Since their formation in 2013, The Fallen State has crafted a whole raft of well-received EP’s whilst simultaneously garnering a reputation as one of the most exciting British hard rock outfits on the touring circuit.
However, the question on the lips of their fans for some time is when they will see a full-length studio album from The Fallen State? Having been crafting and road testing their material during high profile tours alongside their peers and heavyweights such as Black Stone Cherry, Halestorm and Tremonti, to name but a few, the time has finally come for The Fallen State to unveil their eagerly anticipated debut offering A Deadset Endeavour. And it does not disappoint.
Straight out of the blocks, opening track “Statements” grabs the listener’s attention and draws them in. The hard-hitting opener, like many of the tracks on the record, ebbs and flows between heavy melodic choruses through to its gentle more atmospheric verses. Sonically this record is huge, with its vast soundscapes and incredible production value.
One of the gems featured on the record appears early in the tracklisting – “For My Sorrow”. This being a track which the band has been teasing in their live sets for some time. With its frantic pace, infectious hooks, heavy rhythm and blistering fretwork it certainly hits the spot. Each musical element within the group comes together seamlessly. The chorus of this song, in particular, is a real earworm and simply stays with you for days.
The record continues with The Fallen State’s tongue in cheek poke at the rock genre’s obsession with all things stateside with their current single “American Made” before switching gears with the slightly more atmospheric and brooding “Paradox”.
The Fallen State quite literally tear things up with “Torn”. With its short sharp guitar riffs underpinned by a thunderous pounding rhythm, the song is comparable in both quality and delivery to US-based outfit Alter Bridge.
Tracks such as the fast and furious “Attitude” and the explosive “Lovers and Psychos” are the types of high octane anthems we’ve come to expect from The Fallen State, and will inevitably by live favourites on the band’s forthcoming tours.
One song which stands out as being a bit different on the record is the final track “Fragments”, which is slightly slower, and maybe a bit more of a ballad than the rest of the release.
A Deadset Endeavour is the perfect example of contemporary British hard rock at its finest. Whilst many of their peers try to emulate or recreate the classic rock sound of the past, The Fallen State have a future-facing outlook whereby they are putting forward a sound that is relevant in the present day and beyond.
The Fallen State will be playing Ramblin’ Man Fair Festival in Maidstone, Kent (19th – 21st July 2019) and are set to tour throughout 2019 to support the forthcoming album. Headline dates to be announced shortly.
The Fallen State will release their new studio album, A Deadset Endeavour, through Last Man Music on the 12th April 2019.