The thrill at hearing the organ run, bolstered by sawtoothed synths followed by the guitars, bass and drums crashing in is visceral. The guitars, at first glassy unleash a threatening growl before all is pulled back to foreground the voice. All Things Fallen is the brainchild of Markus Sigfridsson, guitarist for Sweden’s Darkwater, and on this album he also fills out the melodic progressive metal sound with contributions on bass, keyboards/programming and vocals. This is not a one man show; All Things Fallen benefits from the vocal talents of Erik Tordsson (End of September) and the rhythmic powerhouse that is Leo Margarit (Pain of Salvation) on drums.
The sound is full, melodic and powerful and the songwriters ponder the dystopian present, poignantly illustrated by the spoken word samples scattered throughout the songs. These spoken word samples appear well-researched, as they dialogue – in documentary-like fashion – with Tordsson’s lyrics. “Ex Nihilo” is a good example in this regard.