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Red Tree

by Fall of Echoes

impressive modern prog with strong melodic vocals and technically explosive music...
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Groaning
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2. Mr. Orion
7:37 $0.99
3. Darkness Inside
4:04 $0.99
4. 9th Floor
5:40 $0.99
5. Little Girl Lost
5:04 $0.99
6. Red Tree (intro)
1:09 $0.99
7. Red Tree
6:08 $0.99
8. Land Of No Choices
4:18 $0.99
9. Y.F.M.O
4:47 $0.99
10. Behind My Closed Eyes
5:17 $0.99
11. She Fits Well
3:11 $0.99
12. While I'm Alive
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Album Notes
The 2006 Fall Of Echoes debut album " Red Tree " is now officially released!

This special collaborative project features members from Visual Cliff & Orphan Project. Tony Correlli (former Orphan Project member) added his keyboard/synth talents to the music as well and produced Shane's vocal tracks.

Bio's from Fall of Echoes' members:

SHANE LANKFORD: Vocalist/Lyricist
Shane Lankford has been rocking the ‘biz’ since 1989, fronting bands along the way such as Azlan, Hero, and About A Day.After a four-year hiatus from the scene, Shane developed the concept for Orphan Project in 2002, and has been blending a unique sound of inspiration and heavy symphonic rock ever since. Orphan Project has opened for veteran progressive rockers Spock’s Beard, and their debut release entitled ‘Orphan Found’ has been showered with praise throughout the entire progressive rock scene (visit www.orphanfound.com for more info).

In 2005, Shane teamed up with guitarist Rob Perez of Visual Cliff. Despite the four-hour distance that separated them (with Shane in Maryland and Rob in Pennsylvania), they forged a special bond that resulted in Lankford’s inspired vocal contributions to three tracks for the group’s latest release ‘Freedom Within’ (visit www.visualcliff.net for more info).

It was during that time that Shane and Rob discussed fusing their respective sounds together into a full-length album. The result of this collaboration, Fall Of Echoes, and their debut release ‘Red Tree,’ combines Rob’s hallmark edgy progressive rock sound with Shane’s soaring vocal melodies and deep, insightful lyrics.

On a personal note: Shane has an awesome marriage to his wife Wendy, he has two great dogs Wallace and Maxie, and he loves his Baltimore Ravens, as well as everyone at NCPC! He has been inspired musically by great vocalists such as Greg X. Volz, Bono, Steve Perry, Jorn Lande, and Darryl Hall, as well as many others from the ‘70s through the present. He gets all his strength and love of life from his Heavenly Father through His Son Jesus Christ!


ROB PEREZ: Rhythm Guitarist/Recording Engineer
Rob Perez started playing the guitar at the age of nine, and performed in various bands throughout his early years. After two years of college, he moved to New York City to play the circuit, gigging regularly in three different bands. Perez played bass in a cover band, and drums in a half cover/half original project. He played guitar in his own original project, opening up for national acts such as Ozzy Osbourne, White Lion, and Living Color. A few years later, he returned to his hometown of Pittsburgh,PA, to finish school and pursue a business career.

In 1993, Rob married the love of his life, Kimberly.

He reconnected himself with some old friends in 1999 to start writing and recording music again. This ultimately led to the formation of Visual Cliff , which has since put out four critically-acclaimed releases (visit www.visualcliff.net for more information).

Fall Of Echoes came about as a result of Rob’s collaboration with Orphan Project vocalist Shane Lankford, who contributed vocals to three tracks on the latest Visual Cliff release entitled ‘Freedom Within.' With Visual Cliff being a primarily instrumental project, the debut Fall Of Echoes album ‘Red Tree’ has allowed Perez to focus fully on writing music to showcase the amazing vocal abilities of Lankford. Rob is the main writer for the band. A talented lead guitarist in his own right (check out Visual Cliff ), Rob decided to funnel his attention in Fall Of Echoes toward the role of writer/rhythm guitarist, making way for the lead guitar work of critically-acclaimed guitarist Rick Mals .

