EXCLUSIVE: After The Fall’s ‘Dedication’ is an emotionally powerful melodic-hardcore gem (full-album stream)

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photo: Chris Sutorius

Albany, New York, quartet After The Fall play the type of melodic hardcore that the world sorely lacks in 2015: It’s impressively speedy and technical, with hooks aplenty and more than enough aggression to get you off of your barstool and up to the front of the stage. But their new album, Dedication, is more than just your average pit-starter; the entire album is dedicated to  fallen bandmate, which results in some seriously heavy lyrics. Frontman Mike Moak explains:

The album is our favorite so far, and it means the most to us because it’s written for and about our founding member Brian Peters who passed away from cancer on October 1, 2013. We recorded it at the Blasting Room and had Karl Alvarez (Descendents) play bass on the record. We also had back-up vocals from Chad Price and Jon Snodgrass.”

Dedication comes out May 12 via Bridge Nine Records and can be pre-ordered here.

https://soundcloud.com/bridge9/sets/after-the-fall-dedication/s-uzG0k

Catch After The Fall on tour from now until, well, at least the fall, if not after it; dates below:

May 12 Allston, MA @ O’Brien’s ^
May 13 Brooklyn, NY @ Acheron %
May 14 Albany, NY @ Low Beat *
May 16 Montreal, QC, Canada @ Pouzza Fest !
Jun 18 Syracuse, NY @ Lost Horizon+
Jun 19 Providence, RI @ Simons677+
Jun 20 S. Burlington, VT @ Higher Ground+
Jun 21 Portland, ME @ Port City Music Hall+
Jun 23 Buffalo, NY @ The Waiting Room+
Jun 24 Toledo, OH @ Frankies+
Jun 25 Columbus, OH @ The Basement+
Jun 26 Grand Rapids, MI @ The Intersection+
Jun 27 Erie, PA @ Basement Transmissions+
Oct 31 Gainesville, FL @ FEST

^ (w/ Heartsounds, Great Lakes USA, Tied to a Bear)
% (w/ Heartsounds, Ambitions)
* (w/ Drag the River, Heartsounds)
! (w/ 88 Fingers Louie, The Bruce Lee Band, The Planet Smashers, more)
+ (w/ Anti-Flag, The Homeless Gospel Choir)