Fall To Grace Lights Up The Joint
Every now and then, I will see a band perform that I immediately detect has the musical X-Factor thing going on for it, in terms of potential to one day achieve serious commercial success. The un-signed Fall To Grace, while registering as a more straight ahead radio friendly heavy music outfit than say the high speed and brutal types in the metal underground that I typically appreciate, is certainly one of those bands, pulling a bit of its formula from million-selling predecessors: Godsmack and Alice In Chains.
Upon my first stumbling across their music profile on MySpace, I noticed FTG to be one of those rare acts that truly has the ability to flatout deliver memorable tunes. I was even sold more on their promise upon witnessing their live offering at The Joint here in Los Angeles on Friday, March 24th. John DiBattista, fronting on vocals and pulling double duty with some scorching lead guitar work, is a Rock N Roll superstar in the making. I would be a liar if I didn't just admit it. Of all the highly competent vocalists on the Hollywood scene right now, this guy owned the stage like he was born on it. The rest of the band isn't cheap liver either. With Silas Burke on guitar, Cary Kane on drums and a tatt'd down and mohawk sporting Christophe on bass, FTG worked its genius stroke while blasting from the dirty themed but refreshingly poignant Loss Of Love to the God Smack-influenced Depths Of Depravity and the Alice In Chains derived Hatred In Alibis. All this said, Fall To Grace's real triumph seems to be its ability to not fall victim to just being another big city cover band or one hit wonder, ultimately displaying a fierce and committed passion for creating its own distinct voice. The fact that they don't have a major label attached to them right now is one of the more confusing things to understand when trying to figure out the kooky deal makings of the record business. I know that extreme metal is always going to have to fight for this sort of thing.
A band like FTG that is as uncanny at breaking off possible radio chart toppers and being the next big thing for MTV, deserves not only to start getting some immediate recognition but also be preparing to perform in much larger venues in the immediate future. Let me say it didn't make this review anymore difficult for me when DiBattista made reference to his stunning other half, adult film actress, Angie Savage, who watched him from the bar. His brashness, swagger and obvious natural-born stage persona was all that more compelling for me at those moments. I am the kind of observer that when something is fully realized and achieving all that it set out to do when first forming as FTG has clearly done here, that no matter what the genre, Pop to Punk, you have to give credit when credit is due.
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