They hit their stride with Calling's final two tracks. "My Name is Floyd Frost" catches your attention right from jump, with a guitar hook backed by a wobble like I just haven't heard, and then follows the album's most infectious and sweet-voiced chorus: "Every second that you breathe, is just a reason to believe/That the world may never see, this is a perfect tragedy." The digital death spiral, sing-songy with digital beats and a tortured scream deep in the mix, finishes what's a very interesting construction.
"I Deleted the Internet" is as playful as it is mean, Anderson screaming a defiant "I will fight/I will fight" before Cook mocks, "my lack of sympathy is about as unrelenting as the center of a black hole." Tack into that a new Cylon-esque delivery and energetic digital moves up and down the spectrum, and it's a track that leaves the listener pretty well exhausted even after just 17 minutes of music total on the disc.
It's a great sign they've already got a single to follow this up, and that it's continuing this digital-metal mash-up sound that seems to set them apart from others of the melodic screamo set. Falling Skyward could well be a very strong and intriguing act if they can choose their spots with the screaming a little more particularly and keep pushing the boundaries of what melodic electro-metal can sound like.
Sam Pfeifle can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
THE SHIPS ARE CALLING | Released by Falling Skyward | with We Came as Romans + Emmure + Bless the Fall + Woe, Is Me + Color Morale | at Port City Music Hall, in Portland | April 9 |www.facebook.com/fallingskyward | shipsarecalling.bigcartel.com
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