The Forgotten FallingThe pulse of infinity
Genre Trance Metal Band Created 5/15/2009 Total Sales 370
The Forgotten Falling was originally a side project between Post-Hardcore band Sanguine Symphony and Gothic Metal band Whispers to the Fallen. At first they sounded just like the equation states: Shred guitars and gothic nihilism blends with double-pedal drums and heart wrenching vocals. When Yumishi Rei joined, the sound took on a trance vibe, with some electric beats, and keyboards both ambient and lead, starting their foray into progressive metal. This sound compelled them to the top of the charts, as album after album displayed the band's evolving maturity.
Now, the band's mission is to create an experience through heavy, melodic, innovative metal combined with a strong gothic/cyber visual appearance and art style. Instead of splitting focus between melody and heaviness, the band combines them both into one, cohesive soundscape like no other.
The band was conceived by Fallen Records as a simple idea: Take the two terrific guitarists from Whispers to the Fallen and add them to Sanguine Symphony. The first album had a more post-hardcore sound and was recorded and released to good sales.
After the first two albums, guitarist Virgil Levli left the band to go back to Whispers to the Fallen exclusively. In retaliation, Miyako Rei left Whispers to the Fallen to stay with The Forgotten Falling. This caused a communication issue among the band, since Miyako only knew how to speak Russian and Japanese, and Virgil was the only member that knew Russian, aside from Malcolm Smith who only knew very simple Russian.
A few days later, Miyako's younger sister Yumishi, who spoke fluent English joined the band as a keyboardist. Spurred on by a new sound, the band continued work on their new album.
This album was "This Is Sayonara" which would skyrocket FF into godlike status.
Since then, FF has climbed charts and toured the globe countless times over. Later on Malcolm left Whispers to the Fallen and joined for good as well.
Hayden Frasco has participated in two rock operas: Prime! And Censored For Your Protection (Live), with Miyako Rei as well.
The band wears clothing by Tripp NYC©, Dead Threads©, Punk Rave©, and Lip Service©.
INFLUENCES: Blood Stain Child, Amaranthe, Sybreed, D Creation, ERRA, Disarmonia Mundi, Mors Principium Est, Machinae Supremacy, Xerath, Periphery, Times Of Grace
SOUND: Distorted 7-stringed guitars with technical riffing, heavy drums with pummeling bass, and many industrial/techno effects. Keyboards and pre-programmed sequences are employed. Some techno-only breaks serve as interludes. Occasional poly-rhythmic grooves are utilized. Vocals are varied, ranging from screams, to growls, to melodic singing usually enhanced with echo and occasionally techno-filters. Female backup vocals are ambient and heavily affected. Solos are as technical as one can get without slicing up their fingers. Production is of high quality, yet natural.
LYRICAL THEMES: Controversies such as politics, secularism/religion, and human rights. Romance, anger, revenge, trauma, pain, Cyber-punk fantasy.
Lead Vocals (clean and harsh), Guitar- Hayden Frasco (Sanguine Symphony)
Lead Guitar, female ambient vocals- Miyako Rei (Whispers to the Fallen)
Bass, backup harsh vocals- Malcolm Smith (Whispers to the Fallen)
Drums- Wayne Smith Jr. (Sanguine Symphony)
Keyboards- Yumishi Rei
Brief Member Bios:
Hayden Frasco was born and raised in New Hampshire, and moved to California when he was 15. He was picked on in school, being an introverted, troubled scene kid back then. He attempted suicide once, but luckily survived when Wayne saved him at the last minute. His experience haunts him to this day, but also allowed him to mature. He's the main song writer for both Sanguine Symphony and the Forgotten Falling. Presently, he's making music for the current gothic generation while his previous school tormentors watch him on TV. He frequently loves to state this with a smug pride.
Hair: Dyed black, spiked like Sid Vicious
Build: Lean and fit
Influences: Richard Thomson, Jesse Leach, Adam Dutkiewicz, Shawn Milke, Johan Schuster, Ettore Rigotti
[Gear: Schecter Hellraiser C-7 7-string guitars, one "Black Cherry" finish and one white finish, EMG humbucker pickups; Fender amps.]
Wayne Smith jr. was a tall goth in his school who loves the power that percussion instruments provide. He met Hayden in high school and due to his imposing physique, he served as a sort of guardian against bullies while Hayden wrote songs. He loves drumming and rocking out in general. He wears a cyber gas mask on stage adorned with UV reactive bihoazard symbols and tubing, and spikes.
Hair: Dyed black/blue, long and spiky
Eyes: Red contact lenses (naturally brown)
Build: Tall and muscled
Influences: Martin "Marthus" Skaroupka, Shannon Lucas, GAMI (Blood Stain Child), Troy (Anthelion), Matt Halpern
[Gear: Tama drumkit; Vater sticks; Vic Firth electric drumkit (For recording electronic parts).]
