At Jumpin' Jacks, Newcastle, U.K., April 1, 2018

THE FALLEN STATE (Live at Jumpin' Jacks, Newcastle, U.K., April 1, 2018)
Photo: Mick Burgess

With five EP’s under their belts and their debut album due out later this year, UK five piece, The Fallen State, have more than enough decent songs to cram into their set in their first ever appearance in Newcastle.

Fronted by the charismatic Ben Stenning their powerful music, heavy on riffs but high on melody sits well within the modern Metal world occupied by the likes of Alter Bridge and Shinedown. In fact, if you played their music alongside those legendary acts, you’d be hard pushed to decide which one is the new kid on the block such is the strength of their song writing, even at this early stage of their career. It comes as no surprise therefore that Black Stone Cherry’s Chris Robertson has endorsed them to the extent of appearing in their latest video, Nova. This is a band clearly going places.

Opener Hope In Revival was driven on along by a tight groove from bassist Greg Butler and impressive drummer Rich Walker over which the dual guitars of Jon Price and Dan Oke laid their huge riff. An impressive and imposing start to their set, that never dropped off the pace.

Burn It To The Ground, another riff heavy song built on a huge melody and the Slash-esq riffing off Great Unknown have a real quality to them, while the dynamic Nova already has over one and a half million You Tube views and marks down The Fallen State as one most definitely to watch in 2018.

Review and Photos By Mick Burgess


  • Mick Burgess

    Mick is a reviewer and photographer here at Metal Express Radio, based in the North-East of England. He first fell in love with music after hearing Jeff Wayne's spectacular The War of the Worlds in the cold winter of 1978. Then in the summer of '79 he discovered a copy of Kiss Alive II amongst his sister’s record collection, which literally blew him away! He then quickly found Van Halen I and Rainbow's Down To Earth, and he was well on the way to being rescued from Top 40 radio hell!   Over the ensuing years, he's enjoyed the Classic Rock music of Rush, Blue Oyster Cult, and Deep Purple; the AOR of Journey and Foreigner; the Pomp of Styx and Kansas; the Progressive Metal of Dream Theater, Queensrÿche, and Symphony X; the Goth Metal of Nightwish, Within Temptation, and Epica, and a whole host of other great bands that are too numerous to mention. When he's not listening to music, he watches Sunderland lose more football (soccer) matches than they win, and occasionally, if he has to, he goes to work as a property lawyer.

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