Farewell To Words is an eclectic metalcore and crossover band out of Berlin, the capital of Germany. The group was formed at the beginning of 2005 and released a demo called An Offer You Can’t Refuse. The group featured a singer called Monique at this time. Signing to a deal in 2006, the band issued an EP through Bastardized Recordings in January of 2007, but soon thereafter lost its female singer Jessi. A replacement was found by the name of Zarin Katharina. The group previously had lost drummer Mario and replaced him with Despise Another Life’s Leroy. The band had lost guitarist Simon in the summer of 2006 and had replaced him with Claus.
FAREWELL TO WORDS – TEAR DOWN THIS WALL – BASTARDIZED
Metalcore… to the ten percent of readers who did not drop off Tear Down This Wall is actually a decent band. The band’s cover art, photo and titles smack, smell, reek and everything else metalcore and crossover, but the young German six (of course in ironed black t-shirts and hands in the pockets) have a few heavy riffs and several appealing moments on this five-song EP. The disc is officially a mini-album, but is almost as long as a full-length since the last song, The Empty Stare, is over nine minutes long.
The band with the almost perfect name has more vocal styles and overdubs than one can count. Consequently, the group comes across as a mix of Kittie, The Black Dahlia Murder and Evanescence. The female vocals are powerless, although the band has changed its female singer recently. The music is an ever-swirling melee of core going from primal and brutal on Allurement Of The Void to melodic on In Front Of Your Hope to partly subdued and doomy on The Empty Stare. The last track sounds like a dystopian version of Tool at the beginning.
This type of music is hardly fashionable, yet for fans that care little for trends and still crave the breakdowns. Loops and head charges Farewell To Words is a really good choice. – Anna Tergel