Musical Influences:
Alex Lifeson, Jimmy Page, Edward Van Halen, Ty Tabor, Steve Morse, Eric Johnson, Joe Satriani

All-Time Favorite Bands:
Led Zeppelin, The Beatles, Kansas, Rush, ELP, The Who, Pink Floyd, Deep Purple, Chicago Transit Authority, Cream, Van Halen, Yes, Fates Warning, Queensryche

Recent Favorite Bands:
King's X, Alice In Chains, Stone Temple Pilots, Dream Theater, Porcupine Tree, Spock's Beard, Neal Morse, The Flower Kings, Moke, Ours, OSI, Transatlantic, The Tangent, Indukti, Circus Maximus

Biking, Weight Lifting

Favorite Bible verse:
Proverbs 3:5-6


RICK MALS: Lead Guitarist/Drum Composer
Rick Mals began his musical journey when he received his first guitar at age twelve. Two years later, his passion grew strong and his quest for knowledge became a mission, ultimately leading this primarily self-taught musician to Berklee College of Music in Boston, MA. After a brief stay, Rick returned to the Pittsburgh, PA, area and resumed his now 20-year career as a well-respected music instructor, teaching both privately and as a faculty-member at Waynesburg College . His instrumental guitar release 'Rhythm Museum'(visit www.trinityrecords.net for more info) garnered him accolades in every guitar publication back in the mid-90's, and it's recent re-release has shown it to stand the test of time, with continued sales and recognition. Rick's solo trio has opened for renowned national acts such as Steve Vai, the Steve Morse Band, Jeff Healey, and even shared the bill with Steely Dan as a member of Pittsburgh jazz/rock trio electric eel service. He has perfomred in numerous projects over the past 28 years.

When Mals returned from Berklee in 1987, he found two of his close friends recording in the studio with a guitarist name Rob Perez. This project became the very first incarnation of Visual Cliff . Rick was hired to create transcriptions of the music that was recorded, and soon after, Rob relocated to New York City. Twelve years later, Perez returned home and reconnected with Mals to resurrect Visual Cliff in 1999. Rick went on to compose all of the drum and bass parts for the group's four acclaimed releases (see www.visualcliff.net for more info). Fall Of Echoes sees Rick involved in similar capacities as his roles in Visual Cliff, in addition to lead guitar work and occasional co-writing.

Recommended listening:
The Beatles; Wayne Krantz; Stone Temple Pilots; DJ Shadow; mid ‘70’s Jethro Tull; Beethoven (piano sonatas, string quartets); King’s X; Vijay Iyer; Luke Vibert; late 70’s Rush; Frank Zappa; Sufjan Stevens; the symphonies of Eduard Tubin (5,6,7), Robert Simpson (5,9), Malcolm Arnold (any), and Beethoven (4,7); Squarepusher; Jeff Buckley; Mike Keneally; Ben Monder; Steve Coleman and Five Elements; etc…

Recommended Reading:
Proverbs 16:3

BILL YOST: Bass Guitar
Bill Yost has been playing bass in various Christian rock bands since the age of fourteen. His most recent efforts have been performing with Baltimore’s very own Orphan Project (visit www.orphanfound.com for more info), a group that also features Fall Of Echoes vocalist Shane Lankford.Yost has also put his skills as both a vocalist and guitarist to great use for the past two years as a worship leader in Maryland. Stay tuned for info on Bill’s upcoming solo project, featuring his work as a lead vocalist, as well as showcasing his abilities on guitar, bass guitar, and background vocals.

Bill is married and is the father of 6!

Bill’s musical influences include Dokken, Dream Theater, and Thrice. Bass influences include Billy Sheehan and Duff McKeagan. George Lynch, John Petrucci and Lincoln Brewster are among his favorite guitarists.Favorite vocalist?Tony Harnell…

The Bill Yost ‘Quote of the Day’: “It’s my feeling that the Fall Of Echoes ‘Red Tree’ cd will prove to be an awesome project which will stand up well against today’s bland, empty musical offerings…”

If your so inclined to want to help spread the word about our debut album or if you just want to shoot the breeze with the band or other FOE fans!

