Falling Leaves - Mournful Cry Of A Dying Sun
Label: Endless Winter
Reviewer: Rak Hiasat - 2012-08-03
Highlights: Memories Will Never Fade, Reaching My Last Haven
The act of finding your musical identity is quite a thrilling one, as all of a sudden the stuff that's flying out from under your fingers or out of your lips starts making sense and actually sounds pretty good in a somewhat objective manner. Some bands seem to enjoy it so much that they tend to do it all the time, flying from genre to genre like a leaf blown in the wind, but that's material for another day. It's even more thrilling if the stuff coming out isn't a blind emulation of an established sound, but rather the musicians' own take on a certain idea.
2010 Falling Leaves publish the first demo collection of three tracks that based on trite melodic doom death melodies , but the unbearable dissonant melodies cast here and there seemed to promise that the band wants to experiment and find its own niche... regardless of how much they detracted from an already feeble listening experience. A two years later, they launched a second assault in the form of a new full-length titled "Mournful Cry Of A Dying Sun". Just how evident would their progress be, if any progress would be made, of course some major change in the song structure for me I enjoyed the album specially with the doom icons in it.
The first track "Reaching My Last Haven" keeps the listener is welcomed by a somewhat mundane-sounding acoustic intro that doesn't branch out much from the area of content covered on their first demo, but then right as it's about to end the phrasing becomes somewhat more sophisticated, a prominent bass pattern emerges, and expectations soar as one realizes the band grew... rightly, in fact Josep Brunet did his best growls here. Pete Johansen and Olof Gothlin both of them are legend in violin world, both work specially in the next two track "Blight" and "Trapped Within" it's really gives me that sorrow feelings that Alaa the lead guitarist was trying to compose it, Pim Blankenstien did his outstanding deep growls here alongside with Waseem the main harsh vocalist for the bands , drumming it's really typical for a doom song a nothing special notice here.
About "Silence Again" The keyboards have a semi-laidback feel to them, with a few passing nods to My Dying Bride (and NO they aren’t cloning! Picture ‘Icon’ with a happier feel and an epic attitude.) There are a couple of parts and several harmonies. The drums are very sharp and never sound muddied. The songs are (on average) moderately slow to slow, here again the violin part keep killing with the clean vocalist/spoken vocals, Aziz vocals were the overwhelming aspect of this album in some parts. he really shows how the songs structure can be held by a vocalist, he just gently leaving his touch to this outfit. "Vanished Serenity" it’s the fifth track in this outfit , its where Paul Kuhr shows us the meaning of being from the best vocalist in doom metal field he really own my respect, showing all his pain in his track, it's the most brutal track on the album. Alaa clearly knows how to write a track with a direction. Although not entirely epic , but a melodic doom/death metal record very worthy of your attention.
"Memories Will Never Fade " The track begins with a very quiet and bad produced intro that explodes after two minutes into one very loud metal guitar solo. The overall speed of this track is rather slow in order to capture the feeling of depression. The song is loaded with guitar solos riddled throughout Like Tears tearing down on some pretty woman face. The lyrics and violin are simply mind-blowing. the overall music becomes more intense and Pit’s drumming becomes even more harder. The song ends with all instrument vocalists simultaneously singing while the music quickly plummets towards oblivion.
This song "Celestial" starts out quite suddenly, and is probably the best song on the disc. Although not as morbid as the rest of the songs, it still manages to have a doomy and eerie feel to it, which I really like a lot. The track contain elements with a heavy and almost epic intro containing acoustic and electric guitars and a keyboard. After the intro follows multiple keys atmosphere, both vocals shows best of them here. The lead guitar is crude, slow and heavy, also with reverbs and effects. This is the hardest guitar of the two. Sometimes it follows the lead guitar with more low notes. There are no stops. The rhythm guitar does not pause at all. This rhythm guitar creates the background for the music. To be more precise.
The outro of this album titled "Dying Sun" two minutes of highly touch acoustic guitars just to keep track that the listener will falling in sorrow after hearing falling leaves atmosphere. wouldn't say that Falling Leaves was necessarily innovating anything here, though they seem to improve wherever they transition from the leaden weight of the guitars to something more tangibly atmospheric. I like that they're so heavily riff-based, and I did feel as if the actual note progressions of the metallic rhythms were all that involved, ominous or interesting.