Album review by Allyson Kingsley music journalist with Metal Coffee/Metal Moose
Metalcore is a genre that holds a place in many metalhead’s hearts. From its humble beginnings with hearing the opening riff to “Holy Diver” back in the day to the penetrating riffs from All That Remains metalcore still gets people talking about the genre’s growth. Within its existence, metalcore has had different periods.While the originators are being argued over and to those who pursued the genre and gave it its strength, we now have contemporary artists interested in continuing the genre’s legacy. Many bands take on the genre and add twist and shifts to it, such as Parkway Drive or the new wave of progressive metalcore bands like After the Burial, adding onto the original genre. With a band like Misery Falls, they take the root of what metalcore is all about and run with it.
Hailing from western New York, Misery Falls exemplify the core aspects of what metalcore is meant to be: lyrical themes of heartbreak, tragedy, war or horror, bouncy face-punching riffs, and mixes of clean and guttural vocals with an added helping of the horror metal genre. The trio are bothers Dylan, Mitchell and Alex Desmit and together have tapped into the elusive fountain of creativity. These dudes know how to play and the lively drumming and inspiring and fluid guitar work impresses on a technical level.
The album Adeline makes no large changes to this formula but there are a few additional elements to sweeten the pot – including a tasting of thrash, and bits of death metal. The intro to the album starts with the instrumental piece called "Prologue:The Haunting" which sets the tone rather nicely for the rest of the album. The album is divided into chapters as you see on the track listing and from this I speculate they have a story to tell, albeit a horror influenced one. Then again some of life experiences are equivalent to horror stories so interpret the lyrics as you will. The final track "October Left Behind " has more hints of the dark heaviness that I love. Although I am not a huge fan of clean vs harsh vocals (preferring the harsh side), I admire how they have blended it so smoothly on Adeline.
Prologue: The Haunting
Chapter 1: This Picture-Perfect Tragedy
Chapter 2: Those Who Hide In the Shadows
Chapter 3: Adeline
Chapter 4: Home
Chapter 5: The Arrival
Chapter 6: A War Waged in Darkness
Chapter 7: Afraid, Alone
Chapter 8: A Road Most Treacherous
Chapter 9: Of Gods and Ghosts
Track 10: Eternal
Chapter 11: October Left Behind