October 1st of this year saw the debut album ‘Decade’ from They Fell From The Sky drop like a boulder hitting with a great force on the floor, the band have been described as a juggernaut in the past due to the blending of a multitude of different styles in a rock metal driven sound.
The aim for They Fell From The Sky is how do they control their heavier background and produce a more mainstream appeal at the same time staying true to their identity, wisely they turned within and made sure the identity stayed pure during this transition with the band's guitarist taking up the role as the producer of ‘Decade’.
On reflection this album can be called an exercise in both grandeur and pure nostalgia, it explores the many facets of human behaviour. Lyricist Colin Doran when speaking of the album mentioned, “We are by nature, at least from my own experiences, naturally contradictory. We spend lots of time cultivating a certain reality around us that is not who we are when we are alone or behind closed doors”.
Opening the album you instantly witness the combining of the roots of the bands heavier history with the opening track ‘Dry’ and then a more held back rock ‘Crush this World’ second track, these two tracks gives the album that credibility early on in the aim to staying true to the metal side and while cautiously reaching out to a more mainstream listener.
Like a raging army preparing themselves for a rough night under the monsoon rain, ‘Mantrap’ is a real attention grabber mid-way through the album, the shape-shifting lyrics with a raw and honest appeal takes the army and shelters them, it is a delight to behold. Then straight after ‘Mantrap’ the most complete record on the album is delivered in the form of ‘The Joy of hindsight’, such a polished rock song and one which I kept going back to, time and time again.
At the end of the album we’re back to the mainstream metal rock which will be enjoyed by a lot of new fans which They Fell From The Sky, ‘Decade’ is the right amount of heavy metal beats with raw and rough vocals mixed with a more mainstream indie rock watered down tracks that shows the bands ability to mould their sound in a professional way.
But before we leave, I’ve got to say I really enjoyed the heavier curtain closer ‘Birth of stars’ for the first 3 minutes and thought it had finished, but then was completely confused that I had to wait a full 9 minutes to hear the final section of the track. Which was a shame because it ended so well but how many will wait around to hear the album go off with a bang at the end and how many will stop listening to the nothingness before they get to that point!
Written by Kess Anthony