Of the Fallen - _Ancient Gods of Battles Past_
(Independent, 2000)
by: Adrian Bromley (6.5 out of 10)
With a real symphonic feel to things, Texas-based band Of the Fallen set out to shape their blackened realm of metal music with intricate guitar stylings and some nifty keyboard work. While I was throroughly impressed with the band's self-titled offering last year [CoC #43], with the new material I found myself intrigued with what they were doing (especially on songs like "Dawn of the Blackest Sun" and "Writhe in Vengeance"), but at the same time my interest started to fade as the music continued onward. Typical ideas started to take shape (away from the harsh, blackened cries of aggression and passionate symphonic elements) and it became evident real fast that Of the Fallen haven't really edged forward in their take on metal music. It is still just spinning the same cycle of sounds. With such a promising debut offering I don't know what happened, but hopefully some more touring and studio work will help tie up loose ends and push this promising band forward. Good ideas, but some experience might help get them past the pack. I'll be watching.

Contact: P.O. Box 203213, Austin, Texas, USA 78720-3212

(article published 25/5/2000)

10/12/1999 A Bromley 7.5 Of the Fallen - Of the Fallen
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