One of the Fallen are a thrash metal group hailing from Knoxville, Tennessee. Formed in 2003, the founding members were Matthew Newberry, Derek Galyon, and Michael Sykes. The band wasted no time rolling up their collective sleeves, and in just a few short weeks had recorded a demo with five songs. They have gone through some lineup changes over the years and the current lineup is as follows:
Vocals: Derek Galyon – founding member, his demonic growls from the depths of unholy darkness have been infecting the minds of the fans since 2003.
Guitar/Vocals: Matthew Newberry – founding member, he’s also been here for the entire ride since 2003. A diabolical, skull-crushing menace on the six-string, he brings raw brutality to this explosive thrash machine.
Bass: Jerrod Owenby – Killer on the bottom end. Jerrod filled in for the band in 2010, and the guys never let him leave.
Drums: Aaron Love – Absolutely punishing on the skins. He’s been bringing thunder to the band since 2007. He is also the self-proclaimed sexiest member of the band.
The song, “Calling All Freaks” was written and recorded at the band’s very first day of practice and it quickly became a crowd favorite.
“Get ’em up! It’s time for the freak show!”
One Of The Fallen are currently in the studio recording their first EP, to be released in 2012. They describe their interests as, “Blowing things up, breaking stuff, making noise and neck-breaking tunes for the masses!!” They’ve been described by fans and press as:
“A brutal bit of thrash metal!” – Aaron @ amazingradio.uk.com
“You guys are southern groove metal” – fans at shows
“Sounds like dog beating music” – unknown
Whatever you want to call them, they are 100% METAL. Their influences include: Black Sabbath, Type O Negative, Fear Factory, and White/Rob Zombie to name a few. They seem to be on the right track and they put on one HELL of a live show. I got a little more info about the band from guitarist Mathew Newberry:
How did you come up with your name?
I changed the name to One of the Fallen back around the end of the year in 2003. We used to be called Subspecies, but that name had already been taken by a signed band from Cali. The name One of the Fallen comes from my fascination with the lists of angels that were cast from heaven and from the mind of H.P. Lovecraft. So the name One of the Fallen could mean anything from Lucifer to Cthulhu. We let people make that up for themselves.
Can you give me a little detailed info on the history of the band?
We started as a 3-piece back in 2003 with Derek Galyon on bass, Michael Skyes on drums, and me (Matthew Newberry) guitar/vocal. Things didn’t really start taking off, as in playing out live, till 2008 due to work schedules and Michael lived in VA. In 2007, Derek and I hired Aaron Love in as our permanent drummer and Shannon Newberry as a second guitarist. Our first show with that lineup was at the Longbranch Saloon Nov. 2008. After a few lineup changes, we are where we need to be to function as a local metal band. We go through bass players like Spinal Tap did drummers…
Tell me about any albums you’ve released.
We released a 5 song self recorded demo called Subspecies back in late 2003. We currently have a re-recorded version of these, plus some new ones, that we did at Shed 55. Seven song self-titled 2011 demo, all leading up to adding more songs to it, getting our first full length CD out next year. I’m pushing and hoping for an early 2012 release.
Describe your music in your own words.
We are thrash metal based as a band but we throw loops of different kinds of metal in to keep it interesting for us and our fans. We are a thrash/death/groove/sludgecore/punkmetal/hardcore/metal band…and that’s a mouth full.
What’s your favorite song to perform?
My favorites to play are “Where The Memory Lies,” “Age of the Faithless” and “The New God.”
Depends on the area we play; AL loved “Mouth Full of Fist,” FL liked “Dead Like Me,” TN is a tossup between “Calling All Freaks,” “Sacrifice,” “The New God” or “Age of the Faithless.” All of these I’m basing on crowd response.
Do you have any upcoming shows?
Our next two shows coming up are Dec 17, 2011 at the Longbranch Saloon, and Jan 14, 2012 at the Brazelton Lodge. We’ll start booking more after New Years.
Tell me something about each individual band member.
Vocals: Derek is unpredictable, he may stand in one spot at one show and scream his head off or he may be right in your face and all over the stage.
Guitar/Vocals: Me, I’m the stressed out guy at the show that wants everything to sound right and in tune and is ALWAYS pacing the venue.
Drums: Aaron is usually quiet before we play, stays to himself unless a bunch of his homies show up.
Bass: We just got Jerrod back. He helped us out on a couple of shows last year and is back full-time this time around. Everyone has their own mindset they like to get into before a show.
List your main musical influence followed by a few others.
The main influence over on the music is a Black Sabbath, Type O Negative, old school Metallica, Iron Maiden, Kreator, Exodus, Slayer, Misfits vibe. Paradise Lost, White Zombie/Rob Zombie, Fear Factory, Obituary, Death, Lamb of God, Toxic Holocaust, Wednesday 13, etc…a lot of influence from everywhere. I could go on and on.
Knoxville has some really great metal bands and some really horrible ones as well. The whole rock star attitude that has spread like a virus through K-town has killed the metal scene. You about have to know someone to get a show in Knoxville or jump on one with a friend’s band if you’re lucky. We’re local metal bands and we should work together but it will never happen in the so called “scene” that is there. Playing a place like the Valarium does not mean you’re a better band than whoever is playing the Pilot Light or the Longbranch. So yeah… the scene is BAD!
What’s your funniest/craziest experience on stage?
One of the funniest was watching a one year old kid headbang in the crowd during our set at an all age venue in Virginia, and a 12-year-old girl out-moshing the guys at the same show. We gave her a free shirt for that. The craziest would be anytime alcohol is involved in a free bar tab before go time…its makes that certain show very interesting.
Tell me about the song “Calling All Freaks”:
“Calling All Freaks” was the first song we wrote as a band back in 2003. We wanted a Rob Zombie-ish feeling tune that everyone could sing to and would instantly remember the words. It was the forefront for what we wanted to do with the sound of OotF at the time. The song is about going to a metal show and throwing down, be it in a circle pit or just headbanging till your neck is sore. Whichever is your mindset. When I was growing up all the metalheads in high school were freaks or outcasts for liking this type of music or dressing a certain way. This is a metal tune for all our metal brothers and sisters whom aren’t afraid to pump a fist in the air or play some metal air guitar.
What are your goals/aspirations for the band?
Our goals are to get our first full length CD out soon and set up and play as many shows as possible. Our new songs are getting more technical and that’s always great. We got some amazing tunes on the way, or at least we think they are, and it’s left to the fans and all our metal brethren to decide. Now to get signed, quit all our day jobs, rule the underworld and all we survey!!! That is without going on American Idol or selling out and becoming a crappy pop -punk band. KEEP IT METAL!!!