ANYTHING BUT ANOTHER FALL FROM GRACE AS THE MISSION RETURN IN CLASSIC STYLE
Release Date: Friday 30th September 2016
(Eyes Wide Shut)
"For me, this new album is the long lost missing link between the Sisters Of Mercy's 'First & Last & Always' and The Mission's 'God's Own Medicine', both albums of course that I was heavily involved in making," says The Mission supremo, Wayne Hussey, before adding that his intention during the making of 'Another Fall From Grace' was to produce an album that sounds like 1985 – just before Sisters Of Mercy imploded and Hussey formed The Mission.
Brave words indeed from the ever straight-talking Hussey, but does the album fulfil his expectations? Well, in some ways yes, it does sound like it's crashed through a hole in time from 1985, but in simpler terms what he's created is a masterful album that surely places Hussey at the top of his song-writing form, somewhere that, arguably, he's not been in for some time.
Title track 'Another Fall From Grace' is a slow and measured start with Hussey's vocal performance outstanding from start to finish. The atmosphere throughout the track is tangible and the echo added to the finale definitely adds a bit of extra texture to the number. The first single released was 'Met-Amor-Phosis' which, incidentally, features backing vocals by HIM frontman Ville Valo and is one of the more upbeat tracks but that's in sharp contrast to the relatively downbeat vocals but damn, that's one catchy chorus right there! Guitarist Simon Hinkler gets his moment in the spotlight towards the end in what is another stunning finale.
'Blood On The Road' is the most straight ahead rock song of the album and a real favourite of mine from the first listen. It's got the classic anthemic swagger the band are known for and despite being played on repeat here at MetalTalk Towers, I've not tired of it yet. The flip side to this is 'Valaam' (which in reality is an archipelago in the northern portion of Lake Ladoga, lying within the Republic of Karelia, a part of the Russian Federation) and it's simplicity is the key here. It's a spoken vocal performance for a change but offers something different, which is never a bad thing, right?
'Can't See The Ocean For The Rain' is another great track with Hussey at his lyrical best here, name-checking John Steinbeck, The Tories, Los Angeles and Monterey in a twisted tangle of consciousness. It's almost an acoustic number at times but it still bounds along at a fair pace and shows a somewhat lighter side to the band and proves that there's much more to them than their Gothic Rock reputation may suggest.
'Never's Longer Than Forever' isn't just an inspired name for a song, it's also another standout track here. The simpler sounding track has the drums coming to the fore here in one of the most commercial sounding tracks of the album. Hussey gives a great performance once again and the backing vocals (courtesy of Julianne Regan from All About Eve and Evi Vine) have an almost orchestral feel to them. It maintains its steady pace throughout and never quite makes it the overblown power ballad that it could have easily been turned into.
'Jade' creeps up towards the end of the album with its long instrumental intro which had an urgency when the vocals come in. It feels like it keeps building up but when it dies it retains a simplicity whilst becoming a heartfelt song.
To me, it's 'Tyranny Of Secrets' and 'Only You & You Alone' that sound like classic Mission from yesteryear more than anything but this album is actually less about living in the past and more about Hussey rejuvenating the band once again, and giving their hordes of fans some new material to be added into their live setlists after a gap of three years that seems distinctly longer.
'Another Fall From Grace' will be available on CD, download and 180 gram vinyl plus limited edition Deluxe double CD and DVD.
The Deluxe CD/DVD version contains the full album on CD, as well as an instrumental version of the album and also included is a bonus remix of 'Met-Amor-Phosis'. The ninety-three minute DVD features never before seen footage of The Mission performing at Elland Road, Leeds supporting U2 in 1987 and at Aston Villa Leisure Centre (as The Metal Gurus) and The Royal Court in Liverpool for the Hillsborough benefit gig, both from 1989.
You can see The Mission live here:
Saturday 1st October – Academy, Dublin
Sunday 2nd October – The Limelight, Belfast
Monday 3rd October – O2 ABC, Glasgow (w/ Peter Murphy)
Wednesday 5th October – O2 Ritz, Manchester (w/ Peter Murphy)
Thursday 6th October – Rock City, Nottingham (w/ Peter Murphy)
Friday 7th October – O2 Academy, Bristol (w/ Peter Murphy)
Saturday 8th October – O2 Shepherds Bush Empire, London (w/ Peter Murphy + The Awakening)
Thursday 3rd November – O2 Academy, Leeds (w/ The 69 Eyes)
Friday 4th November – O2 Forum Kentish Town, London (w/ The 69 Eyes)
Saturday 5th November – Whitby Goth Weekend, Whitby
Sunday 6th November – O2 Institute, Birmingham (w/ The 69 Eyes)
'Another Fall From Grace' Tracklisting:
Another Fall From Grace
Within The Deepest Darkness (Fearful)
Blood On The Road
Can't See The Ocean For The Rain
Tyranny Of Secrets
Never's Longer Than Forever
Bullets & Bayonets
Only You & You Alone
The Mission are:
Wayne Hussey – Vocals/Guitar
Simon Hinkler – Guitar
Craig Adams – Bass Guitar
Mike Kelly – Drums