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October Falls – A Fall of an Epoch

October Falls
A Fall of an Epoch
by "Der Bärtige Mann" Gareth Beams at 07 June 2020, 11:30 PM

Originally a solo project of M. Lehto, but this is the band’s fifth album, four of which after the One-Man Band expanded to a three-man project. This is however their first Full-Length album since The Plague of a Coming Age in 2013. In that time Kaarna, a compilation was released in 2014, as well as a two single release called Kulo, in 2016. So lets hear what the band have been doing.

A Fall of an Epoch” starts off slowly, with a very Atmospheric instrumental, peaceful melody. This ends with a very quick turnover and goes full into the more powerful options of the harmony. The harmonies progress through into the song as the time expands, there are also a few changes in pace, but the balance is brilliantly controlled. The song is still ticking over nicely as we approach the 3:30 mark, then it slows right down, briefly, before picking back up again, the short change keeps the interest levels going. It is at this point that the raw vocals are introduced. The vocals are kept to short outbursts and they help build the melody and the tempo. The mix of sounds goes very well together. This is a long song, so the frequent changes go a long way to help build the melodies, the balance remains spot on still. This song is just brilliantly worked, it changes, but never enough to lose interest, but also enough for us to enjoy the mix. The melodies and harmonies are true artistry.

The Endtimes Rising” starts with a decent little riff going as an intro. It is building up the melody, slowly, but progressing very well. There is very little change from the start, but look at the previous song for how that waited over 3-minutes. The melody is ticking over nicely, and around that 3-minute mark the vocals enter the frame and it becomes a totally different song, balancing vocals and instrumental melodies effortlessly. The song is slowly picking up pace and it has done this without it being obvious. The song slows down once more, but it feels like it is building up to something bigger. The build up never amounts to anything before the vocals return with the aggression that turns the song into something new once more. The vocals remind me of a slower, od school IMMORTAL in their approach, which is always a compliment. The song keeps ticking over with very little time to change  anything drastically, but the song is another beautiful piece of work that flawlessly works

The Ruins of What Once Was” is far faster than the previous song finished off, allowing us to hear more of the talent behind this band. The tempo is set high to start, but soon drops, a little into the areas we have heard before on this album. The lack of change from previous songs a bit more obvious than before, it feels like the trick is being repeated a bit more than it should, but just as the other songs it picks up, maybe a little less aggressive on this track. The pace set on this song does not change anywhere near as much as previous songs, there is nothing wrong with this song, but it doesn’t stand out.

Hammering the Tide” is a slow starter, more where the previous song left us. It soon picks up with a very catchy melody kicking into gear. The melody expands and slows down, taking us into the balanced harmony. Its another decent start to a song. The vocals have more about them again, which is always good, they keep up with the tempo better. The mix of raw vocals and beautiful melodies go hand in hand towards taking us through the motions within the song itself, brilliant. The song picks up pace within the instrumental breakaway and it becomes another new song within itself, it is amazing how it has been put together.  The vocals once returned allow the next segment to over take, very much like before, taking through the gears like a true masterpiece, the vocals and instrumentals fade out to close the song gently.

The Flood of Drought” starts us off with a progressive opening melody, building the tempo and setting it to a decent midway mark. The beat slows down, but its already flirting with the idea of increasing the pace, which it does, nothing drastic but a decent enough change. The aggression is good from the vocals, could maybe have let go a bit more, but these vocals are still effective. The slower, acoustic section is peaceful, but doesn’t last long, more of a bridge for the new harmonies to take over. The song changes only slightly, but its subtly done and it feels brand new, this is a great thing to be able to pull off. The song slows down gradually as it draws to a close, but it doesn’t pointlessly fade out. It changes to the acoustic guitar to take us through until the end.

Each song has 3 or more songs within itself, but each song is put together perfectly. What an album!

Songwriting: 9
Musicianship: 9
Memorability: 9
Production: 9

4 Star Rating

1. A Fall of an Epoch
2. The Endtimes Rising
3. The Ruins of What Once Was
4. Hammering the Tide
5. The Flood of Drought
M. Lehto – Guitars & Vocals
Sami Hinkka – Bass Guitar
Marko Tarvonen – Drums
Record Label: Purity Through Fire


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