Label: Purity Through Fire Releasedate: 30-05-2020
OCTOBER FALLS releases its fifth album, A Fall of an Epoch. Originally formed as one-man-band by Mikko Lehto in 2001, it grew to more members. Marko Tarvonen joined on drums in 2007 and Sami Hinkka on bass in 2011. This collective has been extremely active with a number of works on their list. Fans of atmospheric death metal will definitely enjoy this.
Mild beginning with an adorable set of guitar chords to blast through shortly, in a proper death metal fashion. Scales go up and down after the first minutes in the first track with the same title as the album. At the third minute into the song, the screechy growl starts, and the drumbeat changes to break the mood, to precipitate a bigger break and mild guitar chords again. All in all, the track does a good introduction to the album and to the band. The track ends with a bit higher tone guitar chords.
The second track, “The Endtimes Rising”, starts with a melody that resembles folk songs and rocks the boat in a mild tempo in the beginning. The longer it goes, the more it seems that the sea is rising as well as the end time. The slow tempo gets busted in the third track, with the speed going to new heights. The last track, “The Flood of Drought” is waving, wishing the listener a good life and goodbye, like the same way it began. During all album, it seems that tracks merge into each other, so there’s not much to remember.
In conclusion, A Fall of Epoch is not a bad October Falls album but nothing remarkable either. I would see these guys live once the concerts are allowed again, but I won’t run to see them first place. A fan of atmospheric death metal might like it.
- Vocals, Guitars and Additional Sounds by Mikko Lehto
- Bass by Henri Sorvali
- Drums by Marko Tarvonen
- A Fall of an Epoch
- The Endtimes Rising
- The Ruins of What Once Was
- Hammering the Tide
- The Flood of Drought