Sound: There are some bands with such an epic sound that it makes them unforgettable, and Edinburgh's Midas Fall fit the bill perfectly. The prog-rock quintet's latest recording Eleven Return And Revert from Monotreme Records has the wide arching guitar choirs of Fly Leaf with the haunting, Gothic lifts of Evanescence and the soft, Celtic-rimmed atmospherics of The Corrs. Lead vocalist/guitarist Elizabeth Heaton has a vocal resonance reminiscent of Shakira as guitarists/pianists Rowan Burn and Brian Dunsmore clamp on cinematic projectiles and shimmery suspensions while bassist Jamie Scobie and drummer Adam Ley-Lange whip up waves of staggering beats.
Tracks like Movie Screens and Stalking Moon are stacked in slow rising drum tremors and quavering guitar twists which build and recede forming shuddering climaxes interceded by a calming surf. The somber piano dirges of 09:17 and War Pigeon are molded by lulling swells which have a prayer-like aura while other tracks are armored in ghostly acoustics and pulsating beats like Nautical Song and the glistening raptures of Bright Lights Will Harm No One. The atmospheric plumes rolling along Century are doted by traipsing piano keys, and the delicate strands entangled through Half Horizon have a weightless rustling. The burly trembles and soaring riffs in My Radio Star and Fog Sky Nun are monstrous and boom with the force of thunder rumbling across the sky. Whether the band's movements are booming or lilting, Midas Fall's music is highly expressive and positively charged. // 9
Lyrics: Heaton could be singing in a foreign language and the songs will still be irresistibly attractive. The lyrics are mostly introspective like in Fog Sky Nun when Heaton reflects, You said I'm too headstrong to love again / I'm slipping into someone else Never had a chance. Other times, the lyrics are a declaration of feelings like in My Radio Star with verses that confess, Every time your heart skips a beat / Remember I love you. Words mesh into the music so the two seem inseparable. It works as both a vice and an asset for the band because the lyrics are an integral part of the songs while making it hard to distinguish what Heaton is saying. // 8
Overall Impression: Midas Fall's newest effort Eleven Return And Revert feels so good on the ears. The band has such a beautiful sound while being able to craft flame-broiled climaxes and currents of surging rumbles. The album has an epic sound marbled in Celtic-pop and Goth rock with a mantle of glittery atmospherics. The band should be world bound with an album like this. They put inspiration back into songcrafting. // 9