The term “All killer and no filler” certainly applies to Lost Souls, the new studio album from Falling Red. A full on production, mix and mastering by James Stephenson has it bursting out of your speakers at full throttle. An eerie spoken word intro titled ‘The Darkest Day’ sets the scene for ‘The Day I Lost My Soul’ to bludgeon with chugging riffs and power chords. The first of many huge choruses on the album arrives with some gang vocal “Whoah oh oh’s” which are bound to fire any crowd up as it ends on a raging guitar solo. There is no let up in the heaviness as ‘Digital Disguise’ is an almost Motorhead assault to the senses and does not let up until the wah wah lead guitar breaks bring it to a close. A highly emotional lead vocal from frontman Andrew ‘Rozey’ Roze over abrasive grungy riffing on ‘Alive’ keeps the intensity levels up as the pace picks up for a gripping chorus of “Are you alive, or just dead behind the eyes?”.
His vocals shine on ‘My Town, My City’, an anthem in the making and is already a highlight in their live set featuring poignant lyrics that we can all relate to. Once again an instantly memorable chorus gets under your skin. ‘Dead’ is a fist in the air rocker with a simple but effective chorus destined to be a sure fire crowd pleaser. ‘Hell In My Eyes’ has industrial like tempos backed by a gnarly lead vocal. It has a balls to the wall chorus of “That’s when you see the Hell in my eyes. No matter how hard you try, you’ll never keep me down, I’ll always stand back up”. The drum driven bluster of clubbing grooves fire up ‘War In The Sky’, peppered with melodic guitar lines. ‘Enemies’ is a put up or shut up song, point proven by the opening rant of “Who needs enemies when I’ve got friends like you!” It rages along, climaxing with piercing, layered guitar solos.
‘Beautiful Lie’ is the second of two poignant ballads featuring some powerful, soul searching lyrics and melodies. ‘Haunted’ is another crusher with Rozey’s angriest vocal backed by the band. ‘In My Head’ is a melodic chug over a menacing vocal with more big band backing vocals in the choruses. Multi layered guitar leads midway add texture. The album ends powerfully with the short, sharp ‘A Song For The Haters’, a punk rock blitz of vitriolic riffing.
The album will be on general sale in March 2018 but can be bought from the band on their current UK tour.
Lost Souls album track listing :-
The Darkest Day (intro).
The Day I Lost My Soul.
My Town, My City.
Hell In My Eyes.
War In The Sky.
In My Head.
A Song For The Haters.
Falling Red band line up :-
Andrew ‘Rozey’ Rose – Lead vocals/lead guitar.
Dave Sanders – Drums/backing vocals.
Mikey Lawless – Bass guitar/backing vocals.
Shane Kirk – Guitar/backing vocals.