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After the Storm - The Godless Hollow

After the Storm
The Godless Hollow
by Jean-François ‘’Jackal’’ Poulin at 02 January 2020, 10:48 AM

AFTER THE STORM is a Melodic Death Metal band out of Buffalo, New York. This is their second full-length album in their 4 year existence. Not to be confused with the likes of other bands with the same name including a Jazz Christian band! So yeah, we are really far away from anything that is Christian Rock to be honest! As for the Jazz elements, I always thought anything that is more technical does have some deep roots in Jazz.

The album has been out since October 25th and was self-released. Don’t let that fool you, this album has great production and they took their time to make the best album they could do. It’s incredible what technology does nowadays. They did a splendid job on this album and I really appreciated the hard work they put into making this album. The two man band rose from the ashes of another Buffalo New York Melodic Death Metal Band called FIREBORN which called it quits back in 2011. I do consider AFTER THE STORM less Power Metal than their previous band and a bit more on the technical side of things.

It’s pretty rare to have an album of this genre clocking at almost 70 minutes. I mean you never see this, you usually max out at 40-50 minutes at best except the rare cases here and there. This album has the making of something even bigger, the production is top notch and the band has so much promise. You got some seriously nice riffs and some killer hooks.

They took 4-5 months to mix and record the album and it really shows. Nothing seems to be forgotten, all the small details are there and the vocals are not drowned by the crushing of the other instruments. They understood that you got to have a great balance between the volumes of the vocals and the surrounding instruments. There is a lot of bands that forget to do that and you lose so much fluidity in the album and I feel you can never get your groove if anything is drowned nonetheless.

I hope these guys will be signed to a major label, they are head and shoulders above anything new in the scene and they just delivered some righteous Melodic Death Metal. Utterly impressive work!

Songwriting: 8
Musicianship: 8
Memorability: 8
Production: 8

4 Star Rating

1. In a Time Once Forgotten
2. Ephemeral Existence
3. Once Above Now Below
4. Sorrow Within
5. The Godless Hollow
6. As the Moon Falls
7. The End of the Beginning
8. A Frigid Mourning
Matt Swistak – Guitars
Pat McFeely – Guitars 
Record Label: Independent


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Edited 27 January 2023

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