Review by Paul Monkhouse for MPM
Geordie bruisers Fallen Mafia have been making some big waves since forming in Newcastle a decade ago, their own take on hard rock nirvana catching the imagination of the nations metalheads.
With the extraordinary vocals of Hannah Neil front and centre, they’ve brought this double dose of electric mayhem that adds layer upon layer of atmosphere to their hard riffing sound.
Built around the punchy yet precisely placed fretwork of Chris Johnson and Stephen Hope, this dynamic duo match perfectly balanced muscularity with restraint, the tension almost unbearable.
Uncurling like a King Cobra, ‘Broken’ is dripping with an air of menace, the threat of violence lying just below the image, Neil’s unique voice full of longing and regret but with an edge that is heart breaking as it digs into your skin.
Similarly, ‘Splinters’ quickly grows into something immensely powerful, its attack more in your face but still showing a remarkable tension that lifts it beyond the ordinary.
Kicking off the year with two tracks that storm the senses, you can be sure that the North Eastern combo will be grabbing more and more attention as they head for the big leagues.
North East Hard Rock
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