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Meatsuit

by Fallingice

Fallingice means alternative rock like a shot. It means a crystal clear post-grunge sound. Untouched, pristine, pure. It means an album born out of granite. 'Meatsuit' sounds fresh. A stab in the chest. Stunning album out of all genres.
Genre: Rock: Grunge
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1. Unclear
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2. Another Day
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3. Inner Confusion
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4. Soap Bubble
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5. Breathing Machine
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6. Hands In Chains
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7. Desired
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8. Teenage Boy
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9. Memories
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10. Too Bored To Die
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11. My Cold Heart
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
The album was recorded with producer Alessandro Paolucci (Raw Power) at West Link Recordings in Pisa, Italy, mixed by David Lenci (Uzeda, Charlotte Hatherley) at Red House Recordings, Italy and mastered at Precision Mastering in Hollywood, California, by Tom Baker (Helmet, Nine Inch Nails, Marilyn Manson, Deftones, Alter Bridge).

"Meatsuit" features a 12-page full-color booklet with lyrics and photos.

Out on Ukdivision Records and Roadrunner Records Belgium


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Dan MacIntosh (CMJ, Paste, Spin, Amplifier..)

This act will leave its mark on you
Fallingice is a hard rock trio from Italy. However, you might never guess that from listening to Meatsuit, which is one powerful slice of beef. This isn’t chopped liver, oh no. Instead, it is high grade steak.

The act’s centerpiece performer is its singularly-named singer and guitarist, Vice. Vice sings with the same tortured tone of Kurt Cobain. There were times when Cobain strained his voice so much, it almost hurt listening to him. His pain was our gain, though, because while all that vocal suffering just added to the music’s credibility. Much the same can be said of Vice and Fallingice. Granted, these song lyrics are not nearly as deep as Nirvana songs. Nevertheless, when Vice lets out a death curdling wail during “Too Bored To Die,” it’s simply impossible not to feel at least a little bit of his pain. He’s not attempting to entertain us by pussy-footing around his words; he’s exorcizing some sort of inner demon or other, instead.

This band only has a couple of basic speeds. There are the slower songs, such as “Unclear,” which start with gentler, jangling guitar parts and don’t sound so much like Vice is scrapping barnacles off the underside of a hull. Rather, he actually sounds somewhat smooth – well, as smooth as he can get – when he sings. “Desired” also starts off this way, as does “Inner Confusion.”

Fallingice’s second gear is fast, rumbling rock & roll. This momentum-building variation is best exemplified during both “Breathing Machine” and “Hands In Chains.” On these sorts of songs, Fallingice sounds like a train on fire, racing along the tracks out of control.

It’s difficult to decipher if these songs are autobiographical or just observational. Song names like “Teenage Boy” and “Too Bored To Die” suggest the ravings of a young person. Nevertheless, the group has been recording and playing live together for more than a decade now, so it can only be assumed that these three musicians are well beyond their teen years. Therefore, it might be that they are drawing upon the experiences of their youth, which is not at all uncommon in the rock musical realm, or they are simply writing about what they see around them. Whatever the case, though, these songs are – from beginning-to-end -- effective and memorable.

The simple success of this music is another reminder of how sometimes the simplest formulas are the best. Contrast Fallingice with, say progressive rock. Progressive musicians pride themselves on how darn complicated they can write and play. Yet many times, their only fans are also other progressive musicians that pride themselves on ‘getting’ the music. To its credit, you don’t need a music degree to ‘get’ what Fallingice creates. This is noisy, simple, primal stuff.

To work in a second analogy, Fallingice is to rock what The Three Stooges are to comedy. The Stooges never tried to impress anybody with their verbal dexterity or quick wit. Instead, they just jumped right to the point of physically abusing one another and making the laughter go bang. Similarly, Fallingice goes straight for the pain points, with the pinpoint accuracy of a skilled boxer, until a knockout is accomplished.

This is not to say that genteel, thoughtful music is not appreciated. It’s just sometimes we want a real man’s music. We want sounds that replicate power tools. We need to know that lots of electricity is being expended in the process. It’s not enough to just play the right chords and sing rhyming words. There are those days when people just want to feel the music and proudly display bruises from it after all is said and done. Beware of Fallingice because this act will leave its mark on you, make no mistake about it.

