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The Fall Of Every Season : From Below

Two years after the demo, Marius Strand has released his first The Fall of Every Season full length. The title, 'From Below', might seem a bit out of place before reading the lyrics to the title track. The words "from below" doesn't seem to be intended to be literal. Instead it's more like being below hope. The main theme here is loss, which would explain why the character in the lyrics feels this way.

The music is above all calm and melancholic. According to Marius himself, it was this which was the intention. The label doom metal is just a by-product of this. A multitude of names spring to mind as I keep listening; the wintery guitar play that's so typical of Agalloch is perhaps the strongest outside similarity. Melodic doom/death elements in the vein of Anathema and Novembers Doom are also present. However, with the mood and combination of clean vocals and growls, the closest band would probably be Forest of Shadows, which is currently also a one man project.

Marius says he is influenced by Norwegian nature in autumn, amongst other things. Having an autumnal feeling is indeed a good description of the music - a colorful death where warmth and cold are combined. The most characteristic part is the acoustic guitar sections with soft, clean vocals. It's so sad yet so comfortable at the same time. It's indeed very good doom metal for relaxing or thoughtful moments.

Being a very big fan of this kind of music I would definitely recommend it to everyone. The music is original in its ways, but those who like this kind of music cannot go wrong here. From fans of Agalloch to those who enjoy Forest of Shadows, this is one of the few albums that will appease almost everyone in the category.

Reviewer's rating: Unrated


Tracklist :
1. From Below
2. Sisyphean
3. The Triumphant Beast
4. Escape of the Dove
5. Her Withering Petals

Duration : Approx. 48 minutes

Visit the The Fall Of Every Season bandpage.

Reviewed on 19-03-2007 by Arnstein Petersen
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