Soulfallen - The Promise of Hell
Label: Grave New Music
Reviewer: Rak Hiasat - 2012-09-05
Highlights: "Questions And Answers", "Bring Me My Demons" and "At The Heart Of Dying".
Soulfallen has always been a band that, being Finnish and deeply rooted in melodic death metal, has never jumped into the wave of the "modern metal" scene in Finland; which is something I really respect. They have always just kept their music the way they like it, and their lyrical themes never cease to impress me.
Recently, the band released their third full-length album called The Promise Of Hell, and it's a quite good release. Perhaps the major aspect of this album that I recognize right away and enjoy the most its atmospheric/melodic effects, which unlike most other melodic death metal albums, are mixed in a very decent way from the aggression to the harmony.
The album starts with the track "The Birth Of Newfound Death", a long guitar-and-drums intro. In it, we get the raspy blackened vocals with lots of melodies (which are straightly mad-sounding riffs) in a massively impressive show of rhythm guitar, compact with more fluently epic riffs behind the sadistic melodies of the song. And then you go to the next tracks "Questions And Answers" and "Ghost". Both of the songs start with merciless guitar solos and Kia Leikola's vocals begin their path in growling, breakdowns can be heard as well, but unlike the mindless muddles the band do, the drummer uses his skills perfectly instead of just hitting the kits. There's some chugging and before you get bored they conclude again.
Now, here comes the guest vocalist Annika Jakanen and the atmosphere that she adds to the record on the fourth track "Scars Aligned" with the runback of the vocals, drums and melodies making a really decent theme for the song. But, it’s the fifth and sixth tracks in the album, the melodic tracks, that I think filled my taste up. However, on the vocals' side, I think this is the weakest part in this album; the crispy spoken vocals didn’t fit in with the growling for me, but they knew how to make up for this by writing masterful melodies.
The other three songs: "Dead And Dying", "Bring Me My Demons" and "At The Heart Of Dying" have the album's strength points. They're far more aggressive than the others and are more in a death metal vein. The songs start out with some killer death metal style riffing as well as symphonic keyboard-based sections followed by necessary guitar solos. Vocals in these three songs are more deeper, and really they pretty much fit in with the song style they're executed very well. Overall, if you are a typical death metal fan, I don’t think you are going to like this album, although you might find some good ideas and songs. However, if you are a symphonic metal fan and you like more melodic experimental mixes with a heavy sound then this will most certainly get your attention.