Post-metal, post-rock, hardcore, and screamo are all tags befitting of Fall of Messiah and just as you’ll read below, the band prefers listeners and fans to form their own experiences and opinions of their music so, for us, it’s post-metal. With that said, the emotional mixture on display with their newly minted fourth album Senicarne is out of this world. Sure, elements of all the aforementioned tags can be heard throughout and influences from some of post-metal’s heaviest hitters can also be heard but the way Fall of Messiah put this album together is like your favorite roller coaster of highs, lows, and everything in between with moments of crushing heaviness earmarked with lush beauty around every turn. We asked the band our set of Profile questions to get under the hood a little so read on below to see what they had to say and be sure to hit those links to show them some support.
How did you first get into playing music, and have you achieved the level of success that you hoped for?
We were punk-rock kids living in a small town with not that much to do during weekends…that’s where it started. My brother used to have an old drumkit, our friends bought their first guitars, and then we decided to play together. We don’t really have any “success plan” but we had the chance to move on tour and shared the stage with bands we love, so this is already a success for us!
What’s the most you have ever debased yourself to get your band onto a show, into a magazine or otherwise promoted, covered, and praised? (If you don’t have a story, please tell us any funny/embarrassing story.)
I had my knee locked in between our van and a car in a parking lot in Derby the morning of our last show in the UK. I had to walk with a microphone stand to help me, and we bought frozen brussels sprouts to calm the pain in my knee. They thawed on the road. In the car. Two days after, we were going into the studio to record our first album, I couldn’t walk for a week…but we did it.
What do you see as some of the great things happening in metal and what are some of the worst things happening inside the scene right now?
All of the metal and hardcore scene has been getting more and more visibility over the past few years, and it’s something we really appreciate. It’s getting easier to play at “mainstream” festivals if you’re a hardcore band. For the worst, we really think all the stories concerning sexual assaults are just disgusting. We grew up in a music scene where the community was about respect and diversity, and it’s sad to see that for some people words are meaningless…
It seems that now everyone has a passion for some cause and that those people are very open about displaying their passions. This is probably a very, very good (and progressive) thing socially. What are some of the most important issues (social/political/humorous/etc.) for you and how do you insert those issues into your music?
We have a lot of concern about the environment and the evolution of humanity. I think we just try to put emotions into music that people can maybe feel or relate to. We are all supporters of causes that are important in our eyes, but we don’t directly talk about them in our songs, we prefer to invite the listener to make their own interpretation.
What, or who, got you into metal and how old were you? How did your family take the news?
I’ll say it’s a mix of the what: between the soundtracks of THPS and the who: my two older brothers, starting from Blink-182 to 6 Feet Under… I was around 13 at the time! For my parents, it was something quite normal, as my brothers and sister were already into that kind of music.
What advice do you have for aspiring music critics and outlets out there? How can we all better serve the genre in the eyes of a hard-working musician?
Keep doing interviews of bands, keep sharing their music on your social media. I think there are a lot of bands that deserve to be known, so helping them with reviews, on podcasts or social media is a very important thing.
What’s your goal? You guys thinking world domination? Maybe saving a continent? Maybe invading one? Any interest in starting a cult? Do you guys have day jobs or hobbies you want to share? Whatever it is, please let us know.
I don’t know if we really have a goal as a band. I mean, yeah we really want to tour worldwide, to discover new people and new cultures when we play shows, I think that’s our main point.
When you’re not obsessing over your own material, what are some of your favorite albums to listen to currently? (Feel free to include non-metal)
The last Rolo Tomassi album “Time Will Die…” is just a masterpiece, I’ve been listening to it for month. Same with “We already lost the world” by Birds In Row and “Braille” by Palm Reader. Most recently, I’ve been spinning “A brief memoriam” by Frail Body a lot. Outside of metal, I haven’t been listening to anything new these last months, maybe the last Pedro The Lion record “Phoenix” was the most recent stuff I’ve been listening to!
What is the 12-month outlook for you or your band? Any specific events on the horizon that the masses should be aware of?
We are really looking forward to being on stage again…we are preparing a few shows for the end of the year, if we’ll be able to play with the pandemic going on….and we are preparing a tour around Western Europe for April 2021! We’ll try to book some festivals shows for summer 2021 too.
Summarize your band in exactly one word. (Disclosure: If you include additional words, we will select our favorite for the final publication.)
Many thanks to Fall of Messiah for their time!