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Review: Slumber - Fallout

Label: Karmageddon Media
Year released: 2004
Duration: 36:48
Tracks: 7
Genre: Doom/Death

Rating: 4.4/5

Review online: November 30, 2004
Reviewed by: 4th Horseman
Readers Rating

Rated 4.24/5 (84.71%) (17 Votes)

2004 is about to end and this one sneaks right in on time for yet another one of the year's greats! Slumber are perhaps the best newcomers of the year with "Fallout" – an album that is so dark and depressing that you would think that it is the rightful successor to Paradise Lost's "Icon" from 1993!

Between two endlessly crushing walls of distortion, Slumber lace strong melodies and harsh vocals that are quite reminding of Opeth. There are no acoustic parts, nor are there the clean vocals, but the growls are similar. Musical influences are very apparent here as there is a bit of the Gothenburg style and even a bit of those magnificent Fins Eternal Tears of Sorrow. But overall, this is what Paradise Lost would have been if they didn't take the easy road out. I hear a lot of early Katatonia comparisons from other reviews, and if that is the case, Katatonia's early catalogue is something to look into then.

Equally cool is the cover art and the booklet – very fitting to the feeling of the album. This band has 7 members in it – 2 of them being keyboardists. Before you get soured on that, I will point out that the piano toned keyboards are one of the biggest highlights of this album which really direct the heavy guitars and harsh vocals throughout. Although this album suffers from the same problem that Paradise Lost did in their glory days – very similar songs from head to toe – the keyboards give each track a distinct flavour.

If you like the aforementioned bands, then it is quite likely that you will enjoy this album a lot. An excellent debut that is an effort worthy to be proud of. Let's hope Slumber throw in some more diverse songs on their next record and surpass this quality. Recommended.

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