Falling Leaves demo
Reviewer: Mujtaba M Badr - 2012-09-05
Falling Leaves, one of the newcomers of 2010 to the Jordanian metal scene,releasing their homonymous first demo a few months ago. Based on the information taken from their official social networking pages, they are supposed to be a “Melodic Doom Death Metal” band, and here comes the first challenge; because this term is musically vast, that I don’t believe can be covered by a three track demo, and beside that, I believe Doom Metal is Doom Metal, all these sub-sub-sub genres are lame, because music, and metal mainly, is about being without boundaries and Falling Leaves had just put one when they tag themselves by this sub-sub-sub genre.
My pre-listening impressions were good, the band's monicker, cover art work, and even song names, all give you that doomishly-bleak atmosphere that should help you to get into the music easier.
First Track: “Silence”, the song is far from anything you can describe as “Metal”. A depressive, atmospheric or even acoustic rock, may be, but there is no metal here. Putting a small little riff on a song doesn’t suddenly make it a metal song, this musical formula would be better if it were an opener for an album, but I find it not so correct a decision for a debut demo. But if we put that aside what we get is a good song, except for the electric guitars; they are weak, poor and sound low in the mix. It would be better if the song were left as it is without the electric guitar parts, and we would have a real solid song of acoustic depressive rock.
The other two songs, “All Is Gone”, & “My Perfect Disease”, are more metal than the opener, but they still have the same problems of the electric guitars. Everything beside that is well done; the keyboards, the acoustics, the drums and even the bass has its moment here. So, if I put the riff out of the equation, I would say that I am left with somewhat good impressions by this demo.
At the end, Falling Leaves did a good try at make a good debut demo. But sorry, we are not in the early 2000’s, we had started the second decade of the 21th century, and the sound quality of the local scenes are getting better and better (even for demos!), you had some good idea in this demo, I hope you going to expand on them, for the best, in your next release.
Bottom line: A Good demo, but it has lot of flaws. Yet I still anticipate their next release because I like Abdul-Aziz doomy clean vocals.