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Fall of the Idols : Agonies Be Thy Children

Many doom metal bands (especially when it comes to traditional doom) seem to wear their influences on their sleeve. Usually, after the first minute or two of a song, you can tell who the band is influenced by, and who they're trying to sound like. This is not the case with Fall Of The Idols. The band doesn't seem to be interested in sounding like any particular band, or staying within any doom metal sub genre.

Having said that, 'Agonies Be Thy Children' does seem to be a slightly safer, though still very interesting, demo. The touch of bands such as Black Sabbath, Solitude Aeturnus, and Candlemass are much more evident here, than they were in their last, self-titled, effort. The music does have a bit more of an epic feel to it this time around, especially when it comes to the vocals, and the guitars. The bass guitar seems to be featured more prominently here, as well... especially in the third track, 'The Walk'... it has an almost trip-hop feel to it, very mesmerizing, with the repeating riff, and the vocals over top of it.

This is one of the things which I like about Fall Of The Idols: They're not afraid to experiment with quirky little things here and there that make you sit up and think "whoa, neat!". The thing is, though, that they are able to pull all of this off, while still staying planted firmly in the traditions of doom metal. Nobody can accuse them of forgetting their roots... but one can't accuse them of just regurgitating the greats, either.

You know, after listening to this demo on repeat, I have to say, this is really quite gloomy, and cold sounding. I usually only expect this feeling from some of the best funeral doom bands out there, but I'll be damned if 'Agonies Be Thy Children' doesn't achieve that same bleak, and empty feeling one gets from listening to Until Death Overtakes Me, or Reclusiam (now there are some bands I'm sure nobody would expect to read in this review!). Indeed, this demo is something which will interest more than one kind of doom fan. If you like your doom gloomy, and at the same time epic sounding (go figure, but yes, it's all here), then you can't go wrong with this demo.

...and to think, this demo doesn't even last thirty minutes. What a shame. Which leaves me with one more thing: Someone sign these guys! Please! ...and make them record a full length! I don't want any more demos. I want 70 minutes of Fall Of The Idols, and I want it to doom me for all eternity!

Reviewer's rating: Unrated


Tracklist :
1. Halls Of The Forgotten
2. Agonies Be Thy Children
3. The Walk
4. Beneath The Burning Sun

Duration : Approx. 27 minutes

Visit the Fall of the Idols bandpage.

Reviewed on ??-??-???? by Matt Zuchowski
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