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Fallen Martyr's Gabriel Luis Chats About Upcoming Album "Shadows"

Washington D.C. based melodic metal act Fallen Martyr has been hard at work on the new full-length album "Shadows," which will follow the band's praised EP "The Six Roots of True Will."

As work winds down on the album and the band prepares to announce the label releasing "Shadows," I got in touch with guitarist Gabriel Luis to pick his brain on the direction of the new release and find out what Fallen Martyr has been up to over the past year. During our chat Gabriel talked about the mix of melody and brutality on the album, briefly working with Ken Sorceron from Abigail Williams, and the recent trend of dubstep remixes of metal tracks.

xFiruath: What has Fallen Martyr been up to since the release of the last EP “The Six Roots of True Will?”

Gabriel: After we got back from touring in support of the EP we started writing the new album. To write and record everything took us about a year. We hunkered down and just wrote and soon as we finished that we started recording, trying to get that completely done and out of the way.

xFiruath: Is there an official release date set for the new album yet?

Gabriel: There isn’t an exact date set, but we will be releasing it around the end of the winter time, late winter 2012, early spring. Somewhere around February or March.

xFiruath: Will this one be self-released or does Fallen Martyr have label support for the album?

Gabriel: It’s going to be licensed through a label, so it won’t be self-released. The announcement for all that will come later, before the new year, but it will be released through a label. I would say who but nothing’s been announced yet.

xFiruath: I liked the last EP and am looking forward to this new album, and I’m wondering what I’ll hear this time around that will be different.

Gabriel: We wanted our vocalist Ryan to do more singing, but at the same time the music itself, while it’s still melodic and has all that stuff, it’s a little bit more aggressive. We wanted to have the music be fast and in your face, but have Ryan come up with vocal parts where normally other bands might just growl and scream over it. We tried to test ourselves with that. There’s some weird stuff on the new album too, as far as experimenting with synths and some electronic type stuff. I would say it’s got the same idea as what we did in the EP but we expanded on that a little bit. More melodic and more brutal at the same time, if I had to sum it up.

xFiruath: In the last release there was a song that had a sample from Twin Peaks. Did you use any more samples like that in the new album?

Gabriel: No, this one won’t have any samples in just because when we did the Twin Peaks thing we found out later we needed permission to do that. Since this EP is being released through a label we didn’t want to get in trouble for anything so we stayed away from the samples.

xFiruath: I saw in an earlier press release that Ken Sorceron from Abigail Williams would be working with you guys on this album. Did that pan out and how was that process?

Gabriel: It started to happen and then he kind of got busy with other stuff, and we needed to get it done, so he didn’t end up finishing it. We got our buddy Greg, who plays guitar in System Divide, to finish the mixing and mastering of the album. He was able to do it for us within a couple of weeks, so that’s what happened with that.

xFiruath: Are there any touring plans lined up for the album?

Gabriel: At the moment, no. Our main focus on getting all the loose ends tied up and making sure everything is 100% good to go with the album. Once that’s all secured we’ll be looking into trying to tour again.

xFiruath: What are you listening to lately outside your new album?

Gabriel: Recently I’ve been listening to a lot of electronic type music, and I’m also on this old school heavy metal kick like Queensryche and Judas Priest and stuff like that. As far as anything new, of course Opeth, I’ve been listening to that. Can’t go wrong with that.

xFiruath: A lot of metal bands have been releasing electronic and dubstep remixes this year, like In Flames released one and Morbid Angel is about to do the same.

Gabriel: I’m not really into the whole dubstep thing and having your metal mixed with dubstep. In our music, we already have parts that have ambient synths and electronic parts, but I’m not into the whole take the song and remix it idea, like what Korn just did with that whole album. I heard the In Flames thing and it sounded kind of cool I guess. Our music already has elements of weird electronic parts but I don’t see ourselves taking a song and redoing it like that.

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Ty Arthur is a freelance writer who writes for both entertainment and technical instruction sites. An avid fan of many different forms of metal, he has been involved in reviewing music for several years and is currently a contributing editor for Metalunderground.com

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