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Review: Falls of Rauros - Of Stone And The Stars In The Sky
Falls of Rauros
Of Stone And The Stars In The Sky

Label: Independent
Year released: 2007
Duration: 20:39
Tracks: 2
Genre: Black Metal

Rating: 3.25/5

Review online: July 17, 2007
Reviewed by: Michel Renaud
Readers Rating
Of Stone And The Stars In The Sky

Rated 3/5 (60%) (1 Vote)

We've grown used to folk-influenced metal from Europe and Scandinavia but... from Maine, USA That's a first (to my knowledge, that is. ;)) Falls of Rauros are difficult to categorize, cramming into two songs totalling just under 21 minutes a mix of ambient, black and folk, all this under the protective shadow of a doomy aura (simply put, this is not exactly uplifting music.)

The vocals are abysmal BM screeches that are quite discreet, never piercing the speakers and blending in very well with the music. From monotonous, depressive and minimalistic ambient BM, to folky passages all the way to soothing acoustic guitars, there's a healthy dose of variety to be found in such a short release. This is rather lo-fi stuff, which is pretty much appropriate for the genre. Nothing particularly new to be found here, however. On the first couple of listens, I found this demo quite boring, but I learned to appreciate it after a few more tries. It's not boring (well, a little bit at times): It's depressing and puts you down. Definitely not recommended if you're having "one of those days", but if you think you've been feeling too cheerful lately, this might just be the cure.

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