The evolution of As Paradise Falls has been a dark roller coaster of pure emotion in the pursuit to find where they truly fit in the world as people… and as a band. They never expected anything out of the ordinary, but fate had much more in store for them. After the unexpected passing of their guitarist Glen Barrie in 2015, they managed to claw their way back from immense tragedy and have proven through thick and thin that this band is anything but ordinary…
Hailing from Brisbane, Australian deathcore metal outfit As Paradise Falls burst onto the scene with the release of their EP Save Yourself in 2014. The band quickly made a name for themselves as the EP burst into the #5 position on the iTunes metal chart. The band took Australia by storm on their first national tour, and quickly followed up with a run through New Zealand and additional dates across Australia throughout 2015. In November of that same year while the band was recording their second album with producer Shane Edwards (Northlane, Trophy Eyes, Hellions), guitarist Glen Barrie tragically died in his sleep. After taking some time to grieve the loss of their brother, they regrouped in 2016 and finished the full-length album Digital Ritual and signed a worldwide deal with Eclipse Records in 2017.
When Digital Ritual was released in July of 2017, the album quickly took the metal scene by surprise, receiving overwhelmingly positive critical acclaim from dozens of magazines, blogs and websites. HEAVY gave the album 4/5 stars saying “Digital Ritual stands on its own merit as an excellent addition to metal collections… they are the real deal” , while Metal Hammer called the album “an expansive slam-fest full of giant choruses and circle pit bait” and Hysteria Mag said the band was quickly jostling for Australia’s top deathcore spot and everyone should “get on it”. The band quickly landed their single “Dead Message” a placement on Spotify’s Deathcore playlist, and while accumulating over 325,000 plays they toured across Australia numerous times, and supporting bands such as Miss May I. Things happened fast for the band and they kept busy well into the following year.
In mid-2018, the band dropped off the radar with no explanation though, and fans were wondering what was happening. Behind the scenes, they needed to take a breather from the busy work where they could finally grieve the loss of Glen. Some members felt they should change the band’s name in honor of their fallen brother. Others thought they should part ways altogether and start over. Founding member Daniel Kenneally however thought it would be best to keep the band going, as that was what he felt Glen would have wanted. So, Danny rebuilt the band from the ground up. In 2019, he reunited with the band’s original vocalist Ravi Sherwell, and the two began writing material. After bringing session drummer Mitchell Fogarty to track the drums, they quickly finished some early demos which were sent to their label rep at Eclipse. After some discussions, the band agreed to release two consecutive singles while continuing to work on the next release which would be delivered sometime in 2021.
“Bleed for the Crown” is the first of two singles to be released since the resurrection of the band, and Danny’s reunion with vocalist Ravi. The song is a stark reminder of the emotional ups and downs of this band over the years and tells the story of an exiled king returning to the throne as an analogy of the band’s rebirth and return to the world stage.
Nothing in life is free. As Paradise Falls is living proof that you have got to suffer before you can earn the best in life. “Bleed for the Crown” comes out September 21, 2020 via Eclipse Records.