Fallen (Belgium) – World Epilogue

No matter the genre, the quality of a metal band almost 100% of the time depends upon the strength of the band’s riffs. Vocals can add something, bass, drums too, but the fact of the matter is that metal is almost always based on the guitar and the other instruments moving around it, not taking the center stage. If the riffs are weak, the band is weak, unless the other elements of the music are completely and utterly exceptional. Belgium’s Fallen has weak riffs, and the other elements are nothing special. I’m sure you grasp the verdict.

‘World Epilogue’ is completely generic metalcore, unique only in the fact that it is mediocre at best. As stated before, the riffs are by far the weakest point of the release. They have almost no body, no heaviness to them: it’s as if the bottom two strings of the guitar have been completely ignored in favor of the higher sonic echelons which remove any sort of bottom layer from the music. This causes all the music to be high pitched and lacking in depth. It’s not aided by the somewhat thin guitar and drum sound and already higher than normal vocals. There’s no bass presence on this album at all (especially weird for metalcore), and there aren’t even any breakdowns to add some semblance of intensity to the music.

The songwriting is fairly incoherent, with songs composed of seemingly unrelated parts crudely attached by way of artificial transition. The riffing is poorly constructed and lacking in melodic sense, and the drums play various rockbeats and only the most occasional foray into double bass. The production is no help either: too many mids have drained the bass out of this album even harder, leaving it sounding dry and minimal on every level. I’m not sure why you would want to listen to this: perhaps the most obsessive of metalcore fans might find some novelty in it, but I don’t. There’s numerous better bands to spend your time and money on, and this really offers nothing positive that we haven’t seen before. Skip it.

(Originally written for http://www.vampire-magazine.com)

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~ by noktorn on August 8, 2007.

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