Go here to check out the band forum!

All of our offical " Echoes " will be privy to special offers and all kinds of neat shtuff. Let us know on the forum if you want to be an official Echoing Street Teamer!

If you like this music you need to checkout the other Trinity Records artists!




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Ryan Hamilton

wonderful singer.
I happen to come accross Fall of Echos on accident. I really like the singing, good harmonys as well as execution. If you have ever heard of a Swedish artist named Dan Swano who plays in his own progressive hard rack band called "Nightingale" well...this will totally relate to you. Their voices are ver very simular, infact on many parts of the songs its exact. But overall I like this album and the reason I did not give it five stars is because it falls shy of great production and not as many dreamy sounding keyboards I usually like in progressive rock. I do recommend this CD for anyone looking to hear solid good melodic progressive hard rock with a really good singer.

Progressive Rock & Progressive Metal - E - Zine

The band shows yet good hability to do some sweet ballads
Shake Lankford (vocals), Rob Perez (guitars), Rick Mals (drums/guitars) and Bill Yost (bass) are known musicians in USA, having played in several bands before joining forces for this interesting project. Fall Of Echoes is a different band than what we can see in the usual Demo CD reviews, because it has a mind in the 70’s and the hands in the 90’s. Did you understand me? The guys play the most 70’s rock with the 90’s technology, what is a good thing. “Groaning” is totally "Sabbath" -focused (Shake’s vocals remember a lot "Ozzy"), and “Mr. Orion” seems to be recorded by "Led Zeppelin". “Darkness Inside” has an 90’s metal approach, like "Black Sabbath" meets "Korn", if you can believe something like that. The band shows yet good hability to do some sweet ballads like “Little Girl Lost”, while “Red Tree” has a little grunge-approach. I can say I liked a lot this Demo CD because it’s a box full of surprises, but you can see that there’s a special line that conducts all the process, even in more modern rock tracks like “YFMO”, some heavy metal moments like “Behind My Closed Eyes”, and a little of "Alice In Chains" in “While I’m Alive”. I don’t have doubts: this band must record a full-lenght, because they have the hability of working with lots of music, and make it on their own. Good Luck boys!...


far from mainstream...in a good way
If your looking for something different, but instead of being confused about it, your actually encouraged by it, than get this CD. The message in christian music should be forefront, and these guys understand that. Shane has a great voice and the music accopany's it seamlessly. Good Job Guy's and God bless.

Elias / Sea of Tranquility

the best "non-mainstream mainstream" rock album of this year!
"Empty are the ones I see

In many ways they're just like me"

— "9th Floor"

Looks like Red Tree is poised to be this year's sleeper; as with "Sacred" and two songs featuring Orphan Project vocalist Shane Lankford on the normally instrumental Visual Cliff's last release, the twelve ballsy numbers here reflect an aggressiveness tempered with experience hinged on faith — and they certainly don't lack for hooks and melodies. An official new band, Fall Of Echoes takes the "2 & 2" approach: two players from Visual Cliff — guitarist Rob Pérez and V-drummer/guitarist Rick Mals — and two from Orphan Project —Lankford and bassist Bill Yost — with keyboards by third Orphan Tony Correlli. Pérez and Correlli split up the recording and mixing duties at their respective studios in Pennsylvania and Maryland; the merged tracks gel into a dozen lively organic songs that comprise, if you will, the best "non-mainstream mainstream" rock album that will appear this year. (Mals' V-drum samples do a better job of emulating a power kit here than with Visual Cliff!)

