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FALLOF THE IDOLS - The Seance - 88%

CorporalCarnage, February 2nd, 2009

Gloomy, atmospheric Traditional Doom Metal that is by no means to be taken lightly. Hailing from Tornio in Finland this Doom sextet's new release "The Seance" [Released through I Hate Records] is quite simply put a force. A force to be reckoned with no less, but then when a band packs three guitarists you know you're in for a culmination of pure noise slingshot violently into a groove laden repetoire that will make the earth move around you like an unexpected earthquake of unbridled fury and animosity. It isn't just about the crushing riff-age though. Fall Of The Idols produce superb harmonies to give their sound an undercurrent, a deep seated melodic flow that grips and ensnares throughout the duration of this epic sounding leviathon! Add on top of all this music flair the haunting vocals that dwell in the centre of Fall Of Idols and you have one hell of an ominous sounding oppression maker. Although not the bands first release and not even their first album, with talent like this you know instantly that they will go far! "The Seance" is a release that envokes emotions throughout and although pretty much all performed at a sluggish pace you never get bored or tired of what Fall Of The Idols have to offer. Not that this band don't change things up a little as is proved in the thrilling "At The Birth Of The Human Shadow" which ups the tempo whilst still staying true to the bands style and sound. This is pure unadulterated Doom from start to the very finish [Finnish?] and should surely serve notice to all that Fall Of The Idols are pure Doom heavyweight contenders and one definetely for the future!

Fucking Crushingly Emotive - 88%

AnInsidiousMind, May 25th, 2008

Fall of the Idols have finally released their sophomore album, entitled The Séance. The band plays a slow paced traditional doom metal that has a soothing, gloomy atmosphere to it. Fall of the Idols have three guitarists which makes them incredibly heavy; with the three guitars, the band can create harmonies on top of their crushing doom riffs. The melodies the band creates are addicting and fit perfectly together, and they mesh nicely throughout the album. Finnish people somehow know how to make things sound so fucking brilliant, in any style; the Séance has everything a great doom release needs, the riffs, vocals, and song writing. The album is slow most of the time, but picks up a few times. The song, At the Birth of the Human Shadow, is the fastest Fall of the Idols song I’ve heard, yet it is still sounds like them. In a lot of traditional doom metal the vocals are high in the mix, but in the vocals on here are brilliantly put right in the middle with the guitars. The vocalist does some great vocal melodies and he sounds like he’s singing from a cave of pure emotion. My favourite part of this album is definitely the emotion put behind it. The listener can easily feel the how much effort and time was spent into making this album.

This is an all around great release by Fall of the Idols from the song writing, riffs, and atmosphere; I think it surpasses their first album. If Fall of the Idols continues to improve, they will easily take doom metal by a storm.