Song: Father To All
Band: Drowning Atlantis
Release: Father To All single
Area: South Western Suburbs of Sydney
Date of release: 30/11/17
Genre: Melodic Metalcore
Reviewer: Michael Dixon
For Fans Of: Architects, Structures, Like Moths to Flames
“Father To All” is a beautiful tribute to the late Justin Nichol, founder of Zed Vegas Bookings. He was also a very highly respected band manager and promoter to many local bands based in the Sydney area including Drowning Atlantis. Former lead vocalist Adam Ramsdale and guitarist Matt Borg wrote the heartfelt lyrics on the track which highlights all the wonderful positive qualities Justin possessed and how grateful the band are for all the opportunities he gave them. It also tackles how difficult it has been to process Justin’s sudden passing and that he was gone “far too soon”.
Musically, the track is appropriately haunting and delicate in its delivery with soft, lulling strings and explosive, hard-driven guitar riffs. It all really tugs at the heartstrings and leads to a soaring chorus. The track ends with this touching spoken passage:
"Honestly, we could never thank you enough for everything you have done. From day one, you have done nothing but believe in us, put all faith in us, and sent us on Journeys we never thought we would be going on and for that, we will be forever grateful. We honestly don’t know where we’d be without you. You really went beyond and above So here’s to the man that we all miss and love JUSTIN!"
Vocals: 9/10 (cleans 4.5/5 and scream 4.5/5)
Songwriting Integrity : 9/10
Personal Enjoyment: 9/10