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MP3 Crimson Falls - The Dead

This is a concept E.P. build around the theme of the first World War. The songs ‘In Flanders Fields’ & ‘We Are The Dead’ which were already featured on our debut full cd ‘The True Face Of Human Nature. A special release for the die-hard Crimson Falls fan.

4 MP3 Songs in this album (12:20) !
Related styles: Metal/Punk: Death Metal, Metal/Punk: Metalcore, Mood: Angry

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The Dead E.P. - Liner Notes
A short word to introduce The Dead E.P. to you…When we recorded the songs ‘In Flanders Fields’ & ‘We Are The Dead’ back in 2006 for our debut full cd ‘The True Face Of Human Nature’, we already had the idea of doing something ‘special’, something more with these two tracks as we found the lyrical content very striking. We wanted to emphasize this. The idea of building an E.P. around these two songs started taking form pretty soon. Therefore we even recorded a Dutch version of the song ‘In Flanders Fields’ during the recording sessions for ‘The True Face…’. With the help of Herwig Verleyen, an auteur from Bruges who had written the translation ‘In Vlaanderens velden’, we tracked down the first Crimson Falls song in our mother language. The ‘In Flanders Fields’ Museum in Ieper was found interested in supporting this project as well. To them this appeared to be a perfect way to translate the theme of the First World War to a younger public. Unfortunately we had to postpone this project because we didn’t have the means and time to complete it properly at that time. But the idea kept lingering in our crimson minds and now the timing is right to come out with this for real. So, we’re very happy to present The Dead E.P. to you, consisting of the two aforementioned tracks, the Dutch version of ‘In Flanders Fields’ (previously unreleased) and, very important, one brand new song! We know you guys are waiting for some ‘real’ new Crimson Falls material so here you have it; a nice preview of our next full cd, to be released somewhere in 2009. Lyrically this song doesn’t fit in with the concept of the other songs, as we moved on to other topics worth writing songs about. But still, raising awareness, be it our past or our present, is important to this band. Enjoy, The Dead E.P.

In Flanders Fields:
This poem was written by Major John McCrae on the 3rd of May 1915; born from the fire and blood of the First World War. McCrae, who was stationed in Ypres as a doctor wrote ‘In Flanders Fields’ after the death of his friend Lieutenant Helmer. As a doctor, he was confronted daily with the wounded and dying. With every new death he asked himself if this sacrifice made any sense. The horror and misery touched him deeply, urging him to put pen to paper. Writing poems was his way to deal with his feelings and experiences. This poem became a worldwide symbol for sacrifice and the battle for freedom, while the poppy that is mentioned in ‘In Flanders Fields’ is still the symbol for all the fallen. The contrast between the poppy, standing for life and peace, and the crosses, standing for death and war, remains very striking.

We Are The Dead:
With the dying of the veterans the last witnesses of the First World War are lost. Still, it can’t be forgotten that 100.000’s of soldiers and civilians died during this war. They gave their lives for our freedom and independence. You can have a barbeque, go to shows, play soccer or do whatever it is you like to do and we take all this stuff for granted. This wasn’t the case for the people who spent four years in the ice-cold, wet and stinking trenches. This song is inspired by John McCrae''s poem ‘In Flanders Fields’ and by a visit to the city of Ypres and its surroundings. Here, the remnants of the Great War are still visible. Like the Menin Gate, through which the soldiers marched towards the battlefield, or the Bayerwald site, where you can walk through the trenches.

In Vlaanderens Velden:
In 1994 Herwig Verleyen made a Dutch translation of the poem ‘In Flanders Fields’ (In Vlaanderens velden). It appeared for the first time in the third impression (1995) of his book ‘In Flanders Fields. Het verhaal van John McCrae, zijn gedicht en de klaproos’ (In Flanders Fields. The Story of John McCrae, his poem and the poppy’). In 2002 he declaimed his translation to an audience of 10.000 at the Ijzerbedevaart in Diksmuide (Flanders, Belgium). The Ijzerbedevaart is an annual memorial service in honour for those who died in the First World War. This is the best-known translation in the Low Countries. The poem ‘In Flanders Fields’ has also often been set to music. The earliest composition (1917) is by the American Charles Edwards Ives (1874-1954). In 2006 Crimson Falls decided to compose a contemporary version for young people with the aid of Herwig Verleyen. This was done in the full cd ‘The True Face Of Human Nature’ (2006) with a reading of the English poem by the American Steve Wolf. On ‘The Dead E.P.’ (2008) the Dutch translation was added, read by Herwig Verleyen.

The city of Cordoba in Southern Spain proved centuries ago that it is possible for different beliefs to live in peace. That a clash of cultures doesn’t necessarily have to mean war. That different nations can live together in a spirit of tolerance.

Crimson Falls - Bio

The oldest traces of the Crimson Falls date back to spring 2002, when the band was originally formed by Kristof Damen (guitar), Ringo Van Dingenen (guitar) and Sigi Loots (drum). Ringo and Sigi had already been playing together in Outrage and Reller, two hardcorebands, while Kristof had a past in two metalcorebands: Unbound NC and Amain. With this line-up they composed the first CF-songs while looking for a suitable singer and bass player to make the band complete. In October 2002 both were found in Filip Van Damme (vocals) and Maarten Van Houdt (bass).

