FREE FALL – Power And Volume
Who knows why or how- but every 10 or 15 years, what’s old becomes new again. Be it the influx of younger musicians experiencing older records through easier internet access or raiding their siblings’ collections, hard rock and metal have experienced an explosion in terms of new releases that could fit the ‘retro-rock’ tag. Sweden’s Free Fall finds themselves armed with another 10 song augmentation to the current crop of old school philosophy and recording techniques in "Power and Volume".
Ringing out all the trailing chords and whammy bar excess a la their 60’s and 70’s influences, you’ll hear passionate licks and steamy grooves with whiskey laced melodies from Kim Fransson on instant appealers such as the Blue Cheer-ish "Free Fall" and longer, 6:46 jam inducing "Midnight Vulture". "Attila" is another longer arrangement with this slow, swanky riff that takes shape in the Accept "Princess of the Dawn" mold, yet the drumming from Ludwig Dahlberg is cut in a half time/ Phil Rudd meets Bill Ward way. As a guitarist Mattias Barjed isn’t afraid to take something catchy and build upon it slowly but surely until you feel this frantic burst of energy charging from your speakers- some of his best work coming into focus on "Love Bombing" and the culturally moving closer "Meat".
There’s no denying Free Fall love AC/DC throughout these 10 songs- but it’s not mere hero worship, as I believe the quartet genuinely appreciate much of the determination and raw musical expression that came from the late 60’s to late 70’s hard rock artists. The sparse album cover allows the music to be in full focus- and as such Free Fall deliver on all fronts with a record that should entertain all who yearn for some great, old fashioned hard rock.