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If you're a fan of soft Ambient Prog Rock, check out the first couple of tracks of Fading Waves first album and see how that tastes.

What I have playing here in front of me is the debut full length from Fading Waves, which is listed as a one-man 'Post-Metal' project out of Russia. While it is true that I am still a little in the dark about exactly what makes or doesn't make something 'Post-Metal', if this is what is supposed to represent the genre... i'm still not clear on the requirements. Most of the first real track, 'Flashes', really just takes on a clean-driven Progressive Rock feel, but without much of the flare or flash, topped off with good, but not great, female vocals. I would be lying if I said that there weren't some good moments on the album, but the opener does leave a bad taste in my mouth. 'Destroying The Time', the second full track, is probably the best sounding composition offered to the listener as well as the most dynamic with its raspy growls, intricate distorted guitar work and a solid slab of programmed drum work.

'Perforate The Sky' follows most of the same guidelines as the previous song, while also summoning up an atmosphere reminiscent to the likes of Agalloch. Closing out the album, 'Through The Veins' is probably the most prominent display of aggression on the record, while still maintaining the same 'Shoegaze' Black Metal feel found during chunks of the previous two tracks. I have to note that while I do like female vocals in a lot of things, they do not work very well or sound natural in 'Through The Veins' during the sections they're implemented into. All in all, when looking at the album from front to back you have a musical endeavour that shows that the madman behind the curtain has both a variety of different musical interests and intentions, which is fine on paper... but I feel that the attempt to appeal to two totally different sets of listeners is probably not the smartest decision. What it boils down to is that if you're a fan of Agalloch or similar bands then I recommend the album, if just to spend time with the final three tracks. If you're a fan of underwhelming Ambient Prog Rock, check out the first couple of tracks and see how that tastes. As well, if you're a fan of Sludge Metal and you saw these guys tagged as such... I'm pretty sure it's an incorrect use of the term. This could have been far worse, so I'm feeling kind enough to give it six and a half shiny gold stars out of ten.

Reviewer's rating: 6.5/10


Tracklist :
1. Air
2. Flashes
3. Destroying The Time
4. Perforate The Sky
5. Through The Veins

Duration : Approx. 39 minutes

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Reviewed on 2012-01-11 by Jon Carr
Forever Autumn
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