Location: Wisbech, United Kingdom
EP Year: 2013
Divided We Fall are a young five-piece band from England. The band says they are a metalcore band with influences from Parkway Drive, Bring Me the Horizon, and August Burns Red. There are some good parts on this EP, but there is nothing that really stands out from the rest of the pack.
The band says that they are a metalcore band but there is more evidence on this EP to suggest that they are a melodic deathcore band. The closest comparison is Buried in Verona which, in my opinion, is not a good thing. The vocalist does the same shouting that Buried in Verona’s vocalist does and it really does not sound good. The vocalist mostly goes back and forth with these shouts and highs, while occasionally mixing in some lows. The highs are pretty good and the lows are decent as well. If he just cut out those shouts then the vocals would be fine.
The instrumentals leave a lot to be desired for most of the EP. Most of the riffs are very run-of-the-mill and boring. There does not seem to be enough energy in these riffs. There are some bright points. Some of the riffs in “The Architect” and in “The God Below” are real upbeat and have some good crowd-pumping energy. “The God Below” is the best song on this EP but it still has problems. On this song the band introduces clean vocals and they are decent enough. They do feel a little forced however, as the song itself is really melodic and meant to sound passionate. Adding clean vocals to a song does not make it a real melodic and beautiful song. That being said, the song is has strong riffs that makes it feel like genuine heartfelt song.
This is Divided We Fall’s first release so they are a young band. They are a couple of things they need to tweak to become a better band. As of now, there is just not a whole lot here. Except for the title track, everything is just forgettable.