Miyako Rei is the daughter of Japanese parents that emigrated to Russia after WWII as children. Her family's name was Reisukei, but was changed to Resnovich when they moved to Russia. Unable to decide which last name to use, Miyako donned "Rei" as her stage name as a homage to her dual identity. Despite her short stature and quiet personality, she loves to rock out and bang her constantly dyed hair onstage. She picked up the guitar after her parents demanded she learn an instrument. She began listening to Opeth and Children of Bodom on her own and thus her inspiration was born. Her style can be best described as a fiery combo of Alexi Laiho and Paco de Lucia, making her one of the fastest and most precise guitarists in recent history.
Height 5'2" -5'5" (Usually wears heels or platforms)
Hair: Color varies, usually black and long
Influences: Paco De Lucia, Alexi Laiho, Paul Wardingham, Hizaki (Versailles), Misha Mansoor, Jesse Liu, Jonas Kjellgren
[Gear: B.C. Rich Stealth Pro 7-string guitar (Miyako Custom, w/ "Angel" kanji finish); B.C. Rich Draco V guitar "Ghost Flame" finsih; Ibanez Xiphos-7 7-string guitar; EMG pickups; Marshall amps, Fender wah pedals.]
Yumishi Rei is Miyako's little sister. More artsy than aggressive compared to Miyako, she always preferred Mozart over Children of Bodom. After hearing of her sister's band-communication problem, and after perfecting her keyboard skills, she joined FF with zeal. She learned to enjoy hardcore music buy hanging out with the band, and is a bit more talkative than Miyako. When she joined FF, Yumishi Reisukei became Yumishi Rei.
Hair: Black, long or pigtailed
Eyes: Brown (Always rocking her trademark horn-rimmed glasses)
Build: Thin and small
Influences: Heidi Hakoinen, Aki (Blood Stain Child), Code (Anthelion), Zandergriff Miggs
[Gear: 88-key, 500+ patches, Korg keyboard; Ibanez amps]
Malcolm Smith is a British-born Bass player who grew up on iron Miaden, The Sex Pistols, and Motorhead. He entered the "Get stuck with a random band" Program in Leicester, and ended up in Russia with Whispers to the Fallen. He was happy with the decision, and ended up tagging along to FF because Sanguine Symphony's bass player had too much on his hands.
Hair: Long, dark, bearded
Build: Broad, muscled
Influences: Ryo (Blood Stain Child), Toshiya (Dir En Grey), Owain Williams, Tom Murphy
[Gear: Schecter Hellraiser five-string bass; Fender pickups; Line-6 pedals and amps]
-Hayden attempted suicide by hanging at age 16. Wayne saved his life by receiving Hayden's final melodramatic farewell over the phone, running two miles in the California heat to his house, and performing CPR on the unconscious Hayden.
-Miyako and Yumishi's Japanese family surname is Reisukei, but was localized to Resnovich after their parents' immigration to Russia. While living in Russia they lived by Resnovich, and while on family trips and in boarding school in Japan they lived by Reisukei. Both sisters now go by "Rei".
-The band members all have varying views on romantic relationships. Hayden has had numerous relationships that have all ended in tragedy. One of which is rumored to be the inspiration behind the band's album "Silhouettes".
Wayne has been known to spend quite a bit of time with groupies backstage.
It is unconfirmed that Yumishi may be romantically involved with a member of a Japanese metal band, and also unconfirmed that Miyako may be involved with Yoshiro Kakuzawa from label mates Disfigura.
Malcolm has a girlfriend, Heidi, in England.
-Hayden once struggled with an addiction to Coca-Cola, and is an ardent fan of Toyota vehicles. He drives a 1993 Camry SE to this day.
-It is a known fact that Wayne, although an all-around great guy, is a terrible singer. Thus, he's the only member of the band that does not contribute backing vocals.
-Malcolm Smith entered a program in England designed to put bass players with bands. He ended up arriving at the Russian airport to join Whispers to the Fallen the same day Miyako Rei was returning to Russia on a boarding school vacation.
-Hayden has a gray long-haired cat named Smoky. Smoky has appeared in several official band vodcasts and on the cover of John Footrooster and the Blackmail Boys' album "Kitteh".
-Miyako struggles with English, while Yumishi speaks English quite well. Both sisters speak Russian as a natural language, but consider Japanese their first language. When asked about their nationality, the sisters consider themselves to be Japanese, though they often used Russian as a code language to communicate secrets to one another as children while in Japan for school.
-Malcolm Smith and Wayne Smith II, despite having the same surname, are not related.
Albums / EPs
Date Released: 12/8/2009
This is the Forgotten Falling's new single to give fans a taste of some new material. Features Death Face.
Date Released: 8/3/2009
The second LP from The Forgotten Falling. Yep, they're an official band now. This album sounds almost the same as the last one, which shouldn't be that disappointing for fans of the last album.