Ohio metal band Then Falls The Sky has persevered despite the current circumstances with COVID-19. The initial release of their new EP “Break Free” was intended for May, but it was pushed back due to pandemic. The EP has finally been unleashed into the world. The quintet showcases aggressive vocals from Nick Barlage and high-power instrumentation by Jacob Smith (guitar), Oney Michaels (bass), and siblings Chad McElwee (guitar) and Amanda McElwee (drums). “Blinded” kicks off strong with distortion followed by a driving guitar riff. The track stands out with spoken-word audio samples and a thought-provoking vocal hook: “Am I not justified for thoughts inside my own mind?” The compositions strike with full force and ferocity. The melodic metalcore sound is charged with hard-hitting breakdowns, powerful screams, and dynamic riffage. “Complacent” spirals with its many winding twists and turns, while “The End” transmits a surge of fierce energy. The most surprising component on the EP is its unconventional closer. “Momento” encompasses a nice balance of both melodic and heavy elements. Concluding with an instrumental track is a different approach, but this arrangement effectively serves its purpose and wraps everything up flawlessly. Fueled with intense emotions, the compositions provide a strong sense of empowerment to ride out the turbulent storm of life and face trials with a tenacious spirit. “Break Free” exhibits the band’s steadfast determination, passion for their craft, and their relentless drive to succeed.
Release Date: July 15, 2020
05 The End
Personal favorite tracks: Blinded, Complacent, The End, Momento
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Review by: Bri Rodriguez