|Review: The Fall Of Every Season - Amends|
Label: Grau Records
Year released: 2013
Genre: Doom Metal
Review online: February 24, 2013
Reviewed by: Sargon the Terrible
Rated 4.4/5 (88%) (15 Votes)
I reviewed this band's debut waaaayyy back in 2007, and when I got this one it had been so long since I spun that one that I had to go back and listen to it so I could compare them. Looking at the cover work I was concerned this band had gone all post-metal on us, but that is not so. The Fall of Every Season (really just the one guy, Marius Strand) are not really bound by conventions, and this is a different and inventive recording, but it is still definitively, defiantly Doom.
Whereas From Below was an almost too-depressing album, this one is much less melancholic. Amends is full of big, crushing doom riffs and aching melodic passages. Again, Strand proves he is one of the best guitar players in Doom, as he weaves powerful and evocative soundscapes. The songs are all long, except for the short instrumental breather "A Portrayal", but they never lose you with too much intricacy or too much repetition. The album really holds together as a single composition, with each song reflecting upon, and building on, the others to create a whole work that is more than the sum of its parts. Strands vocal work remains a strongpoint, and his clean singing is so much better than some other vocalists in the genre I wish he would do something that was all-clean sung. Not this, however, as this album needs the harsh vocals to provide counterpoint, and they are here for a reason beyond just contrast.
I am wholly impressed by this album, as it represents a single, unified vision carried out by one man, and it is every bit as good as he obviously wanted it to be. Powerful, emotional, and atmospheric, I'm calling this the Doom album to beat for 2013.
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