Band: Above The Fallen
Area: Melbourne, Australia
Date of release: 01.03.2019
Genre: Melodic Metalcore
Engineered, Mixed & Mastered: Callan Orr of Avalanche Studios
Videographer: Jordan Tan
For Fans Of: Alpha Wolf, Advocates, Dream on Dreamer.
2018 was very much a rocky year for Melbourne-based Melodic Metalcore band Above The Fallen. A revolving door of band members coming into and out of the project. Lead vocalist and frontman Mitchell Rawlings has had to carry it all and despite the odds, They had a promising start with the release of 'Make It Stop' back in July. The start-stop progression continued into the second half of the year with various line-up changes and fill in band members.
The band which now consists of: Cameron Cilia on guitar and Jack Beauglehall on Bass, dropped a teaser trailer video of their new single 'Memories' on their Facebook page over a week ago with the date 01-03-19. It was also featured on Triple J’s program Short.Fast.Loud with Joshua Merriel. 'Memories' marks a huge step up in terms of production, musical direction and songwriting. I’m absolutely gobsmacked and surprised to hear all these new developments on this one track. It’s the sound of a very different band from seven months ago but certainly not in a bad way.
The clean vocals from Zachary Britt of Dream on Dreamer, Young Lions are a welcome addition to the song. But there seems to be an emotional rawness and intensity to this track compared for the bands previous two singles. You can hear the vulnerability in Mitch’s vocal performance. Musically, there are some lovely atmospheric touches sounding slightly oriental in nature as well as some heavy guitar chugs and breakdowns. Overall, Above The Fallen have blown all my expectations away with this new single. While it’s not entirely original, it’s still very progressive and shows a lot of promise for the future of this band.
The music video directed and edited by Jordan Tan shows a dreary, washed out colour palette of browns, blues and greys with lead vocalist Mitch in sharp focus as he searches the back alleys of Melbourne. The band are located inside of an abandoned apartment with black blinds covering the windows and candles lit in the corners. The video does a great job of reflecting the emotional depth covered in the track via dark murky tones and minimal lighting.
Would You Go And See Them (WYGAST) : 4/5
Video Narrative : 8/10
Video Production: 18/20 Visual Effectiveness : 17/20
Personal Enjoyment: 9/10