Jul 272018

Fades Away are back with the follow up to Perceptions and this time bring more of a straightforward alternative/hard rock approach to the tracks on the Resurrection pt. 1 ep.

Resurrection Part I opens up with a song that really confuses me.  In one sense, the opening guitar riffs remind me a bit of older Blindside and Spoken but then Dave Erickson’s vocals come in and I can’t help but hear a young Geddy Lee (Rush), which one should be able to see is a bit confusing.  The song itself alternates between the softer verse sections with primarily just drums and vocals to the louder bridge and chorus sections with loud guitars and ragged screaming added in for emphasis.  As to where this fits musically, I stick by my Blindside and Spoken comparison, so that heavier alternative with some catchy melodies and some occasional screaming.

“The Game” seems as if it will stick to the same formula and in one sense it does in terms of style but the guitars stay with the song throughout with some nice layered leads incorporated over a driving, riff and pummeling drums.  Production quality is excellent, vocals are clear, while guitars and drums are loud, nothing is lost.  I can hear everything from bands like Pillar to guitar parts that remind me of Blue Oyster Cult, so yes, it is an interesting mix. Continue reading »

May 152018

Minneapolis-based rock band Fades Away has emerged from a three year hiatus with a new album entitled “Resurrection Part I.” With hard hitting guitars, soaring vocal melodies and pounding drums, the album melds the genres of metal, hard rock and prog perfectly and is sure to please fans of all three. The first single from the album, “Sad State Of Affairs…” was released to national radio today.

After years of touring and sharing the stage with wildly successful bands like Skillet, Brian “Head” Welch (guitarist from Korn and Love & Death),Thousand Foot Krutch, Fireflight, RED and Throw The Fight, the members of Fades Away took a break in order to focus on family and other daily rigors of life. The release of “Resurrection Part I” heralds a revitalized direction for the band’s next chapter and, like a phoenix rising from the ashes, the band awakens as a new creature – recognizable yet distinctly different. Continue reading »

Jul 182015

fades away logoVeteran Alternative Metal band Fades Away has released its first new music in over two years. The single, entitled ‘The Rose,’ is available through major digital retail outlets including iTunes, AmazonMP3, Google Play and others. ‘The Rose’ is currently being promoted to Christian Rock radio through Gorilla Media. A full, national campaign will begin in August. ‘The Rose’ can be streamed in the video below.

“I pricked my finger on the rose. Held up my hand to see the hole and watched the poison slowly take control.” The lyrics from vocalist / lyricist Dave Erickson explore the human propensity to gravitate toward things which are harmful, as well as the struggle to stay on the right path.

Fades Away has always confronted the serious issues of life that affect us all, but Dave always offers hope to the listener as he points to the light in the midst of darkness: “How did I fall so far from your warm embrace? I let the virus take my place. If there’s a thread of me left inside my veins, oh God, don’t let it be erased.” ‘The Rose’ encourages others to search themselves and seek absolution in order to find their way back to solid ground. Continue reading »

Jun 162015

fades away logoKnown for its aggressive sound and dark yet hopeful lyrics, Fades Away has been conspicuously absent from the scene for the last several years. Having landed licensing deals which led to exposure on CBS’s NFL and NCAA sportscasts and elsewhere, it seemed the world was their oyster. But life circumstances diverted the band’s course and left hungry fans clamoring for more. After two marriages, a change in lineup and a side project or two, the veteran Alternative Metal band is now back in the studio working on brand new material.

Fades Away’s current lineup includes original members David Erickson, bassist Steve Daniels, drummer Matt Mahlen and newcomer, guitarist Brett Verlennich, who debuted with the band on 2013’s single ‘Creature.’ The band’s breakthrough album, “Perceptions,” was produced by Pillar guitarist Noah Henson and featured lush orchestration a la RED, Apocalyptica and Break Of Reality. Continue reading »