The Fallen State
Feature by Maggie Wright @metalmaggieuk
The Fallen State
The Fallen State, the hard rock band that is exemplifying the quality of young rock musicians coming out of the UK these days, have completed an 8-city tour in support of their newly released EP, “The View From Ruin”. Their combination of heavy guitar, skillful rhythms, tight harmonies and strong lead vocals make them a band I want to see live, not just listen to. Founded in 2013, TFS has gone from strength to strength, leading them to be invited to open for such huge acts as Black Stone Cherry and Halestorm.
Having seen their performance as support in large venues, the opportunity to see them in the intimate setting of the Basement at Rock City, Nottingham was a welcome one. Hearing their music live really gives an insight into what these five guys are capable of.
“The View From Ruin” is the fifth EP in the four years since their inception. It is more impressive than any of their previous releases for a variety of reasons, most notably the maturity in song writing. The first release off the EP, Nova, written out of personal tragedy, shows that not only can they write excellent lyrics, but they can deliver a song worthy of topping the charts. Together, those elements have enabled them to release a song that has captured the hearts of their fans, and enabled them to connect to new fans on a level never achieved previously.
Performing songs from all of their releases, TFS opened with Hope in Revival from their debut EP. Ben Stenning (vocals) with the rhythm section of Greg Butler (bass) and Rich Walker (drums) got the crowd jumping from the first chorus. The faster paced Lost Cause, with the talents of Jon Price (lead guitar) and Dan Oke (rhythm guitar), highlighted just how much talent this band had from their first year of writing music together.
Four Letter Word, one of my favorites from the new EP, really shows off Walker’s percussion skills. After watching him play this song live, I love it even more, as he put in an amazing performance. While in the slower paced Sons of Avarice, Stenning’s vocals really shone. In the fast and blistering intro to The Quickening, and the down and dirty sound of Burn it to the Ground, Price and Oke were superb. Their abilities as individuals, together with their amazing chemistry as friends, gives them a cohesive energy that spreads across the room.
The real highlight for me was the new single Nova. It's nothing surprising or new for an artist to write a song based on personal heartbreak; as most will say, it’s a form of therapy to get their feelings out in their music. Enabling their fans to connect through this song, and use it to help in dealing with their own grief, TFS have cemented their place in the music industry. This heart wrenching yet uplifting song is appreciated even more when experienced live. Stenning showed not only incredible vocal range, but the ability to control his amazing tone from the softest lines to the heaviest screams.
Closing with two songs from “Crown Your Shadows”, You Want It and Sinner, they completed an incredible crowd pleasing performance. They had captured the attention of the crowd from the very first bars and took them on a journey that left no one in doubt as to the future they have in store. Whether you see them as a support act, or as headliners, just make sure you see them!
The Fallen State is:
Ben Stenning - Vocal
Jon Price - Guitar
Dan Oke - Guitar
Greg Butler - Bass
Rich Walker - Drums
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The Fallen State: On iTunes
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The Fallen State will be making their debut performance at Download Festival (UK) on Sunday, June 11, 2017
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