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Review: Falls of Rauros - The Light That Dwells in Rotten Wood
Falls of Rauros
The Light That Dwells in Rotten Wood

Label: Bindrune Recordings
Year released: 2011
Duration: 45:13
Tracks: 6
Genre: Black Metal


Review online: April 25, 2012
Reviewed by: Sargon the Terrible
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Rated 3.67/5 (73.33%) (9 Votes)

This is the third recording from Maine-based band Falls of Rauros, who despite the Tolkien-inspired name are not a fantasy-type band. I thought their last album Hail Wind and Hewn Oak was interesting but not really that great, but this one has been in my player for weeks now.

Falls of Rauros have really improved, but they are and always have walked in the long shadow cast by Agalloch. This is moody, somewhat depressive music with a lot of acoustics, atmosphere, and subdued vocals. The woodland themes and bleak, haunting soundscapes fall somewhere between Agalloch and the more mellow impulses of Cascadian bands like Wolves in the Throne Room. Overall this comes across as a little too mellow, and as something to really get into it is a bit thin, but as background or mood music it is unmatched.

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