Fallen To Flux - 'Transitions'

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Fallen To Flux - 'Transitions'

One to keep an eye on for sure and hopefully the beginning of a long and successful career.

The UK's Fallen To Flux were formed in 2012 and have, so far, released two EPs; 2012's 'Piece By Piece' and 2015's 'From The Outside, Looking In'. The bio lists Don Bronco, Avenged Sevenfold and Mallory Knox as comparisons, and Killswitch Engage and Bullet For My Valentine as being inspirational. FTF are by no means as heavy as KE, though they do pack a musical punch. The thoughtful song structures are equal parts challenging and addictive, and there is a Progressive element embedded in their Modern/Alternative Rock style that actually brings to mind American band Nothing More. Oli Clipsham (vocals/guitar), Bjorn Gugu (lead guitar/synths), Luke Walley (bass) and Declan Brown (drums) managed to grab a slot at the Camden Rocks Festival 2015, and 'Transitions' is their debut full-length album.

The tracks 'Sane' and 'Anchored' have been released to download, and both blend hard-edged riffs and thumping drums with uplifting melodies and imaginative arrangements. 'Drifting' and 'Razor's Edge' are two of the best Melodic Rock songs most people will never hear, simply because FTF have been given a Modern/Alternative tag. Each of these songs contain a hook that would satisfy the most diehard of AOR lovers, yet they still manage to incorporate enough ideas to avoid being regarded as formulaic or generic.

For a band so young, the mature creative mantra comes across as inventive and unique, giving them a strong identity. The album runs smoothly and has a nice balance yet also, due to the quality of the material, never seems to be just filling time. The performances throughout are excellent and, if I have one criticism at all, it relates to the occasional blemish in the mix by engineer Justin Hill, due to Clipsham's singing becoming lost in the music. A lyric booklet would have been a nice addition to the packaging, but as this is just a promo I can't say whether the finished product will be the same.

In some respects, it is unfair to attach a genre label to a band such as Fallen To Flux, and people may be dissuaded from giving 'Transitions' a chance on that basis alone. Ignore the Modern/Alternative Rock/Metal tag and check them out on YouTube. One to keep an eye on for sure and hopefully the beginning of a long and successful career.

Dave Bott

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