Comes with the Fall

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Comes with the Fall
William DuVall - Alice in Chains - Roskilde Festival 2010.jpg
Background information
OriginAtlanta, Georgia, US
GenresHeavy metal, hard rock
Years active1999–2008 (on hiatus)
Associated actsAlice in Chains, Jerry Cantrell, Madfly, MonstrO, Neon Christ, No Walls, The Young Royals
MembersWilliam DuVall
Adam Stanger
Bevan Davies
Past membersNico Constantine

Comes with the Fall is an American rock band from Atlanta, Georgia, formed in 1999.[1] Since 2001, the line-up has been composed of William DuVall (lead vocals, guitar), Adam Stanger (bass) and Bevan Davies (drums, percussion).[1] Nico Constantine was the band's second guitarist before departing in 2001.[1] They served as Jerry Cantrell's backing band in support of his solo album, Degradation Trip, in 2002[1] while DuVall joined Alice in Chains as lead singer during the band's reunion concerts in 2006, becoming an official member by 2008.[1]

To date, Comes with the Fall have released three studio albums – Comes with the Fall (2000); The Year is One (2001) and Beyond the Last Light (2007), one extended play – The Reckoning (2006) and one live album – Live 2002 (2002).


Early years, Formation and Comes with the Fall (1996–2000)[edit]

In 1996, William DuVall formed the "over-the-top glam-pop" band Madfly,[2] in Atlanta, Georgia, with guitarist Nico Constantine, bassist Jeffery Blount and drummer Bevan Davies. After releasing two albums, Get the Silver and White Hot in the Black,[1] the band became Comes with the Fall[2] in 1999[1] with Adam Stanger replacing Jeffery Blount on bass.[1] DuVall described the band's sound as "Jeff Buckley being molested by Black Sabbath".[3] The band name derives from the film Rosemary's Baby: Rosemary comes up with the words while trying to figure out an anagram (involving her mysterious neighbors who turn out to be Satanists) using Scrabble pieces.

The group recorded their self-titled album in Atlanta,[4] a year later, before relocating to Los Angeles, California[1] after playing all the clubs in Atlanta[5] and citing a lack of "infrastructure in Atlanta to support what [the band] were trying to do."[5] Within a month[5] of moving to Los Angeles, Alice in Chains guitarist Jerry Cantrell, who introduced himself as a fan of the band,[2] joined them onstage for several shows.[4][5] Their self-titled album was released the same year through DuVall's DVL Records.[1]

The Year is One and Jerry Cantrell (2001–2005)[edit]

By 2001, Constantine had left the band,[1] to form Program the Dead, while Comes with the Fall were announced as the main support, along with Swarm, for Jerry Cantrell's solo tour.[6] When Cantrell's then solo band mates, bassist Robert Trujillo and drummer Mike Bordin, were unavailable for shows, he enlisted Stanger and Davies to perform as his backing band.[6] They toured with Cantrell throughout 2001.[5]

The Year is One, the band's second album, was released later in the year to positive reviews.[5] The following year, Comes with the Fall were announced to be Cantrell's opening and backing band for his tour in support of Degradation Trip, Cantrell's second solo album.[1][2][7][8] Prior to the start of the tour, Alice in Chains singer Layne Staley was found dead in his condominium on April 20, 2002.[9] When questioned during an interview about how it affected the band, DuVall stated:

Comes with the Fall toured with Cantrell throughout 2002,[4] while they released a live album, titled Live 2002,[1] the same year.

In 2003, Comes with the Fall toured with Atlantic group Dropsonic.[5] During the tour, Davies left the group to join Danzig,[10] with drummer Brian Hunter doing double duty performing with Dropsonic and Comes with the Fall.[5] Though Davies was announced as an official member of Danzig,[10] he would still be a member of Comes with the Fall with DuVall stating that his departure was only temporary.[5] The band released the live DVD Live Underground 2002[1] towards the end of the year[5] and planned to record and release a new album by 2004.[5]

Davies recorded an album with Danzig in 2004,[11] titled Circle of Snakes, which was released on August 31 the same year.[12] The following year, Davies, along with Eric Dover, joined Cardboard Vampyres, a cover band formed by Jerry Cantrell and Billy Duffy[13] before joining The Mercy Clinic, formed by Patrick Lachman.[14]

Alice in Chains, The Reckoning, Beyond the Last Light and Hiatus (2006–present)[edit]

In November 2005, DuVall stated that Comes with the Fall had completed a new album, with a working title of Beyond the Last Light, and hoped to have it released in January 2006.[15] They previewed songs from the album on their MySpace, in February 2006[16] while DuVall, along with various singers, performed with Alice in Chains,[1] who had reunited to perform a benefit concert for victims of the tsunami disaster previously,[17] at a tribute concert for Heart,[4] singing "Rooster" with Ann Wilson.[2][18]

When Alice in Chains were to tour in tribute to Staley, DuVall was invited to front the group for the dates.[2] Comes with the Fall released the EP The Reckoning, and was released the summer of the same year.