Rating: 4 Stars (out of 5)

Ilaria

Awesome!
Meatsuit is a noteworthy and precious work, as the critics agree. This album is certainly a discovery, with its adrenaline-charged tracks and exquisite melodies

Massimo Cotto (MAX, Italy)

Great band
"It rarely happens that an Italian group of alt-rock gets signed by an English indie label and sells in America and in Europe before you know who they are in Italy. The ice falls, it touches "Grunge" and it doesn't let the melody fade away.

John

A great record
Nice job guys. Not every band out there is as good as you are. You got some pretty awesome shit, especially in these times since we don't have all the awesome bands we used to. "Meatsuit" is a great record!

Dagheisha.com (Italy)

Between grunge and nu metal reminiscences
"Between grunge and nu metal reminiscences the eleven songs that make up 'Meatsuit' always get straight to the point and the excitement grows as lascivious as the writing on the man's back of the album cover. As the ice melts 'Inner Confusion', 'Hands In Chains' and 'Desired' express their full potential and you don't have the feeling of being in front of another Italian product unable to compete with foreign countries."

Legacy (Germany)

An album with international style
"FALLINGICE sind die italienische Variante knackiger Alternative Rock-Klänge und in ihrer Heimat sicherlich eine den wenigen Hard-rock bands, für die ein schmutziger Sound noch das Nonplusultra darstellt. Entsprechend selbstbewusst geht die Band zum Abschluss ihrer ersten Karriere-Dekade auch zur Sache und präsentiert mit "Meatsuit" ein album von internationaler Klasse : abwechslungsreich, eigenständig, und dennoch mit genügend griffigen Melodien, um dem Mainstream die Hände zu reichen.
Mit songs wie "Inner Confusion", "Soap Bubble", und dem etwas flotteren "Hands In Chains" stehen schlieblich genügend überzeugende Kompositionen auf der Liste, mit denen FALLINGICE über die heimische Szene hinaus Eindruck erwecken dürften. Und da auch das seltene balladeske Material tadellos arrangiert ist, ist Meatsuit ein nahezu völlig unbedenkliches Album, das mit wenigen Ausfällen und einer an sich konstant guten Performance punktet."

Silent Scream Webzine (Italy)

'Meatsuit' is a very well made record and directed towards the center of the tar
"The Italian trio shows itself to be extremely professional and focused, it offers an alternative rock with great pathos, especially thanks to the singer's performance, who during the most intense moments decides to sacrifice his tonsils for the greatest glory of the songs he sings. Overall, 'Meatsuit' is a very well made record and directed towards the center of the target."

Tom

Awesome
Awesome! Check out the "Breathing Machine" video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cAB04hHwqSg

so cool!

Alex Henderson

Meatsuit
In Italy, there are plenty of artists who record mostly or exclusively in Italian and concentrate on the Italian-language market. Vasco Rossi, Laura Pausini, Umberto Tozzi and Giusy Ferreri are among the many Italian pop stars famous for their Italian-language recordings. But Italy also has a variety of Italian rockers who are best known for their English-language output, and they range from the well-known gothic metal band Lacuna Coil to Milan-based alternative pop-rockers NoMoreDolls to the post-grunge/alternative rock trio Fallingice (as opposed to Falling Ice). Led by frontman/founder Vice, Fallingice have had some lineup changes along the way. On their first full-length album, Meatsuit, the power trio lineup consists of Vice on lead vocals and guitar, Bem on bass and Fab on drums. Vice wrote all of the material, which is aggressively hard-rocking but also quite melodic and draws on direct or indirect influences that include Nirvana, the Foo Fighters and Linkin Park. In other words, this is an album that, stylistically, has “active rock” written all over it.

“Too Bored to Die” is perhaps the closest Meatsuit comes to full-fledged alternative metal. The tune has a guitar riff that is somewhere between Soundgarden and Black Sabbath, and Vice combines his love of the late Kurt Cobain with hints of Ozzy Osbourne. “Too Bored to Die” is easily the album’s most metallic track, but for the most part, Meatsuit is more alternative hard rock than alternative metal. Of course, there has often been a fine line between hard rock and heavy metal over the years. That was true in the 1970s and 1980s, and it has continued to be true in album rock’s post-Nirvana, post-Nevermind era. Different people will have different views on what constitutes alternative hard rock and what constitutes alternative metal. Fallingice, arguably, can be relevant to both, although 90% of the time Meatsuit is post-grunge rather than alt-metal.

