The Fallen State is a hard rock band formed in 2013. They are Ben Stenning (Vocals), Jon Price (Guitar), Dan Oke (Guitar), Grey Butler (Bass) and Rich Walker (Drums). I was first introduced to them by two very good Twitter friends who had seen them on tour with Black Stone Cherry and Halestorm and I was told I would love them. They weren't wrong.
The View From Ruin was released on 24th February 2017, following on from their previous well-received EP's (I,II,III and Crown Your Shadows). The single from this EP, Nova was released on 13th February 2017. The Fallen State are heading out on a full UK tour this month to accompany the release and will also be appearing at Wildfire Festival in June and Amplified Festival and Ramblin' Man Fair in July.
The album opens with The Quickening, which starts with a short, soft intro before diving straight in to a furious guitar and drum combination which continues throughout the track;broken up by the cleverly placed melodic chorus. On first listen, it's easy to tell that Ben's voice has continued to mature since their previous release. This is definitely a track I would like to hear the band play in a live setting.
They slow things down a little with Four Letter Word, which is an emotional track and melodic throughout. For me, Rich's drumming takes centre stage on this track; it changes gear from soft and rhythmic to hard hitting and ferocious and back again continuously. There is a perfectly placed guitar solo towards the end that lifts the whole track.
I have really struggled to come up with the right words to describe Nova, 'It gives me goosebumps' doesn't really suffice. The emotion conveyed in Ben's voice is chilling, the lyrics are heart wrenching and the music sitting behind compliments the tone of the song perfectly. The guitar solo towards the end adds an extra dimension, which becomes almost haunting as Ben's vocals phase in over it. I really hope this track gets the recognition and airplay it so rightly deserves. For me, this is up there with Alter Bridge's Blackbird.
The emotion doesn't last long as the gritty intro to Sleepless kicks in. This is the heaviest track on the album in my opinion and there is a rougher edge to Ben's vice which he carries off well. Jon and Dan's guitar work is darker, almost growling which suits the feel of the track brilliantly, especially the mid-section when paired with Ben's screamier vocals.
The EP closes with Lifelong, which is easily my favourite track to blast out in the car. It's a solid track with a great sing-a-long chorus. The stripped back mid-section with Ben's vocals and the softness of rich's drums gradually building with the guitars phasing in seamlessly, is a highlight for me.
Overall, this EP showcases the band's potential excellently. The Fallen State are definitely a band to keep an eye on for future releases.