâ€™m Not A Big Fan Of Parentheses
Fall River â€“ Lights Out / 2005 Thorp / 10 Tracks / http://www.fallriverrock.com / http://www.thorprecords.com / Reviewed 21 November 2005