Fallingice aren’t as slick or polished a post-grunge band as Creed, 3 Doors Down or Nickelback, and while angst-ridden tracks such as “Soap Bubble,” “Inner Confusion,” “Hands in Chains,” “Desired” and “Another Day” are radio-friendly, they also show a fondness for the type of explosive fury that Nirvana favored back in the early 90’s. Those songs have melody and nuance, but they are also decidedly edgy.

Speaking of Nirvana, Vice favors a very Cobain-ish vocal style but also sings with a slight Italian accent. And “slight” is the operative word because he has no problem expressing himself in English. Vice sings like someone who is proficient in English even though he grew up in a country where Italian, not English, is the dominant language. If anything, that combination of Cobain-isms and a slight Italian accent is a plus because it helps him stand out in the very crowded post-grunge field. Post-grunge, obviously, is full of Cobain and Eddie Vedder worshipers, and while there is no doubt that Vice is a Cobain disciple, that slight Italian accent helps prevent him from sounding like someone who wants to be a Cobain clone.

Another track that ventures into alt-metal territory is “Breathing Machine,” which is the album’s heaviest offering next to “Too Bored to Die.” The song sounds a bit like something Bush would have done in the 90’s, but is heavier and more forceful and also has elements of Soundgarden. “Teenage Boy” and the radio-friendly “My Cold Heart,” on the other hand, are post-grunge items that, like most of Meatsuit, keep their crunchy guitar-power aggression in the alternative hard rock realm rather than the alt-metal realm.

This derivative effort doesn’t pretend to be groundbreaking. Countless other bands have dipped in these same post-grunge waters, some with better results and some with worse. While Meatsuit isn’t a remarkable album, it is certainly a decent and competent one.

Alec Cunningham

Fallingice incorporates the heavy metal riffs of Godsmack with the grunge sounds
With a fresh lineup in 2007 consisting of Vice, longtime guitarist and vocalist for the group, and new members Bem and Fab as bassist and drummer, Fallingice teamed up with UKDivision Records to begin working on a new record. Eager to create, the trio entered the studio. What arose from their recording was Meatsuit, the band’s first full-length album. In Meatsuit, Fallingice incorporates the heavy metal riffs of Godsmack with the grunge sounds of artists such as Nirvana and Puddle of Mudd, but adds a distinctive Italian twist to the mix to create a unique sound of their own.

Meatsuit kicks off with “Unclear,” a song with light guitar picking during each verse and heavier riffs during every chorus. The song details a girl who is suffering through an emotionally unstable point in her life. Fallingice does well to parallel the emotions communicated in their instruments with the emotions expressed within their lyrics. In “Unclear” particularly, emotions of anger, sadness, and hope are all fully conveyed in both the musical arrangement and lyrical accompaniment.

In 2001, “Another Day,” the band’s most popular song before the debut of Meatsuit, won Coop for Music, a popular Italian music contest. Fallingice was awarded with 20,000 copies of the song to be sold in stores throughout Italy, as well as inside of Rockstar Magazine. Vice contributes impressive guitar solos within both “Another Day” and other songs on Meatsuit, but each solo is interspersed enough throughout in a way that adds to the album and is not overbearing. “Memories” is one of the slowest songs on the album. Vice’s vocal harmonies against his own lead vocal create a very catchy, appealing aspect within the song. This synchronization coupled with the slightly softer, slower melody of “Memories” conveys the somber feeling of the rainy days and memories described within the song.

“Too Bored To Die” is very similar to the work of Avenged Sevenfold. While this is one of the heavier songs off of the album, Vice’s rough, edgy tone is still distinguishable, even when the lyrics are being screamed. Although the trio’s raging riffs add head banging excitement to the album, many of the album’s angst-infused lyrics, such as those in “Too Bored To Die,” could use a bit of juicing up. While the subject matter has great potential, the lyrics lack the strength needed to fully convey their message.

Unlike some of the more mainstream rock groups popular today, Fab’s fast drumming does not simply help to keep the beat within a song. His varying rhythms add to the album in a positive way, enhancing the depth and intensity that can be felt in compositions throughout Meatsuit.

The aggressive attitude that Fallingice has brought to Meatsuit has made for an overall rather enjoyable album, and their Italian background certainly makes them stand out in the rock music world. The band’s musical style is spot on; Meatsuit is heavy enough for heavy metal fans, while still remaining light enough for rock and hard rock fans. With Meatsuit, Fallingice has managed to sustain numerous melodies throughout their songs without diminishing the impact of their rough, metal edges, something that many heavy rock bands fail to create.
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