Sunday, June 15, 2014

REVIEW-FATALISM-MYSTERY OF DEATH-CASSETTE/3-INCH CDR

FATALISM-MYSTERY OF DEATH-CASSETTE/3-INCH CDR
ETERNAL DEATH RECORDS/DEATH006
EXPERIMENTAL BLACK METAL/FATALISM CALLS THEIR STYLE
"ETHEREAL GLOOM."
COMES IN A LARGE, HARD PLASTIC CASE COMPLETE WITH
BEAUTIFUL ARTWORK AND LYRICS PRINTED ON THE INSIDE.
ALBUM IS PRESENTED ON A CLEAR CASSETTE WITH TEXT/INFO 
PRINTED ON IT AS WELL AS A 3 INCH CDR FEATURING THE SAME 
TRACKS/E.P. AS THE CASSETTE.
FATALISM IS:
BALDER-GUITARS/VOCALS
DESPONDENT RIFT-DRUMS/KEYBOARDS/VOCALS
(ONE MASTER/MORGIRION)



SIDE A.)

I.) ISABELLE:
Huge guitar riffs echo cloaked in reverb and delay.
Slow drums keep things moving in a gloomy march
towards oblivion.Clean vocals echo in the same manner
as the guitars.Almost spoken and monotonous.Militant
marching drums appear from an unknown abyss and begin
to climb towards the heavens.This is Black Metal filled with
doom and gloom but it's certainly not D.S.B.M. It sounds like
these dudes were influened more by JOY DIVISION than any
of the Scandinavian legends.There is a strong resemblence to
CIRCLE OF OUROBOROS but the production is less Lo-Fi.
Mystery Of Death actually sounds pretty huge...Cavernous
and cryptic...But with a sense of wonder rather than one of
danger.Double bass blasts kick in and the guitars pick up the
pace as well.The speed and reverb give this a Shoegaze-like
vibe but never go too far in that direction...This almost sounds
uplifting at times but in a strange melancholic sort of way...At
times this reminds me of WOLVES IN THE THRONEROOM for
some reason even though this is very different.We go into a nice
bridge of waves of rhythm guitar, vocals that linger in the air like
ghosts of spoken words and simplistic but effective lead guitars.
There's sort of a Surf Rock feeling to this as well but it's never
strong enough to throw off what FATALISM are going for.The
track sort of just ends here so lets see what lies ahead.

II.) ISOLDE:
Grinding palm muted rhythms build like thundering hooves.
This sounds much darker than the first track.More menacing,
Like the forshadowing of wars to come.The vocals are done in
the same manner as before but along with the music they sound
darkly sarcastic...Almost like FATALISM are snickering at you in
mockery.Like they know something you don't and are just waiting
for it to happen to you.Frenzied drums with some awesome snare
work fill the emptiness.The guitars form a swirling and dizzying 
wall of sound that wraps it'self around the listener and squeezes
tight like a constricting serpent.We go into a short bridge followed
by lead guitars that sound like they came out of the 90's UK Death
Doom scene.Mid-paced drums kick in and it starts to sound more 
like early DARKTHRONE but with those doomy clean vocals Fenriz
did with ISENGARD or FENRIZ RED PLANET...This is the type of shit
that makes the hairs on the back of your kneck stand up straight.The
tempo suddenly becomes twice as fast and races at the speed of light
and heads straight into the darkness...This is proof that Black Metal
doesn't have to have screamed vocals to sound pissed off.Lead guitars
and perfectly timed drums create an atmosphere like a woefull choir
of damned spirits.A few creeping lead notes crawl out like spiders and
track two fades into nothingness.

III.) ISLE:
Palm muted guitars full of emotion in a slow melody.
This reminds me of AGALLOCH or maybe even some
of KATATONIA's work.There is an almost New-Wave
vibe as secondary guitars arrive.Like a really strange
and loose cover of "I ran so far away." As I mentioned
before there is an obvious Post-Punk/Goth influence
here as well and I think it is most obvious in "Isle."
This has an ECHO AND THE BUNNYMEN sort of
thing going on...I could sit here all day and list off
bands that this reminds me of and at this same time
this sounds very original.It is what they did with those
influences that makes this special.Rather than try and
copy someone who came before them, It seems FATALISM
has taken the best parts of what they liked and blended them
together to create a perfect mix of the various shades of black
the underground has to offer.The vocals flow over crisp waves
of guitar.This is fucking beautiful stuff...Dark and dreary with
a hint of a silver lining.Gorgeous buld ups rise and drop off like
a suicide over the edge of a cliff and into the sea.Fragile synths
dance like ghosts along to the rhythm of the guitars.There are
not really any drums on this one but they are not really needed
as this somehow works just fine as is.

IV.) GLOOM REAPER:
This sounds like a VERY loose cover of "Don't Fear the Reaper."
The first few seconds are pretty much the same and judging from
the name of the track I'd say this is at the very least a tribute or
re-working of the classic.Haunting atmosphere along with that
classic riff slowed down to D.S.B.M. style misery.The vocals here
sound like they are filled with pain and emotional torment.This
track leaves you drenched in regret and soaked in loss.I can honestly
say that this is one of the most beautiful things I have ever heard in
my twenty five years of existence.One powerful guitar chord breaks
the silence and it's all over...My only complaint with this album is
that I wish it was longer but fuck it...Time to hit repeat.

SIDE B.)

PROGRAM REPEATS ON SIDE B.

A GREAT RECORD WITH BLACK METAL ROOTS.THESE GUYS
ARE NOT AFRAID TO DO THEIR OWN THING.GLAD TO SEE
THAT THERE ARE STILL BANDS CREATING SOMETHING ORIGINAL
INSTEAD OF BECOMING ANOTHER GROUP OF FACELESS FOLLOWERS.
RECOMMENDED FOR FANS OF: ALCEST/SLOWDIVE/NEGATIVE PLANE/
/WOLVES IN THE THRONEROOM/CIRCLE OF OUROBOURUS/URFAUST/
AND BLACK METAL WITH POST-PUNK/GOTH ROCK QUALITIES.

9/10
-ABATTOIR-

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