Once in a while it’s good to open the gates of Metal Addicts’ heaven of reviews to bands that are, let’s say, a bit controverse in Metal music world. It means that the page is open and willing to embrace all kinds of Metal music and bands that make Metal movement stronger. Of course, it’s not all albums that will please the demanding Metal fan, and yet, the more demanding Metal Addicts’ fan. But we try to.
Metalcore in its essence is some kids trying to incorporate to Metal music some new trends. Well, as a matter of fact, in my opinion, it didn’t go that well. I mean, many of the bands seemed to be trying to be more commercial and popular by adding rap and techno features into Metal. You, my fan, know what I think about it and it’s useless to write all of it again.
That put, April Art with “Rise & Fall” show us what could be called a pop Metalcore with female vocals which, by the way, as you my fan know, give all the color to their music. I guess I wouldn’t review them if it weren’t for the vocals. Well, it’s undeniable that they change everything because all the atmosphere of the music changes. Take “Fading Away,” for instance. The song would be something pretty standard if it weren’t for the bright and outstanding Lisa-Marie Watz vocals. The same happens with opening and tittle track “Rise & Fall” with all the electronic effects, but with the charismatic voice of the girl.
For the record, against all the rules of Metalcore, there are guitar solos in “Rise & Fall.” Guitars are in general bright and strong not hiding in tons of effects that hide them and the usual inability of guitarists of the subgenre. Here we have a feast of guitars what is a thing that all metallers in the world desire. Though the pop tone of tracks as “Jealousy” and “Sacrifice” – which, by the way, has the best guitar solo of the album – “Rise & Fall” stands out for the fan that isn’t that hardheaded. I’d say it’s a good mix of pop structures with good and strong guitars.
April Art “Rise & Fall” was independently released on August 14th.
- Rise & Fall
- Not Fair
- You Want It All
- Life in the Fast Lane
- Desire and Yearning
- From the Inside
- Where Do We Go
- Fading Away
Watch “Rise & Fall” official video here: