It was a normal mid-august night in good ol' Austin, Tejas until I was fortunate enough to experience the musical act known as blessthefall. I have to say that I was nothing less than blown away in the auditory sense of course. Immediately after witnessing the spectacular thirty-minute set, I rushed over to the merch-table to see what goodies I could purchase, to support a band I had known for about thirty-five minutes at that point. Even so, I was confident in my spending. I knew from that point that this extraordinary band would become "something" and they would do so very soon.
About two months later, blessthefalll released their debut full-length album that encompasses six new mind-blowing tracks and of course my favorites from the self-titled EP. I picked up this album with extremely high hopes I was not let down. They have impressed me yet once again.
The first track on the record is "A Message To The Unknown." This track starts off this eleven track party with a bang. This is a stand-out track because of the intense energy brought in successfully introducing the band. Next is "Guys Like You Make Us Look Bad," continuing in the musical onslaught of decimation. There is no denying a solid track has been conveyed. To end the movement correctly, they toss in some much-needed double-bass that intensifies the ending and I as well as many are probably content. Next is an old song from the EP, but never the less a worthy addition. Higinia is a track that shows us vocalist Craig really does have vocal homeostasis. "Could Tell A Love" is next, another new one and a solid effort at that displays extensive guitar work from this batch of young fellows. "Rise Up" follows, this track is overall not as insane on the energy meter as the previous tracks, but shows us the drumming skills of "The Moose." Overall a solid rock imprint. Next in the line-up is two oldies, "Times Like These" and "Pray," impressive tracks from an impressive band. After comes blessthefall's Underoath-esque piano ballad reminiscent of D.T.G.L but not as impressive.
After a short breather, the metal obliteration continues with another two tracks of impressive musical standard for any band and especially a new one. The second of the two is Black Rose Dying, probably the track that a lot of people found the band through. Definately a track to remember, but I have a feeling that there will be many more to come in that same line. Ending the album is an appropriate metal farewell is the title-track of the record, "His Last Walk." Basically a three-minute attack on your ears followed by four minutes of silence, and then four minutes of the band having a little fun and showing that they are normal people.
If I had to find a bad point of the record it would be number of new songs that could have been placed on the album. But even then 6 to 5 seems like an even balance of tracks and still did a good job there as well. This also saves the newcomers money because they do not need to purchase the EP to hear blessthefall as a whole.
Listeners who have heard the EP prior will not be dissappointed as it showcases all of the elements of blessthefall and blends it into a remarkable amalgamation that will stand out in the so-called "screamo" genre. I suggest picking it up and checking them out on tour.
1. A Message To The Unknown
2. Guys Like You Make Us Look Bad
4. Could Tell A Love
5. Rise Up
6. Times Like These
8. With Eyes Wide Shut
9. Wait For Tomorrow
10. Black Rose Dying
11. His Last Walk
November 7, 2006