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Then Falls The Sky 'Break Free' Album Review By Nina McCarthy

Then Falls The Sky

Break Free


July 15, 2020

Album Review By Nina McCarthy

Boston Rock Radio



Honesty is always the best answer. I had a little trouble and some ‘writer’s block’ while doing this review. Not because I didn’t like the album, but I have to be in the right mindset for heavy metal such as this latest offering from Then Falls The Sky. It’s not what I put on for my Saturday morning coffee, but if you are ready to mosh, throw horns in the air, are pissed off at the world, or even just want to pump some iron at the gym, then add their brand new EP to your playlist today.


This Ohio based quintet have persevered despite the current situation in the world and bring us the aptly titled album, Break Free. TFTS writes about the daily struggles in today’s society and there’s no better time than 2020 for us to break free from our internal struggles. Nick Barlage does just that through his passionate metalcore vocals along with the aggressive accompanying instrumentation by Jacob Smith (guitar), Oney Michaels (bass), and siblings Chad (guitar) and Amanda McElwee (drums). The solidity of sound testifies to the fact that the McElwee’s have played together since they were kids and have encompassed the others as family. The thing that I love about TFTS is that they bring light to these trials of life in a positive way, striving to make a difference in today’s world.


The featured single “Blinded” reminds me a little of I Prevail. The heavy riffage, particularly noteworthy during the bridge, will get you adding weight to your barbells, before the aggressive, yet melodic vocals break away into some spoken word. An interesting fact about this song is that it was written around the spoken word part and combined with Nick’s vocal hook. “Am I not justified for thoughts inside my own mind?” Take a trip of self analysis with this opening track. This is a deep one!




The second track “Complacent” leans a little more toward hardcore followed by “Reasons,” both of which will have you lifting to your limit or running way too fast on the treadmill.  If your heart rate isn’t high enough, “Scars” will get you tachycardic with it’s passion and balls to the wall, in your face heaviness. If you’re still with me, “The End” might literally be the end for you weak hearted. To my surprise, the final track is a 5 ¾ minute instrumental that lets you slowly come down from the workout, ever so slightly. I’m not usually big on instrumentals, but this unanticipated track was a perfect finale to a very well done metal album.  


Recorded at After The Bridge Studio and produced, mixed, and mastered by Chad McElwee, Break Free is a definite for your metalheads (and gym buffs). Phew, I don’t know about you, but I just got my ass kicked. Once revived, please download/stream this album and support local music! It will keep you in shape!


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