The oldest traces of the CRIMSON FALLS date back to spring 2002, when the band was originally formed by Kristof Damen (guitar), Ringo Van Dingenen (guitar) and Sigi Loots (drum). This line-up composed the first CF-songs while looking for a suitable singer and bass player to make the band complete. In October 2002 both were found in Filip Van Damme (vocals) and Maarten Van Houdt (bass). The first shows were played in April/May 2003. After these shows it became clear that not everyone in the band had the same view on the musical direction. Vocalist Filip didn’t feel comfortable with the style of music the rest of the band was heading for, so both sides agreed that going their own ways was the best option to take. After this, CRIMSON FALLS kept on rehearsing and writing new songs as a foursome. After 8 long months, a new singer was found in former Legion- & current Blood Redemption-singer Wim Jacobs in spring 2004.
The new line-up started playing shows in August 2004; building up a solid live reputation. Meanwhile CRIMSON FALLS got ready for the recordings of their first release. In May 2005 the debut mcd ‘Ruins 2K5’ saw the light of day. ‘Ruins 2K5’ contained five songs in which the band blended metalcore and melodic Swedish death metal. CRIMSON FALLS recorded this album at Waves Studio. The artwork is designed by Dirge Design. This first effort put the band on the map in the metal & hardcore scene and got praised by an impressive series of national and international reviews. More shows followed in support of the album.
In 2006 CRIMSON FALLS was faced with new line-up troubles with the departure of bass player Maarten Van Houdt. This didn’t stop the band from taking the next step in their evolution with the recordings of their first full-length label release. In December 2006 ‘The True Face Of Human Nature’ came out on Shiver Records. The album, recorded, mixed and mastered at CCR studio (Aborted, In-Quest, Betzefer, Liar, Lengtche..), brings you 45 minutes of modern & hard-hitting deathMETALcore. ‘The True Face Of Human Nature’ features guest appearances by Svencho (Aborted) on ‘Controle Alt Delete’ and XCaroX (No Recess) on ‘Martyr Vs. Terrorist.’ The artwork is conceived by Avernus Studios, a new design agency born out of the ashes of Dirge Design (Immolation, The Amenta, In-Quest..). An extensive booklet is added to this album with liner notes commenting every song, giving a deeper insight on the lyrical content. Bass on these recordings was played by Sven ‘The Bassturbator’ Janssens (Aborted, The End Of All Reason). For the live shows Kristof Taveirne (Spoil Engine, Regression) filled in the empty spot on stage. A permanent replacement was found in September 2006 when Tom Trancez (I Witness, Serial Butcher) joined CRIMSON FALLS. After the release of the ‘The True Face Of Human Nature’, CRIMSON FALLS concentrated on promoting the new album, playing numerous shows in Europe, with a performance at Graspop Metal Meeting 2007 as the absolute highlight.
CRIMSON FALLS recorded its second full length in September/October 2008 at CCR studio and was mixed and mastered there as well in November/December 2008. ‘Fragments Of Awareness’ got released by Genet Records in April 2009. The new album shows a more mature and evolved CRIMSON FALLS, pushing their mix of ingredients to the extreme. This one is harder, more varied a hard-hitting then ever before. The album features guest vocals from Bart (Rafflesia) at ‘The Suicide Circle’, while members of When Blood Burns, It Breeds No More, Rafflesia and Crimson Falls team up for some gang vocals on ‘With All Due Respect’ & ‘Regenesis’. After this release the band shared the stage with scene leaders The Black Dahlia Murder, All Shall Perish, White Chapel, Origin & Despised Icon. Their appearance at Ieperfest 2009 was the start of CRIMSON FALLS’ first European Tour which brought the band toGermany,France,Spain,Italy,CzechRepublic, Austria & Holland.
After this tour the band decide to go further without guitar player Ringo as his personal life made it impossible for him to invest the necessary time and effort in the band any longer. A few weeks later drummer Sigi decided to quit the band as he lost the motivation to go on. Jeroen Foré (Strich.Nine, ex-Catafalque) was enrolled as the new guitar player, while Friso Van Wijck (ex-Polluted Inheritance) stepped in as a temporary replacement on the drums, making sure no shows had to be cancelled and giving the band the time to search for a new permanent replacement. After a long but profound search, Michael Stevenick was welcomed as the new drummer in May 2010. With Michael the band continued playing shows in support of the re-release of ‘Fragments Of Awareness’ on UK-based Rising Records (Trigger The Bloodshed, Bleed From Within…) in May 2011. A second European Tour brought the band toLuxembourg,Czech Republic,Slovakia,Romania,Austria &Germany; next to several shows & weekend-tours inBelgium, Holland & Denmark. Unfortunately; when it was time to start writing new material for a following release; new line-up problems saw the light of day and slowed the writing process down. Newcomer Mitch left the band at the end of 2012, after being in the band for 1,5 year.
CRIMSON FALLS has never been a band of quitters so immediately the band started a new search for a new drummer while plans for a new album were made. Sworn Persistence ‘till the end. In march 2012 former Leptotrichia/Apocryph/Naskar drummer Youri Seynhaeve was enrolled as the new drumming machine. The definite start for the new CRIMSON FALLS; eager for more shows, more tours; but first of all a new release! At this point; September 2012, CRIMSON FALLS is in the middle of the writing process for the new full cd; while playing a few try-out shows throughout the country. Recordings are scheduled for February 2013; the release a few months later. So stay tuned; now more then ever!
CRIMSON FALLS blends a wide range of influences into an intense, passionate and crushing unity of death metal & metalcore. Expect fast and aggressive riffs, brutal mosh breakdowns, blistering blasts, complex rhythms and melancholic melodies. Influences include All Shall Perish, Whitechapel, Aborted, The Faceless, Lamb Of God, The Black Dahlia Murder, Winds Of Plague, Gojira, Heaven Shall Burn, Behemoth, At The Gates, Meshuggah, Nevermore, Emmure & Despised Icon, to name just a few.
CRIMSON FALLS proclaims a positive message of freedom, self-confidence and following your dreams, while other songs put the finger on the pulse of our modern society and it’s excesses. A variety of topics is brought up, going from a personal outlet of emotions (‘When The Blood Becomes Adrenaline’, ‘Poetry For The Scum’, ‘Solace’, ‘With All Due Respect’), over topical social issues (Book Of Memories’, ‘Controle Alt Delete’, ‘Martyr Vs. Terrorist’, ‘Forsaken’, ‘Omen Of Catastrophe’…) to the expression of a positive attitude in life (‘The Crimson Eyed’, ‘Erase All Fear’, ‘Four Slaves, Four Struggles.’, ‘Sworn Persistence’, ‘Regenesis’…). This band is for the moshers as well as the headbangers, the metalheads ànd the hardcore kids. No limits, no boundaries.