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CD review: Distance To Fall – ‘Rise Above’ EP

Underground British metal hopefuls take a huge step forward.

Brett Stephenson – Vocals
Sean Graham – Guitar
Dan Cooper – Guitar
Ross Baxter – Drums
Mark Pryor – Bass

1. Rise Above
2. Behind The Mask
3. You’re No Good
4. Bleed Our Nation

Hailing from Harlow and Ely, metal quintet Distance To Fall present this, their second EP ‘Rise Above’, and it’s an impressive release from an upcoming band.
Kicking off with the title track, DTF marry BFMV-style riffs to a more aggressive vocal style than that band, before given way to a more melodic chorus. Like your guitar solos too? They throw in one here – here’s hoping they feature them more in the future! At times, vocalist Stephenson’s stylings, at their most clean and melodic, sound reminiscent of Green Day’s Billy Joe Armstrong, in my opinion – a strange comparison to make maybe but it actually works, to his credit. ‘Behind The Mask’ starts off as a melodic track but then takes things up a notch with a tastefully-used breakdown. ‘You’re No Good’ injects some vintage Machine Head-style groove and a touch of NYHC into proceedings; if you’re an old school MH fan then this is well worth your time. Final track ‘Bleed Our Nation’ is the most aggressive track included, demonstrating a thrashier side to their sound and proves that whether you’re from the old-school of metal fans or have more contemporary leanings, this EP has the potential to reach out across the board.

‘Rise Above’ is one of the strongest underground releases I’ve heard in some time. Each track sounds well-considered and not rushed, like time was spent honing these tracks before recording began, with a good clean production. Whilst it’s often clear to see who their influences are, DTF have avoided sounding derivative, becoming more than just the sum of their parts by offering their own mix. With a great range and some strong catchy tunes, I’m hoping Distance To Fall can capitalise on this and build a strong fanbase. If they can deliver in the live environment too, then good things are ahead of them.

‘Rise Above’ is available from the band and at live shows, or from the link below as a free download.

For fans of: Bullet For My Valentine, Machine Head, Trivium, Green Day



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