Sunday, July 29, 2012

FALLEN "DEMO 1996" CDr (AOW 10)

Existing at the tail end of death metal's classic era, Fallen showcased a unique approach to the form.  Crude, simplistic, and not reliant on the crutch of technicality, the band nonetheless evoked the spectres of legendary ensembles like Morbid Angel, Entombed, Sepultura, and Slayer, filtered through a distinctly aggressive hardcore aesthetic.  The guitar playing is especially reminiscent of Greg Ginn's work with the mighty Black Flag, with speed standing in for melodic intent fused to dive bar theatrics that owe as much to Neil Young as they do King and Hanneman.  Fallen only released one official demo, well after principal members had left-"Demo 1996" represents a less refined and far more caustic version of the band, and has been unheard until now.
Altar Of Waste is pleased to unleash this lost black pearl of Minneapolis' death metal underground, presented in a DVD package designed and constructed by Cory Strand in a limited edition of 10 hand-numbered copies.  $10 ppd. in the United States, $18 rest of world.


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