Check out what people are saying about Falling Edge:
“…pays homage to classics past while blazing a trail of their own. An exciting band with a unique sound, Falling Edge manages to keep one finger on the pulse of progressive music while meandering as close to the edge as they dare… a band able to change identity from song to song, a trait I find refreshing–perhaps because it is so rare today… Like a fine wine, the time spent blending and assembling Falling Edge was not wasted or ill advised…and the final flavor is a testament to excellent craftsmanship… Falling Edge is able to align itself with the masters of prog while staking out their own territory at the same time…a statement to their musical knowledge, appreciation, and abilities…I believe they will be mentoring the next wave of progressive bands when they start to spread their wings. Falling Edge has a sound that should stir the emotions of any current prog fan and stand the test of time for future generations to appreciate.” – Vincent Iacocca, The Closet Concert Arena – read the full review
“An excellent debut record by this symphonic prog rock quartet … Falling Edge is a fine debut production that every fan of Symphonic Prog should hear in the year 2013 and beyond.” 4/5 stars – ProgArchives.com – read the full review
“Not a dull moment! Perfect production for a first album. Congratulations to the group.I LOVE the voice of the singer of the last three pieces, a very distinctive voice…” 4.5/5 stars – fondofprog77 (rateyourmusic.com contributor) – read the full review
“Eclectic but very pleasant… Calm and melodic moments alternating with fabulous guitar flights, sometimes a voice to Mariusz Duda (Riverside) is positively breathless from start to finish.” 4.5/5 stars BronDune (rateyourmusic.com contributor) – read the full review
“The music proves that they have been influenced by many prog acts of the seventies. They principally made me think of Genesis with Phil Collins especially albums like A Trick Of The Tail (1975) and Wind And Wuthering (1976), although the Peter Gabriel era of Genesis came to mind as well. I think they either have Trespass (1970) and Nursery Cryme (1971) in their CD collection… I also heard the spirit of Pink Floyd wandering about this album. Wish You Were Here (1975) could have been a starting point for the band to write progressive rock tunes. Last but not least I heard traces of Camel. The albums Moonmadness (1976) and Rain Dances (1977) must have inspired them particularly.
… As far as I’m concerned he (i.e., Chris Rupert, guitar), doesn’t have to show that he can play as fast as Yngwie Malmsteen that often. There’s no need to impress fans of prog rock with fast playing to let them know that you’re an excellent musician…
Despite the critical remarks I can still recommend this album to those who enjoyed all the aforementioned albums… The five tracks on this debut are rather entertaining and will probably be enjoyed by fans of Camel, Pink Floyd and Genesis.” 4/5 stars – Henri Strik (edited by Peter Willemsen) – Background Magazine – read the full review
Chris Rupert responds to these comments: “I always find it interesting to learn what others hear in our music. My primary influences (at least from the prog world) would be Yes, Rush, ELP and Jethro Tull. These more than anyone else have contributed to my approach to composition. I do have the aforementioned Genesis albums but have only recently added Trespass and Nursery Cryme to my collection (i.e., after the completion of Falling Edge). I’ve never actually heard the 2 Camel albums. As I said, it’s interesting to learn what others hear in us.
A solo is like an unexpected dimension to a song; a mini composition that unravels within it. Sometimes it needs to be slow, other times fast, and, as most of my solos are improvised, the speed is not a premeditated thing. The idea is not to impress anyone with fast playing but to play what feels right for the song, whether it’s long, singing sustained notes or fast 16ths and 32nds. Listeners will hear both on this album.
“If you were not at the JazzBah on Saturday you missed an incredible evening of music! The new CD “Falling Edge” is way beyond Progressive Rock. Congratulations to (the) band for the compositions, arrangements, solos, and lyrics!!!!!” – Roland Webster (via Facebook)
” …“I, Awake” on the other hand is an epic14:20 minute multi-textured piece containing elements of not only Strawbs, but vintage Genesis, ELP, and YES. And is a real highlight of the album… The musicianship is top notch, and guitarist Chris Rupert displays his fret board gymnastics throughout the recording… on the whole this is an exceptional album and well worth adding to your collection… A delight for prog rock fans – and a must have for Strawbs aficionados. ” – Joseph Shingler – ProgNaut.com – read the full review