Chuck Schuldiner Project

Wednesday, October 7, 2020

October Falls - Syys

October Falls have long been one of the most impressive bands in the underground death doom scene. I have always loved their grandiose compositions and excellent songwriting. It was thus very exciting for me to wake up this morning and find out that they have a new acoustic record coming out mere months after the release of the modern day death doom classic, A Fall Of An Epoch. This masterful new offering comes out via one of my favorite underground labels too - Purity Through Fire. Suffice it to say - Syys is a goddamn thriller.

One of the important things to understand is that this is much more than 'metal band plays neofolk' although of course those elements are there. It's weirdly refreshing to hear this band put out a record that features no drums or distortion. The things that make this record so fascinating are many, not the least of which is the delicious use of sampling. The howling winds that kick off and then underscore 'V' for instance (Oh yeah - there are no song names, just Roman numerals) are gorgeous. They really help to pad out the sound and make a relatively stripped back release deeply engaging. There are ways to get lost in this record that few of the bands peers can match, and it is wonderfully exciting. 

October Falls have proven here that they are not limited by the confines of death doom but that they can create stunning music in whatever genre they so choose. Syys is mesmerizing and masterful. It's a record that captures the imagination and leaves you wandering through dark European forests in the dark of night. Syys is a monumental step forward for the band. It's proven to me time and time again that this is a band who are one of a kind and special. I can not wait to hear more from these modern day lords of the genre, as this record, side step though it may be, is some of their best work to date.

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