October Falls - _A Collapse of Faith_
(Debemur Morti, 2010)
by: Pedro Azevedo (8 out of 10)
Following _Marras_, _The Womb of Primordial Nature_ and several EPs, Finland's October Falls have returned with _A Collapse of Faith_. The entirely acoustic approach of old has been left behind by now, but such elements are still prominent in their highly atmospheric, melodic and doomy black metal. Indeed, their knack for weaving such elements into their music still proves to be one of their principal strengths; along with the strained blackened rasps and generally somber guitar work, every element contributes to a cohesive whole that retains a close bond to nature mysticism.

_A Collapse of Faith_ is made up of two lengthy compositions, between seventeen and nineteen minutes each, and a shorter one coming in under the six minute mark. Their use of recurring themes throughout each composition maintains a solid sense of structure regardless of the unusual length, and again their ability to integrate acoustic or atmospheric elements also comes into play. The songwriting may not be the most ambitious you will ever hear for near twenty minute pieces -- but it is quite effective, and this is hardly some form of prog metal anyway. What repetition there is usually works in the music's favour, although given enough time, their bag of tricks does begin to appear somewhat shallow. For its relatively short duration however, _A Collapse of Faith_ works very well indeed; a strong album within its genre, though not necessarily one that aims to achieve some kind of breakthrough.

Contact: http://www.debemur-morti.com

(article published 28/3/2011)

10/10/2005 N Shahpazov 9 October Falls - Marras
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