Fall from Grace

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The final and finest release from Los Angeles' Aversion, Fall From Grace represents the band at their highest state of mind-bending punk/metal destructiveness. While most of the early '90s speed metal set struggled to sound like anything more than the barely reformed traditional headbangers that they were, Aversion polished their punk recklessness, fulfilling the genre's forgotten promise. Tackling guitar, bass, and songwriting duties, Dash set the band's punishing, antisocial agenda, while vocalist Christian Fuhrer and drummer Mick Palmesano contribute intense performances equal to Dash's demanding material. Within Fall From Grace's 14 tracks of hyper-heaviness, listeners will find equal parts chaos ("Leaving"), grandiose drones ("The Very End"), light-speed riffs and double bass ("Self-Destructo Man"), and accomplished post-Metallica numbers ("The Weed, the Tree and Me") that pre-Master of Puppets fans should find quite satisfying. Unfortunately for Aversion, the punk-metal fusion they practiced had fallen out of commercial favor well before Fall From Grace's 1995 release. Even Metallica had long-since abandoned punk's rambunctiousness in favor of a more radio-friendly sound. Meanwhile, pop-affected bands like Green Day and the Offspring had annexed punk's aesthetic, leaving many artists like Aversion without much of an audience, and the group subsequently disbanded. Fortunately for their fans, the band lasted long enough to release Fall From Grace, their finest recording.

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