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"Empty Playground Review of "Luctor et Emergo""

Empty Playground #5, Unsigned Reviews
Downfall – Luctor et Emergo
Review By: John- The Brutal Hobo, Brutal Hobo Promotions,
Published By: Empty Playground (#5, Page 38),

Up and coming metal maniacs from Maryland. Downfall tear straight into the first track Seed of Ignorance with ease. With some amazing beats from Vaans on the drums, the distinctive riffs from Pete are extreme from the start, all topped off with grunts and growls from Cha. The symbols again mark the start of more metal mania in the form of Home Before Birth, with some extreme screams and strange sounds from Cha combined with a pummeling drum beat and an almost funk like bass line, this proves to be musical mayhem. Finishing with Abusive Justice, an epic track with lots of riffs, funky bass lines and crazy gurgles from Cha.

This is generally a very good debut from the Maryland four piece and they should go a long way in the future with their individual style of metal. This is a must for fans of Napalm Death and anyone who likes progressive death metal.
- John @ Brutal Hobo Promotions


Luctor et Emergo [EP]



Instead of merely imitating the latest trends for commercial appeal, Downfall creates the kind of metal they want to hear, while scrapping the idea of a traditional metal image altogether. Formed in the winter of 2005, somewhere in College Park, Maryland, Downfall has been out to breathe fresh air back into the metal scene which has grown stale from too many indistinguishable, uninspired acts. In the winter of 2006 Downfall self-produced, released, promoted, and distributed their establishment press “Luctor et Emergo”. To promote themselves and the EP the band has been touring the Mid-Atlantic region and has been very well received by the metal, hardcore, and mainstream audiences.

The band itself is a mixture of very different personalities with their own diverse tastes in music; a trait that is reflected in both their music and their image. Downfall has a very rhythmic yet intensely chaotic sound that is incapable of direct comparison. What they create is inspired by a variety of genres, and this appreciation and knowledge of multiple styles plays a big part in many aspects of their sound. Focusing more on the quality of their work, and the genuineness of their music, Downfall believes that the music should always speak for itself, and theirs truly speaks volumes.

Being self-taught musicians, they possess a do-it-yourself work ethic that carries over to their music as well as their business model. After being on the scene for less than a year the band had already made a substantial amount of progress. In 2006 they performed with many national acts like Napalm Death, A Life Once Lost, Animosity, Skinless, and Dying Fetus. They continued to perform to promote themselves and their EP in 2007 and the trend continued with more national acts such as God Forbid, Goatwhore, Mnemic, Arsis, Byzantine, Catle Decapitation, and The Faceless.

Since the fall and winter months of 2007, the band has been working on their next release, a self-produced full-length album, and has continued to tour the Eastern US. In early 2008 they performed with international act Nile, and they continue to produce their full-length album in preparation for an exhaustive tour and promotions schedule in the year ahead.