Their formula is tried and true.
Label: Fearless Records
Released: 18th September 2015
“We’ve taken a giant fucking leap forward,” says vocalist Beau Bokan on the topic of album number five. ‘To Those Left Behind’ is Blessthefall’s latest push for the next level as musicians by their own accounts, and one that sees them aim for the sky.
’Up In Flames’ was a tame introduction to this vision; compare it to single ‘Walk On Water’ and it immediately pales: this demands attention, the disarming echoed vocals setting the listener on edge. The calm reprise rings the same as many other tracks, that bridge between thrashing verses and crowd-pleasing choruses dampening a track in a formulaic template. Often, these leaps and curveballs are welcome and interesting, but it can feel like momentum is being sacrificed to shifts that appear across the board.
There are attempts to push their music further: ‘Condition_Comatose’ features a mellow electro blend of sorts, where electronic nuances peppers ‘Looking Down From The Edge’ and ‘Keep What We Love & Burn The Rest’. ‘Dead Air’ and ‘Departures’ are the impassioned live singalongs, and achieve this confidently. Their most fluid songs remain their heaviest, crafted in a way that their more experimental works haven’t quite reached, but they still give a hell of a swing at it.
Their formula, however, is tried and true. While there are obvious attempts to push themselves musically, interesting if jarring at times, there’s a predictability to many moments, several shifting gears away from something that felt bigger. Overall, it’s still a blinder of an album production-wise, their best by far; they’ve pushed for something and got ambition in bucket-loads for their fifth time around the track. Heather McDaid