Sunday 29 January 2017


GenresPunk / Hardcore / Grind / Screamo / Emo-violence / Skramz / Metal / Metalcore
Related artistsPG.99, The Mean Jeans, Patsy's Rats, Haram, Dead To Me, Royal Baths, The Parlor Scouts, The Ar-Kaics, Heavens, Pizza, Hollywood, Wildildlife and Pygmy Lush.
CountryRichmond, Virginia USA
Years Active2000-2003
Song: "Rogue Rodeo"
Album: "Crestfallen"
Year: 2003
For fans ofWaifle, PG.99, Advocate, Weak Wrists, Dispensing Of False Halos, Tyranny Of Shaw, Clancy Six, Oktober Skyline, Enkephalin, (early) From A Second Story Window, The Abandoned Hearts Club, Ed Gein, Destroyer Destroyer, The Expectorated Sequence, (early) The Minor Times, Uziel, Owen Hart, Sutek Conspiracy, Majority Rule, SpiresArkata, Machina GenovaCorn On Macabre and United Nations aka PROPER SCREAMO.
Label(s): Magic Bullet Records / Robotic Empire / Handstand Records
This post's artist is from the January 2017 Mix. This is track #11.
You can download: the January 2017 Mix#1 right here or get the new February 2017 Mix#2 here.

Fuckin' CRESTFALLEN, goddamn. This widely underappreciated metalcore/screamo/grind band released some ridiculously good raging, screamy hardcore from 2001 until 2003 on labels such as Robotic Empire and Magic Bullet Records. The general sound of Machina Genova spliced with grind of Clancy Six and the piercing shrieks of Oktober Skyline should be right up readers of this blog's alley. Featuring a member of PG.99 and Pygmy Lush, the band released a split with similar sounding Waifle in 2001, the quintessential LP called 'Streaks of Terror' in 2002 and then in 2003 they dropped 'A Date With Elvis' (which includes covers of Minor Threat and The Cramps) and was later included with the  excellent 2003 'Crestfallen' EP.

The previously mentioned 'Crestfallen' EP and the 'Streaks of Terror' LP are where you'll find CRESTFALLEN at their best. It was the 2002 LP that initially peaked my interest back in 2004 with songs like "Nine to Five RSVP" and "Never Say Never!", but "Scouring for Any Signs of Life" is faaaaaantasitc, with its melodic intro that softens even further at 1:40 but injects some talking/screaming. All of that culminates at 2:15 and rides that wave until three minutes when shit gets real dirty and eventually leads to the climax at 3:55 that is fucking ballistic. This bleeds into anguished screams of, "This pulse will beat again despite being forgotten!" which you'll find yourself repeating during the day. The final track, "Disappearing Act", is another epic jam that also clocks in at over six minutes but sheds the melody for panicked chords and raging vocals, although there is that groovy middle section that explodes into a killer riff at 3:45 that Lentic Waters must have studied extensively.

Their 2003 EP is violent, dark and metallic and is over much too quickly. Opener "Backlashed" brings to mind early The Minor Times with those demonic screams over metal influenced hardcore, although CRESTFALLEN speed it up quite a bit, bordering on grind territory although perhaps not quite reaching it. Let's be real here, "Rogue Rodeo" is the shit. Holy smokes this beautifully constructed piece of death is awesome. With its menacing demeanor, amazingly screamy vocals and chuggy/mathy hardcore instrumentals, its a sick mix of Oktober Skyline and Machina Genova.

To quickly sum up, if you like your hardcore screamy or your screamo metallic, this should be just what you're looking for.


Click )==>here<==( to download the band's complete discography in mp3 form.

2001 - Waifle split 7"EP

2002 - Streaks of Terror cd/12"LP
2002 - Living Posthumously cdEP

2003 - Crestfallen cdEP
2003 - A Date With Elvis 7"EP

(2003) CRESTFALLEN - "Rogue Rodeo" (from 'Crestfallen')

(2003) CRESTFALLEN - "Backlashed" (from 'Crestfallen')

(2003) CRESTFALLEN - "Early To Bed, Early To Rise Again" (from 'Crestfallen')

(2002) CRESTFALLEN - "Scouring for Any Signs of Life" (from 'Streaks of Terror')

(2002) CRESTFALLEN - "Disappearing Act" (from 'Streaks of Terror')

(2002) CRESTFALLEN - "Love is Their Opiate" (from 'Living Posthumously')

(2001) CRESTFALLEN - "Epileptic Requiem" (from 'Waifle' split)


CRESTFALLEN out of print mp3 discography download

(download here)

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