Fallen Eight is a French band, formed in 2011. One year later, they started playing this material on several stages in France and now they seem ready to take their music abroad. In that, I can only agree. It's music for live performances, music with a lot of energy, dynamics and aggression. I can easily see audiences far and wide go nuts on this and perhaps I'd be nuts about it too when I hear it live.
So, you might ask, what is my problem with it? Well, to be honest, I'm not into metalcore and the metalcore influences definitely shine through on most of the tracks. 'Come From The Sky' and 'Final Shot' are harsh, aggressive pieces of work, enhanced by an alternation of clean vocals and brutal screams. I know, there's more to this than metalcore. I'm often reminded of plenty of bands in the metal scene, including Machine Head, Slipknot and Linkin Park.
Like I said earlier, 'Reborn' is an absolute killer, a masterpiece of melodic metal and certainly my favorite track on this ep. 'Light' comes very close and closer 'Worst Nightmare' could be the entrance theme for a wrestling superstar. Yes, Fallen Eight have a very modern style, often even reminding me of the methodical industrial approach of Fear Factory, mainly in the drums. That's obviously a huge plus.
The verdict? Well, I'm going to go ahead and recommend this album anyway, mainly to the metalcore adepts and young metal fans out there. After all, Fallen Eight are pretty damn good at what they do, showing a well-attuned band that can 'Rise & Grow' extremely fast from now on. However, if you check it out, do me and the band a favor and don't just pluck this from the internet in awful MP3 sound. Buy the physical release at a show, support your scene and show some respect.