Fallujah discuss latest release
"I think the metal scene is immeasurably lacking in bands that offer emotional and atmospheric material," says Fallujah vocalist Alex Hofmann.
"Metal can't remain as single serving as it is and hope to keep relevance. Bands need to bring a knockout live show and make the audience actually feel something other than mere impulse.
It is for this reason that I think the world (or the metal world for that matter) has already been waiting for a band like Fallujah."
Hofmann is onto something, actually.
From Fallujah's formation in 2007, the San Franciscans have melded brutality and brains into a sonic force with an unquestionable presence. Debut album, The Harvest Wombs, set the tech death world afire, with its smart brawn and well-placed jazz-rock interludes.
The group's follow-up album, The Flesh Prevails, further contrasted intensity with atmosphere. Tracks like 'Carved from Stone', 'The Night Reveals', and 'Sapphire' floored fans with their dexterity, ingenuity, and ferocity.
Fallujah, however, aren't content to be pigeonholed as tech death (or deathcore).
"That term was what we were lumped into for a long time," the frontman admits. "In my opinion, the term has stuck way past its relevancy with our music.
"When you put on a lot of tech death bands I have a hard time understanding why we are considered amongst their ranks.
"'The Leper Colony' and 'The Harvest Wombs'-era makes perfect sense, but now? I think we offer so much more to the musical pallet, so when that term comes up the first thought that comes up is 'irrelevancy'."
Eager to not repeat 'The Flesh Prevails', FALLUJAH set out to write a paradigm shift in new album, 'Dreamless'.
Written largely by guitarist Scott Carstairs at his home - the rest of FALLUJAH would join in to help the six-stringer smith songs - 'Dreamless' represents a band at the peak of their songwriting ability.
"Simply calling it death metal would be inaccurate," states Hofmann of 'Dreamless'.
"This album is a major step forward with the goal in mind of transcending the limitations of not only the death metal sound but the scene at large," he said.
"I want the kids to be able to put the record on and actually feel something real," admits Hofmann.
"I think if I had to direct their emotions it would be those of nostalgia, memories and someone of blissful ignorance.
" I want a fan to put on a song from a new record that he's never heard before and have it take him back to a time or place that the song has no attachment to.
"The melodies and atmospheres on this record are powerful in that way for all of us so we hope it has the same effect on other."
TICKETS ON SALE: Thursday 28th July 9am
Killswitch Engage / Fallujah 2017 Tour Dates
WEDNESDAY MARCH 1ST - POWER STATION, AUCKLAND (18+)
FRIDAY MARCH 3RD - ENMORE THEATRE, SYDNEY (LIC/AA)
SATURDAY MARCH 4TH - EATONS HILL, BRISBANE (LIC/AA)
TUESDAY MARCH 7TH - 170 RUSSELL, MELBOURNE (18+)
WEDNESDAY MARCH 8TH - METRO CITY, PERTH (18+)