New York Punk Band, After The Fall, Impresses with Speed Punk Album Isolation
4.5 out of 5 stars
If you are reading this album review thinking that this is a different band (or video game) called “After The Fall,” well, you should keep reading, but you should know that there are a couple different acts of the same name.
Just to avoid any confusion, this is a punk band from Albany, New York that has been around since 2000, and they put out their 7th full length album called Isolation on January 7th, 2022.
The band consists of lead singer / guitarist Mike Moak, guitarist Tyler Paige, drummer Chris Millington, and Jasmine Maberry on bass and vocals as well.
This album was recorded at the legendary Blasting Room in Colorado with Andrew Berlin, and you can absolutely tell that the production is on point.
There are so many good songs on this 10-song album, but I think the album really starts at track 4 with “Firewood.” That is up there for a favorite of mine.
Of course, the very next song, “Gas Money” is a fantastic track, and on the first listen of the album stood out as a great track.
Honestly, I am not sure that there is a bad song on this album.
In classic punk fashion, there are a couple of songs under a minute. So, if you are a fan of bands like Descendents or bands in that punk tree, then I think you will definitely like this band and this album.
This album also does a really good job of playing one song into the next. It is a lot of uptempo punk rock with a non-stop bashing of drums and shredding of guitars.
I will say that, as with a lot of punk music, I do feel like there could be more variation with the drums as most of the time it is just non-stop canning on the high hat and snare with a solid bass beat.
That said, what Millington does on songs like “Mileage” is nothing short of amazing. Sweet rolls and fills in that song really finish off the album nicely.
I also know that a drummer never wants to take over the song, and they should play what the song gives it. So, I am not blaming him for not putting more in there. I just love drums, and I like to hear a bit more variation.
That aside, the whole album bangs, and you should definitely check this one out. Good stuff.