|Fallen is the solo project of Anders Eek, who also plays drums for Norwegian doomsters Funeral. The band has been around since 1996, however, this is their first release.|
Not surprisingly, the first band that I am reminded of when the demo begins, is Funeral. I'm not completely sure if this is more because of the association of the band, or the sound... though, the sound is certainly similar... slow, and haunting. The wonderful low, clean vocals add to the atmosphere of the music... indeed, it is this which helps make the two tracks on Fallen's demo so haunting, and almost ethereal... as if some doomed being has come from the heavens, to create something mournful, and gloomy. Something that could only be created by someone with ages of wisdom, aeons of pain, and centuries of suffering.
The guitars plod along at an appropriately doomy pace, yet they are very melodic for this style... perhaps, due to the addition of solo-like leads at certain moments. This works very well, and helps keep the music interesting when there are breaks between vocals. The amazing thing about the opening track, 'Now That I Die', is that new riffs, and new instruments come in at just the right time. Every single time I was about to drift away, lulled by the music, something new and interesting would happen, to bring me right back in. This kept me listening very attentively through all of the song's almost 18 minutes. I do somewhat feel that they could've broken this up into two, or perhaps even three seperate tracks, but I certainly applaud the fact that they didn't. It makes the overall song seem like a monument... a testament to Fallen's ability to keep the listener riveted right to the very end... and perhaps, the very end is exactly where Fallen take the listener. More infornation about the band, can be found here:
[edit by admin.: The link is dead, but you can find the bands MySpace page here: a href="http://www.myspace.com/doomfallen" target="_blank">http://www.myspace.com/doomfallen
1. Now That I Die
Duration : Approx. 24 minutes
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