Music Review: Free Fall
CD: Power and Volume
Label: Nuclear Blast Records
by: TJ Fowler
If I was a great heavy metal chef and I could take ingredients of different bands and mix them together to come up with delicious heavy metal dishes then Free Fall would be one of my main dishes. When you take a big portion of Bon Scott AC/DC, a sprinkle of Led Zeppelin, just a pinch of Blackie Lawless from W.A.S.P. and a whole lot of salty 70’s hard rock, you get served up Free Fall.
‘Power and Volume’ is a record that would fit right at home in the late 1970’s and if they had come out in that time period could possibly be some big stars today though 60 years old. ‘Power and Volume’ features ten tracks of mostly good blues based and dirty rock and roll. Lead by the vocals of Kim Fransson you have nothing more here than some really good music that captures a lot of what rock and roll has lost in recent decades. Fransson’s vocals remind me a lot of Bon Scott, a bit of Blackie Lawless and some of Robert Plant. As strange of a combination as that may sound the man sounds great with the type of music played here which is very reminiscent of the old AC/DC and Led Zeppelin.
Some top tracks on the album are ‘Power and Volume’, ‘Midnight Vulture’, ‘Love Bombing’ and ‘Meat’ but all the others are good tracks also, with the exception of ‘Attila’. That one went on too long.
Which brings me to the one negative of the album for me. I found a few songs tended to stretch on a bit too long for my liking. I know part of the classic rockers had long songs but here, I felt they really didn’t help the songs at all…especially with ‘Attila’.
On the whole the Free Fall is a great band with good rock tunes. Free Fall classify their music as Freedom Rock. When I was a kid there was a commercial on TV advertising compilation albums from classic rock bands, the Album titles were called Freedom Rock and there was some dirty hippie in the commercial when he heard the music and asked if that was Freedom Rock. When he was told yes, he replied, “Well Turn it up man!!!” That is what I’m telling you to do with Free Fall’s ‘Power and Volume’. Is this Freedom Rock man??? Hell yes it is so “TURN IT UP MAN!”
Jan Martens – Bass
Mattias Bärjed – Guitar
Kim Fransson – Lead vocals
Ludwig Dahlberg – Drums