While piano, analog synth and gritty organ do surface, that's no excuse to raise the "prog" banner. Red Tree is an intense, at times heavy, at times reflective, melodic hard rock album. The most noticeable element of the production is Lankford's voice, which has finally been pinpointed, as odd as it may seem, as a cross between Scott Stapp (refrain from laughter) and an accentless Peter Murphy. Lankford's is the voice more versatile than either of those, not being limited to one octave. In fact, his vocal textures quite easily cut through the mix on those songs dominated by crunchy distorted guitars and thumping drums, e.g. "Groaning," the title track, "Land Of No Choices" and "While I'm Alive." The instrumental work on "Groaning" is deft but the vocal performance is actually the most successful component. Speaking of crunch, there are air guitar worthy-moments on Red Tree, notably "Groaning" and "Darkness Inside" (but get some time in for "Mr. Orion"). The rhythmic buzzsawing is provided by Pérez while Mals executes leads and solos (like the aforementioned "Mr. Orion"). Thematically only the title track may be construed as somewhat "preachy" in that its metaphor is an overt one. Lyrics were not printed, and should have been, as lyrically the concepts tend to pique if not provoke (for a general overview, please refer to this interview with Lankford and Pérez). With a direction firmly cemented, the music is not devoid of surprises: the opening of "Behind My Closed Eyes" consists of vocoder, analog synth and suspended guitar chords that evoke Gamma. The final tune, "While I'm Alive," is an optimistic anthem with organ, piano, and a catchy rhythmic phrase by Pérez that closes the album on a strong note. Either that, "Groaning," or "Mr. Orion" would rotate splendidly on an FM-rock format. Lankford's voice should appeal to a broad range of listeners young and old.

Fall Of Echoes will release a follow-up in 2007, and it's bound to be even more diverse as the quartet-and-sort-of-quintet has expanded to a full sextet with the addition of a dedicated drummer and fulltime keyboardist. Till then!

Jon Tate

Best Christian Band going!
A lot of my friends and I we were talking one day about how all the Christian rock bands of today sound all the same and that there is nothing new and exciting coming out. Well that all changed when I was listening to an internet radio station and on came "Groaning"! THANK YOU for putting out a really great CD! I love it and I have since turned on a lot of people to it and they all agree you guys got something special thats missing out there right now in the C-rock genre. Also I disagree with the review just below this one...the production sound is massive! The louder you play this disc the better it sounds and the singer you mentioned (I went and listened to him) couldnt hold a candle to Shane! Sorry!

Rock On FOE!!!!!


after some five listens you start to realize the greatness of the music and you
...if you are in for a musical journey nothing like much of what you usually hear, you should grab "Fall of Echoes" without hesitating much, because I truly believe this is pure class.

Thomas Johns / The Refinery Rock.com

This album is a true classical masterpiece and will set the standard for modern
Fall of Echoes is a progressive rock band made up of vocalist Shane Lankford and bassist Bill Yost of Orphan Project and Rob Perez and Rick Mals of Visual Cliff. Their debut album, Red Tree, is truly a prog/rock lovers delight. Being a progressive rock and metal freak, I am totally excited about this album. Orphan Project and Visual Cliff are 2 of my favorite bands so this is an honor. As soon as I got the cd, I loaded it into my iPod and have been listening to it for several weeks now. This album is full of various musical flavors and is very complex. Though there are a couple of guitar virtuosos in this band, they stay away from the total shred. Now don't get me wrong, the musicianship in this album is superb, but with Shane's vocals, this is the total package! The production is definitely top notch. This album is a true classical masterpiece and will set the standard for modern prog/rock. I think the only downside is that the album's complexity and diversity may make it hard for the average rocker to get into. The upside, prog/rockers will have a new favorite album. I highly recommend it.

Andrew Rockwell / Angelic Warlord.com

Red Tree comes with a strong recommendation to fans of not only Orphan Project a
Fall Of Echoes represents a collaboration between Orphan Project lead vocalist Shane Lankford and Visual Cliff guitarist Rob Perez. Initially working together for the first time in 2005 when Lankford contributed the vocal tracks to three songs on the most recent Visual Cliff release Freedom Within, the two formed a bond and soon began talking about the possibility of joining their talents and creating a full length album. The end result of their efforts is Fall Of Echoes and its very fine 2006 debut Red Tree.

