|Review: October Falls - The Streams of the End|
|The Streams of the End|
Label: Debemur Morti Productions
Year released: 2007
Genre: Black/Folk Metal
Review online: November 10, 2007
Reviewed by: Pagan Shadow
for:The Streams of the End
Rated 4/5 (80%) (3 Votes)
M.Lehto stands alone in the dark as the sole soul behind this Finnish act called October Falls, steadily releasing MCDs, LPs and CDs since 2001, of which The Streams of the End is the latest manifestation. If it wasn't for a small but important detail, I would say that this is an excellent release. The duration is only 22 minutes, while I could easily take a double CD dose of this great music! I wish I could get the previous work as well.
The cold winter landscape of the cover art and cool band logo are not the least misleading. This is great Nordic folk /Black Metal art. The atmospheric and melodic sound of acoustic guitars is present on every single composition, gracing the soundscape with sweet harmonies so dear to my ears and soul. Adding to the spirit of Nordic land, nature samplings in the shape of wind, water and birds open every song. In opposition or completing the sonic wall are solid Black Metal elements including nice distorted riffs and distant rasps. With tempo variations come different moods, from the fast/grim Black Metal standards to a slow, bone crushing doomy style. The emotions felt move between calmness, sadness, melancholia and even mysticism. M.Lehto had the brilliant idea to close this CD with a beautiful acoustic piece including flutes and strings (keyboards?), ending this opus in perfect harmony.
I want to listen to more, lots more of this great folk Black Metal music!
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