The first shows were played in April/May 2003. After these shows it became clear that not everyone in the band had the same view on the musical direction. Vocalist Filip didn’t feel comfortable with the more melodic death metal-styled music the rest of the band was heading for, so both sides agreed that going their own ways was the best option to take. After this, Crimson Falls kept on rehearsing and writing new songs as a foursome. After 8 long months, a new singer was found in former Legion-singer Wim Jacobs in spring 2004. Wim had the same musical background and preferences as the other CF-members so the musical direction wasn’t an issue any longer.

The new line-up started playing shows in August 2004; building up a solid live reputation. Meanwhile Crimson Falls got ready for the recordings of their first release. In May 2005 the debut mcd ‘Ruins 2K5’ saw the light of day. ‘Ruins 2K5’ contained five songs in which the band blended metalcore and melodic Swedish death metal. Crimson Falls recorded this album at Waves Studio, the predecessor of AK’s Studio. The artwork is designed by Dirge Design. This first effort put the band on the map in the metal & hardcore scene and got praised by an impressive series of national and international reviews. More shows followed in support of the album.

In 2006 Crimson Falls was faced with new line-up troubles with the departure of bass player Maarten Van Houdt. This didn’t stop the band from taking the next step in their evolution with the recordings of their first full-length label release. In December 2006 ‘The True Face Of Human Nature’ came out on Shiver Records. The album, recorded, mixed and mastered at CCR studio (Aborted, In-Quest, Betzefer, Liar, Lengtche..), brings you 45 minutes of modern & hard-hitting deathMETALcore. ..The True Face Of Human Nature.. features guest appearances by Svencho (Aborted) on ‘Controle Alt Delete’ and XCaroX (No Recess) on ‘Martyr Vs. Terrorist.’ The artwork is conceived by Avernus Studios, a new design agency born out of the ashes of Dirge Design (Immolation, The Amenta, In-Quest..). An extensive booklet is added to this album with liner notes commenting every song, giving a deeper insight on the lyrical content. Bass on these recordings was played by Sven ‘The Bassturbator’ Janssens (Aborted, Axamenta, Unleash The Fury). For the live shows Kristof Taveirne (Spoil Engine, Regression) filled in the empty spot on stage. A permanent replacement was found in September 2006 when Tom Trancez (I Witness, Serial Butcher) joined Crimson Falls. After the release of the ‘The True Face Of Human Nature’, Crimson Falls concentrated on promoting the new album, playing numerous shows in Europe, with a performance at Graspop Metal Meeting 2007 as the absolute highlight.

Crimson Falls recorded its second full length in September/October 2008 at CCR studio and was mixed and mastered there as well in November/December 2008. ‘Fragments Of Awareness’ got released by Genet Records in April 2009. The new album shows a more mature and evolved Crimson Falls, pushing their mix of ingredients to the extreme. This one is harder, more varied a hard-hitting then ever before. The album features guest vocals from Bart (Rafflesia) at ‘The Suicide Circle’, while members of When Blood Burns, It Breeds No More, Rafflesia and Crimson Falls team up for some gang vocals on ‘With All Due Respect’ & ‘Regenesis’. After this release the band shared the stage with scene leaders The Black Dahlia Murder, All Shall Perish, White Chapel, Origin & Despised Icon. Their appearance at Ieperfest 2009 was the start of Crimson Falls’ first European Tour which brought the band to Germany, France, Spain, Italy, Czech Republic, Austria & Holland. After this tour the band decide to go further without guitar player Ringo as his personal life made it impossible for him to invest the necessary time and effort in the band any longer. A few weeks later drummer Sigi decided to quit the band as he lost the motivation to go on. Jeroen Foré (https://www.tradebit.come, ex-Catafalque) was enrolled as the new guitar player, with whom Crimson Falls started working on new material in autumn 2009; while Friso Van Wijck (ex-Polluted Inheritance) stepped in as a temporary replacement on the drums, making sure no show had to be cancelled and giving the band the time to search for a new permanent replacement. After a long but profound search, Michael Stevenick was welcomed as the new drummer in May 2010. The definite start for the new Crimson Falls; eager for more shows, more tours & more releases! Soon, so stay tuned!

Crimson Falls blends a wide range of influences into an intense, passionate and crushing unity of death metal & metalcore. Expect fast and aggressive riffs, brutal mosh breakdowns, blistering blasts, complex rhythms and melancholic melodies. Influences include the mighty At The Gates, All Shall Perish, Aborted, Gojira, The Faceless, Lamb Of God, The Black Dahlia Murder, White Chapel, Heaven Shall Burn, Behemoth, Meshuggah, Nevermore & Despised Icon, to name just a few.

Crimson Falls proclaims a positive message of freedom, self-confidence and following your dreams, while other songs put the finger on the pulse of our modern society and it’s excesses. A variety of topics is brought up, going from a personal outlet of emotions (‘When The Blood Becomes Adrenaline’, ‘Poetry For The Scum’, ‘Solace’, ‘With All Due Respect’), over topical social issues (Book Of Memories’, ‘Controle Alt Delete’, ‘Martyr Vs. Terrorist’, ‘Forsaken’, ‘Omen Of Catastrophe’…) to the expression of a positive attitude in life (‘The Crimson Eyed’, ‘Erase All Fear’, ‘Four Slaves, Four Struggles.’, ‘Sworn Persistence’, ‘Regenesis’…). This band is for the moshers as well as the headbangers, the metalheads ànd the hardcore kids. No limits, no boundaries.

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