PREY ON THE FALLEN - PREY ON THE FALLEN (Independent)
(Review by Stefan)
It was a pleasure being able to contribute to discuss the debut album of LA California based Metal act Prey On The Fallen. Consisting of four members, it already became clear after a few songs that the band has a lot in store to please every Heavy Metal and Hard Rock addictive. Old school elements are interspersed with quite modern, Southern groovy lines, the end result of their debut can be described as highly successful. Constructively original, damn hard and heavy, intense and groovy,… the production of Ryan Greene (Megadeth, MR. Big, NOFX, Alice Cooper) is at high level. He also engineered, mixed and arranged this product at the Validus Recording Studios in Hollywood! The cover artwork on the digi-pack looks very dark but great to me, it was done by award winning artist Eliran Kantor (Testament, Hatebreed, Sodom). Also reassuring to know that the album has been mastered by Alan Douches, known for all the great works he delivered with Cannibal Corpse, Holy Grail among others.
Allow me to mention that the four members of the band are well trained soldiers one by one - everyone has his own responsibility which is taken seriously. The vocals of Kurt Loun I would describe as unique – strong and stable as a solid piece of rock, in some ways he reminds me of Aaron Randall (frontman of Annihilator’s effort “Set The World On Fire”). Marc Bouras, the band’s axeman let his instrument roar exceptionally hard without losing his attention for details, this guy’s riffs and leads achieve a high level. The heaviness of POTF is even more emphasized through the agency of bass player Jon Guy and the offensive drum techniques of Mike Ikona. The musical chemistry between these four men is highly magnetic as can be experience during the 10 songs parked on their self-titled/financed debut album!
The lyrics of Prey On The Fallen’s self-titled debut album reflect their disbelief in contemporary society and those who are responsible for, you know the smiling faces preaching on TV! Bands who want to convey a degree of dissatisfaction by playing music is a very good move to me. Otherwise, you almost never get a fair chance to express your own opinion so… First song ‘Prey On The Fallen’ and the pace reflecting a Hard Rock vibe is quite fast, a first encounter with a band I never heard of before and am immediately inclined to hear more. Next ‘Sherman’s March’ bombed out of my speakers and the rhythms are still high tensioned. More old school inspired than its predecessor, the musical strength of the band is shown real good. The singer's unique voice seems essential to the band’s groovy, Southern styled of Hard Rock & Heavy Metal music. He proves that every time a new song is offered, one after another.
I had a real good time listening to the old school Metal vibrations during the song ‘Last Breath’, featuring a swirling guitar solo. Maybe the band should start thinking to give the solos some more space, Bouras is a fantastic player according to my own assessment. Check out ‘Present Time’ and feel this guy’s heavy yet technically tunes guitar tactics. Well hell yeah, Prey On The Fallen took me by complete surprise with the cover track from Classic Rock band The Eagles. Just take a guess what number they have chosen! You got it right, it’s ‘Hotel California’. Dare not to prejudice because you will have to revise your opinion afterwards, this reworked version of one of the biggest Classic Rock hits is a beauty, yes it does. Systematically the song has built up in a very orderly way, congratulations to the whole band anyway! Closing one ‘War’ closes this CD as has started, surprisingly well done!
Great blend of Southern Hard Rock and Heavy Metal played by a very good band inspired by Black Label Society, Pantera, Thunderbrew, American Motherload, Anthrax (John Bush ear). Loud, wild and ultra heavy – that is what Prey On The Fallen is all about. An album you carefully have to listen to from beginning to end, forget any disappointment… just order via their Facebook page, or order through CDBaby right at THIS spot. https://www.facebook.com/PreyOnTheFallen
My Points: 84 / 100
95+ : Outstanding, high valued albums & Classic Ones… a direct purchase is advisable !
Between 90 and 95: Surpasses the style of music, must be heard/ordered by every Metal fan
Between 80 and 89: Good in its own genre, recommended for those hooked on it
Between 70 and 79: Decent but best previewing
Between 60 and 69: Rather moderate
Between 50 and 59: Bad, substandard
50- : Rubbish