One of my favorite things to do when listening to a new album or new band is trying to pick out the
influences, if I can. When you think about it, all the music we listen to is a result of the what the artist
has listened to and been inspired by, and what those artists have listened to and been inspired by, and
on and on towards the past. Of course, there are other factors, but at the heart of it, it’s incredibly
humbling to think about how much music had to be made to get to the eventual creation of a new artist
or album. All music has a specific DNA, if you will.
Bands like Bloody Falls, really get me to think about their DNA because you can really hear it on their
new EP, Dying is Easy. Throughout the EP, you can hear the influence of early djent, metalcore, and
death metal. To my ears, and in much less poetic terms, Dying is Easy sounds like if Killswitch Engage
suddenly got really into Meshuggah and any number of death metal bands from the mid-2000s. And let
me tell you, I am the prime target for that kind of combination.
The best part about Bloody Falls’ EP, Dying is Easy, is it sounds and feels like another collection of songs
meant to push heavy metal forward. I’ve often wondered where else the genre could possibly go. The
last decade or so has seen some really great metal music, but I struggled to find a lot of “new” things
happening, with a few exceptions, of course. I knew it was only a matter of time before I started hearing
something familiar, but unique. You can add Bloody Falls to that list. Dying is Easy strikes many familiar
chords, but in a way that seems fresh and collaborative across genres.
Overall Score: 8/10