Chuck Schuldiner Project

Thursday, January 30, 2014

Within the Fall-Through the Shadows

Through the Shadows cover art

Within the Fall is the kind of doom metal band who combine raw brutality with something more beautiful. This sort of mixture of primeval brutality and antediluvian beauty is the sort of thing that very few bands these days really get at. Yet for Within the Fall this is merely par for the course. Their new record Through the Shadows is clear enough proof of that. Though its only four songs long they are all pretty long, and prove that Within the Fall have what it takes to become doom lords.

Through the Shadows finds its true might in the raw heaviness. The incredible bottom end of Within the Fall's sound is impressive. It showcases a band who not only know how to write some top notch doom but that can also mix it to perfection. The tone on this record is incredible, it makes the entire thing more poignant and beautiful. The way that Within the Fall cut right to the listener, jabbing them in the gut with a sound that is not aggressive but simply heavy as it comes, is, in a word, impressive. Through the Shadows is proof of the magic of doom in its modern context, and by Odin is it good.

That being said, there are some things I would like to change with this record, but they are not so much criticisms as potential improvements. For one thing, I think that the band should use their cleans more, I think that the songs that do use clean vocals are phenomenal and really add another layer of emotion to the whole affair. This is some of the best death metal tinged doom to come out of Sweden in years, and all I can say is that I can not wait to hear a new full length from these guys!

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