Of The Fallen
Ancient Gods of Battles Past
I received this CDR unsolicited and with no packing information, but I
learned from MP3.com that they are a four-man band based in Texas with a
style that covers black, death, and thrash metal. Very well, I might add.
I don't know of another band that sounds quite like this - the best
description I can give is like a cross between black and power metal; it's
got that dark atmosphere and vocal style of black metal, and a lot of the
riffs are black-metalish (or at least black-thrash-ish), but the song
structures and some of the melodies, changes, and especially the guitar
solos have that grand, epic feeling of classic power metal - but still dark
and sinister like black metal... Believe me, it works much better than the
description I gave above.
The musicianship all-around is top-notch - the drumming is utterly
relentless, the guitarist handles the blackened riffs well and effortlessly
shreds the fuck up on solos, and the keyboards... oh, what an original way
to use keyboards in black metal: really play keyboard lines, not just synth
pads! But above all the technical performances is the song writing - it's
genius. Epic, dark, sinister, but still with some grandiose, triumphant
twists. Songs like "Dawn of the Blackest Sun", "Desolation and War" and
the title track are just great damn songs, bottom line. If some label is
smart they'll sign these guys soon, because they fucking rule. It's albums
like this that raise the bar for independent releases everywhere.
© 2000 lord vic