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The Fall Of Every Season : Neglected's Motif

'Neglected's Motif' is the first demo by The Fall of Every Season, a one man project by Marius Strand from Norway. The excellent song 'Her Withering Petals (part 1)' was released online earlier in 2005 and gave us a good taste of what was to come. Let me start with the bottom line: this is one of the best demos I've heard in a long time!

What this demo contains is three songs of about seven minutes that consist of a mix of melodic doom with growls and calmer interludes with soft clean vocals. The heavier parts are a combination of riffs and lead melodies that at times resemble the music of bands like early Empyrium, early Forest of Shadows and Agalloch. The serene parts immediately bring Opeth to mind, because of the combination of calm vocals and guitar melodies. Don't get the idea that The Fall of Every Season is a clone of any, though, for while many such bands come to mind, Marius Strand already has a quite distinct approach to what he wants to do with his music.

Of course, as with many demos, there is room for improvement. The thing that could use the most work right now is the mix, as the drums are a bit off balance compared to the rest of the instruments. The guitar sound is a bit off the mark here and there as well, mainly in the rhythm guitar sections. But, considering that this is the first home recorded effort by a young one man artist, one could hardly ask for more than it is right now, which is relatively excellent.

If any of the above aspects could possibly appeal to you, and you enjoy introspective and evocative music, get to www.home.no/marse and download this. Or better yet, order it and support this promising doomster. And, if you're a label, get convinced and sign this talent, while you still can. I can't wait till the next release!

[edit by admin.: The website has changed address to http://www.thefallofeveryseason.com, but the demo is no longer for free download there.]

Reviewer's rating: Unrated


Tracklist :
1. Scornful, Crowned by Leaves
2. Mere Wind Remains
3. A Porcelain Facade

Duration : Approx. 21 minutes

Visit the The Fall Of Every Season bandpage.

Reviewed on ??-??-???? by Oscar Strik
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