In February 2007, the band announced their first tour dates in three-and-a-half years, performing material from the EP as well as their unreleased album.[19] They released Beyond the Last Light the same year[1] to positive reviews, with Greg Prato of Allmusic stating that "[m]usically, Comes with the Fall certainly has a soft spot for the big riff thang (DuVall also supplies six-string in the band), as evidenced by the Kyuss-esque "Rockslide" and the Audioslave-ish "Pale Horse Rider."" and that they were "a rock band in the early 21st century that won't sound out of place on rock radio, but that you also won't be embarrassed to admit liking"[20]

The same year, DuVall fronted Alice in Chains on the "ReEvolution Tour" with Velvet Revolver[4] while Davies temporarily joined Static-X, filling in for injured drummer Nick Oshiro,[21] as well as Invitro, filling in for Bennie Cancino on the Family Values Tour.[22] With all members active in other projects, Stanger is performing with The Young Royals, Comes with the Fall were effectively put on hiatus.

By 2008, DuVall had become an official member of Alice in Chains, releasing Black Gives Way to Blue,[4][23] their fourth album and first since 1995's Alice in Chains,[2] on September 29, 2009.[24]

Band members[edit]

Former members
Touring musicians
  • Brian Hunter - drums (2003)


Studio albums
Extended plays
Live albums


Release Date Title Label
2003 Live Underground 2002 DVL


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  3. ^ "The Dark Archives Interview, 10/01 by Mark Clausen with William DuVall". Retrieved February 3, 2014.
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  6. ^ a b "Archive News". March 7, 2001. Archived from the original on 2005-05-06.
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  8. ^ "Former ALICE IN CHAINS Axeman Rehearsing For Upcoming Gig, Tour Details To Be Announced Shortly". March 10, 2002. Archived from the original on 2003-11-02.
  9. ^ Cross, Charles R (June 6, 2002). "The last days of Layne Staley; Alice in Chains singer dies at thirty-four after long battle with heroin. (no. 897)". Rolling Stone.
  10. ^ a b "DANZIG Land New Drummer". June 15, 2003. Archived from the original on 2006-02-21.
  11. ^ "DANZIG To Return To The Studio This Month". January 13, 2004. Archived from the original on September 11, 2012.
  12. ^ "DANZIG Set Release Date For 'Circle Of Snakes'". July 7, 2004. Archived from the original on September 11, 2012.
  13. ^ "CARDBOARD VAMPYRES Add Bandmembers". May 19, 2005. Archived from the original on September 10, 2012.
  14. ^ "Former DAMAGEPLAN Singer Launches THE MERCY CLINIC". August 31, 2005. Archived from the original on September 9, 2012.
  15. ^ "COMES WITH THE FALL Complete Work On New Album". November 12, 2005. Archived from the original on March 3, 2006.
  16. ^ "COMES WITH THE FALL: New Music Available For Preview". February 15, 2006. Archived from the original on March 3, 2006.
  17. ^ Hay, Travis (February 21, 2005). "Alice in Chains owns stage in tsunami-relief show full of surprises". Seattle Post-Intelligencer.
  18. ^ "Metallica man joins Alice in Chains". Rolling Stone. April 9, 2006.
  19. ^ "ALICE IN CHAINS Singer WILLIAM DUVALL To Hit The Road With COMES WITH THE FALL". February 24, 2007. Archived from the original on 2007-02-28.
  20. ^ Prato, Greg. "Beyond the Last Light Review". Allmusic. Retrieved October 28, 2010.
  21. ^ "STATIC-X Recruits Former DANZIG Drummer". April 23, 2007. Archived from the original on September 10, 2012.
  22. ^ "Former DANZIG/JERRY CANTRELL Drummer To Perform With INVITRO On FAMILY VALUES Tour". July 30, 2007. Archived from the original on September 9, 2012.
  23. ^ Fuoco-Karasinski, Christina (September 1, 2009). "LiveDaily Interview: William DuVall of Alice in Chains". LiveDaily. Archived from the original on February 5, 2010.
  24. ^ "Interview: Alice In Chains". Nottingham Post. Archived from the original on 2009-11-27. Retrieved October 28, 2010.

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