|Review: Fall Of the Idols - The Séance|
Label: I Hate Records
Year released: 2008
Genre: Doom Metal
Review online: February 4, 2009
Reviewed by: MetalMike
Rated 2.67/5 (53.33%) (6 Votes)
Finland's Fall of the Idols bring an old school Doom sound to the masses with their 2008 release The Séance. A brief review of their Myspace page reveals many of the "standard" Doom influences (Black Sabbath, Candlemass, Cathedral, etc.) There are some other, more varied influences listed, but frankly, I am not hearing them. Not in the music, anyway. What I DO hear is a strong, Type O Negative sound on many of the songs, in large part, due to vocalist Jyrki Hakomaki's Gothic-tinged delivery.
Fall of the Idols, as mentioned, bring the Doom old school. Most of the songs are slow with heavy, crushing riffs and minimal drumming. There is more fuzz on these songs than moldy cheese left out too long. And that is one of the problems I have with The Séance. The mix is so muddy with fuzz and reverb, it is hard to make out any of the individual performances. Fall of the Idols feature three guitarists, but you'd never know it. There is very little variation from the main riff. All the effects do serve to cover up some of the overly emotional vocals, which occasionally sound off key. Hakomaki speaks as much as sings the lyrics throughout most of the album.
It's not all bad. The songs are slow, but never so slow they become boring, and this helps set the mood of staring out across a bleak, frozen wasteland where the sun is about to set for the next four months. The listener really gets a sense of, well, doom. Most of the songs fall into this category, but there is a standout. "At the Birth of the Human Shadow" takes a step away from the pack with a mid-paced (relatively speaking) tempo and some gruff vocals. This song has a fantastic Trouble/Cirith Ungol vibe that had me skipping back to it repeatedly.
Fall of the Idols are not innovators in the genre. Doom fans should get a lot of mileage out of The Séance.
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