Exiting the Fall refers to themselves as Spirit-filled hardcore, a genre previously known for bands like Hopesfall, Extol and Spitfire. Exiting the Fall released an EP in 2009, with their second EP dropping this past summer. Their latest is a 25-minute journey called Parables, and demonstrates a talented young band that is dedicated to both the Spirit-filled hardcore sound as well as the Spirit of God Himself.
Truth is a message Exiting the Fall speaks of a lot throughout Parables; being honest with yourself and with God. "The Prodigal" deals with it heavily, with a lot of confession ("All my life I've painted a life that I wear to disguise, I've tried to fit the wrong piece into this puzzle of my life"). They call out for help in "The Great Lie" when vocalist Matt Vacaro says "God save me from what's constraining me, I can feel the grasp of thorns as I try to escape from the rose this world promised me." Clearly, their focus is on point, recognizing their sin and reaching out for the only one who can save us from it. The message is terrific, and I'm impressed that they were able to convey it in somewhat of a poetic way instead of writing mediocre lyrics to get their message out there. Exiting the Fall doesn't come off as the most eloquent of lyric writers, but for the style of music they play, they do a lot better with it than a lot of hardcore bands.
As music fans know, the lyrics are only part of what makes a song good or bad. For the audio portion, Exiting the Fall is easily one of the better independent hardcore bands I've heard in recent memory. Hardcore is one of those genres that more people think they can pull off than should probably even attempt at. But these Bostonians are pretty talented. While their music isn't anything new in the hardcore realm, it's executed well enough to not matter that much. They feature a nice combination of chugging guitars and wandering guitar lines with double bass and both clean and rough vocals. To answer the question you may be asking: yes, it does sound like something you'd get from a record label like Facedown or Strike First. If you listen to their artists, you can gather a pretty good expectation of the sound of Parables.
Exiting the Fall's latest EP was a pleasant surprise. With all the hardcore bands in the independent scene, it can become a daunting task to find good ones. I have high hopes for these guys. I wouldn't be surprised to see them come up and make a bigger name for themselves in the not so distant future. If you're into bands like The Devil Wears Prada or Texas In July, check out Exiting the Fall and see what you think.- Review date: 11/13/11, written by Scott Fryberger of Jesusfreakhideout.com
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Kevin Klein: Exiting the Fall is Matthew Vacaro (Vocals), Filipe Inacio (Guitar), Kevin Klein (Guitar/vocals), DJ Williams (Bass) and Jonathan Miller (Drums).
Kevin: The world tells us to embrace our fallen paths and wills, and the band believes in a group of people who strive for something greater than themselves.
Kevin: The band, as is now, has been together for about a year, but Exiting the Fall has been around for about 4 years overall. Our old singer, John Cissel, had a vision of forming a band and ministering through hardcore music.
Kevin: It's funny. I would say most of the band doesn't really listen to all that much "hardcore" or heavy music. We are all into a lot of different styles that include artists who influence us like Ascend the Hill, Copeland, and Hillsong. Most of us play in worship team and stuff like that as well. But as for hardcore bands who influence our sound and lyrics, I would say August Burns Red, Oh, Sleeper, For Today and The Ghost Inside are on the top of the list.
Kevin: We had our first tour last summer and it was absolutely incredible. We played MA, NH, ME, MI, and PA. The tour was not planned by a label or anything like that. We all, with the help of our God and the opportunities He gave, put all we had into the "Parables" tour; and it was great. Definitely one of the marking experiences in my life and I know it's true for the other guys as well. We met so many people and encountered so many different stories. We would love to tour more and plan on having another tour in 2012 and eventually touring full-time.
Kevin: We practice on Saturdays. Usually after practicing our set, we start writing a bit and bring in ideas we came up with throughout the week.
Kevin: Yes, recently we been experimenting with different writing methods. Our vocalist Matt and I have been writing a lot of our musical idea on this program called Guitar Pro 6. The intro to our song "The Great Lie" was first written as an idea on Guitar Pro. Many times, we write entire songs, choose the parts we want, and sit down and practice the parts with the band that we wrote on a computer! It's pretty weird. Haha. But we also have been adding in some "natural flavor," if you will. So it will be interesting to see how it all comes out.
Kevin: It really all depends, man. As an independent band we have been doing well, financially and in other ways. Don't get me wrong, I'm not saying we wouldn't want to get signed. We just don't want to jump into anything, like a lot of young bands do, without knowing that is where we need to be. We want a label that can understand that our mission is bigger than music, records, sales and what not.
Kevin: He is greater than every little thing in this life. Life can seem so large at times, you know? But in truth, this is nothing at all. And God's been teaching me that that should be the perceptive and mentality in which I live my life and how I love others.
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