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Dead To Fall - Villainy and Virtue
01. Torn Self
02. Bastard Set of Dreams MP3
03. Stand Your Ground
04. You've Already Died
05. Villainy and Virtue
06. Little Birds
07. Blood of the Moon
08. Cross Section
09. Master Exploder
10. Epilogue
2004 Victory Records

Reviewed by: Rob McFeters   //   Published: 12/1/2004

Music is such a personal venture which causes people to react and express themselves in intensely different ways. When it comes to music, I've realized that people can be easily pleased. It seems to this humble reviewer that Dead to Fall isn't overly concerned with challenging themselves or their audience.

I bought Dead To Fall's debut for Victory Records and I enjoyed it for a short time, but it was an overall forgettable release. The whole album seemed to be a sort of Gothenburg-worship. Why settle for a cheap knock-off, when you can go straight to the source I'll take Slaughter of the Soul or Whoracle any day over an imitation which is littered with gratuitous breakdowns. As I sit here and listen to Dead To Fall's newest release, Villainy and Virtue, I realize not much has changed.

I've listened to this record at least 20 times in the past three days, and every single time, I've forgotten almost everything about it. I've had to make myself sit right by my stereo to get anything out of this album. Dead to Fall seem to have eased up on their diet of Swedish metal, and increased their output of big, open, breakdowns, which you can hear coming from a mile away. This gets entirely too repetitive for me, and I'm sure this will seem like utter blasphemy to many readers. I suppose all of that repetitive mosh makes for a brutal live show. They also have brought in a more death-metal influence, which is a welcomed change, even if it is slight. Every song is played with talent, and ferocity, and I won't take away from the precision that Dead to Fall possesses. The one track I really do like is "Cross Section," which is more of a segue-way than a real song, but it is a trudging monster, and reminds me a bit of Old Man Gloom. Also, "Master Exploder" is a great song title, seriously, but musically, these guys don't do this title justice. No matter how I try to find more positive points about this record, it is still cookie-cutter metal/mosh.

The production of "Villainy and Virtue," is adequate, and doesn't seem as processed as their previous album. Good job guys, because at least this record sounds like you can really perform instead of letting Pro-Tools do it for you.

Bottom Line: This is paint-by-numbers metalcore, and there's no way around that. I'm sure legions of kids who take reviews too seriously will want my head, but that's the way it goes. I can't understand how any serious fan of metal could find this record exciting or challenging. This is completely average and predictable.

Issac_   posted 4/16/2007 8:49:58 AM
its pretty good, not their best though
RyanATF_   posted 2/5/2007 9:56:27 AM
Only thing that made this album enjoyable was the guitar work of Matt Matera. Other than that after he left, this band became old. Very old.
michael!_   posted 4/20/2006 3:45:27 PM
the review guy doesnt know what the hell he's talking about!
buy it and get your goddamn dance on!
Dead to fall fan_   posted 4/7/2006 1:00:21 AM
Is dead to fall straightedge?????????
Matt_   posted 2/11/2006 8:44:19 PM
Its true that the songs are forgetable but i saw them live 2 times and they make a fun show.

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