Album review: FALLING RED – Empire Of The Damned

Falling Red

Self Release [Release date – 27.01.14]

There can’t have been many rock bands from Carlisle over the years but Falling Red may be about to put the town firmly on the rock map. Over the last 6 years the band have toured up and down the country tirelessly and have built up a sizeable following in the process. This is the band’s first album and was financed by said fans via Pledge Music so the pressure to deliver is on.

I don’t think anyone will be disappointed with the results as the guys have laid down eleven slabs of heavy, sleaze rock with an industrial metal edge. ‘Time To Rise’, which opens proceedings, heads down the Motley Crue route before turning into Marilyn Manson territory for ‘ The Devil You Know’.

Other tracks that particularly caught my ear were the title track ‘Empire Of The Damned’ and the excellent ‘We Escaped A Cult’. There is quality to the songwriting and the band aren’t afraid to mess things around, just when you think you know where a song is heading it veers off at a tangent which keeps things interesting.

Overall this is a good, solid album which will appeal to the Black Veil Bride generation and one which should see their existing fan base expand in the coming year.  ***1/2

David Wilson 


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