What Fall Of Echoes delivers is a straightforward hard rock sound in which the progressive and symphonic leanings of Orphan Project are merged with the best fusion elements of Visual Cliff. While the band is at its best on guitar driven tracks such as “Groaning” and “Land Of No Choices”, I find the more acoustic laced sounds of “9th Floor” and “Red Tree” to hold up equally well. Some of the albums finest moments, however, take place on progressive influenced numbers like “Mr. Orion” – with its extended jam sessions – and the creative time changes characteristic to “Darkness Inside” and “Beyond My Closed Eyes”. In the end, Red Tree comes with a strong recommendation to fans of not only Orphan Project and Visual Cliff, but to those who are into Shadow Gallery, King’s X, Mike Florio and Neal Morse as well.

Lankford’s rich and warm sounding vocal style helps to give the band its signature sound, his impassioned delivery helping to put “9th Floor”, “Beyond My Closed Eyes” and other standout tracks over the top. I can honestly say that he is one of my favorite vocalists to his the scene in recent years. Rob Perez proves a virtuoso on guitar, contributing the albums air tight work on rhythm guitar in addition to playing a major role in its songwriting. Rick Mals, also of Visual Cliff, was brought in on drums and lead guitar, adorning “Land Of No Choices” with his searing leads while cutting loose in bluesy fashion on “Beyond My Closed Eyes”. Orphan Project bassist Bill Yost was brought in to help anchor the albums low end.

Production values are excellent in showcasing a sound that is full and textured while allowing all the instrumentation to rise above the mix.
-cont'd on website (Reviews each song on cd)!

Dazed @ GuitaristWorks.com

When you have this kind of a lineup you expect great things
POSTED BY: admin POSTED ON: 10/16/06 18:58:44
I was given the pleasure of reviewing the new CD by Fall of Echoes entitled Red Tree. Fall of Echoes consists of Shane Lankford on Vocals, Rick Mals on Drums and Lead Guitar, Bill Yost on Bass and Rob Perez (aka Robbue from GuitaristWorks) on Rhythm Guitars.

When you have this kind of a lineup you expect great things and this cd does not disappoint. Shane's vocals are some of the best I have heard in a long, long time. It is refreshing to hear a voice like this. When I see these "reality" shows with supposedly the best "vocal talent around today" you realize they spent too many nights in karaoke bars instead of looking for true talent. Add Shane's vocal ability with the likes of Rob, Rick and Bill and you have talent that puts most bands today to shame.

The opening track Groaning takes you to a nice heavy tone from Rob and Rick. Nice deep tones with some stellar guitar riffs along the way. There is also a nice mellow change up in this song before it kicks back into some nice distortion. One of my favorite tracks on the disc.

The second track Mr Orion features some excellent vocals but what really grabbed in this track was the melodic solos by Rick.

Darkness Inside is another edgy guitar track. Again with those wonderful deep guitar tones. Shane again stands out on this one but he does with most tracks.

9th Floor is a great lighter side of Fall of Echoes. From the acoustic introduction to the strings and piano this is just a clasic song.

Little Girl Lost is another one of my favorites on this CD. Excellent guitar work and stunning vocals. The chorus really stands out and is just a great hook.

The opening guitar on Red Tree will make any guitarist stand up and take notice. This is another vocal standout by Shane. Excellent lyrics and a very solid bass performance by Bill. Rob tosses in a great rhythm performance on this track as well. It drives this song so well.

Land of No Choices is another "grab you from the beginning" song. The guitar work on here with Shane's vocals are just amazing. I am not a big fan of the "bad telephone" vocal effect on here but it works in this song.

You Freak Me Out is a high energy rocking track with political overtunes. This is just a solid piece of musicianship from everyone and just kicks. Another awesome guitar solo as well.

There are three additional tracks on here, Behind Closed Eyes, She Fits Well and While I'm Alive that continue to showcase the talent in this band especially While I'm Alive. This song has a great hook that will leave you wanting to listen a few times. There is a lot of commercial appeal on this cd and I would expect it to receive a lot of air play.

Give this CD a listen, trust me. You can pick up this cd HERE.



Way better than I thought it would be
Get this one. If you don\'t like mainstream but love metal and prog then this is definitely one for you. The best part - they\'re Christians. Does anyone else pick up a little \"Alice In Chains\" sound in these guys...or is it just me?