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Released: 2009, self
Reviewer: Mr. Rock
Montreal’s FLH have released one of the most brutal, catchy albums of the year with DARKNESS REMAINS. Part black, part death, total brutality, the disc is a perfect example of what can happen when a talented band puts out some incredibly creative music.
Vocalist Martin Prevost shines (you know, in a heavy, brutal way), taking the listener to the depths of the netherworld with his guttural voice. Domineering and powerful, he has a vocal presence not seen (ok, heard) too often.
With “Fallen Empire” and “Rule of Terror”, the band bulldoze there way through the speakers. Kicking ass and taking names! “Whispering Memories” slows it down a bit, adding a little more atmosphere until “D.U” slams it into high gear again. “Primitive Nightmares” has an almost stalking feel to it. When listening to it, I feel as though I’m being watched…aaahhhhhh! Then “The Hunter” returns to the pummeling, ending the disc with style and coolness.
There is one complaint that I have with DARKNESS REMAINS though. It comes about the 4 minute mark of “Whispering Memories”. I really don’t like 2 minutes of soundtrack noise. If the song is 4 minutes, leave it at 4 minutes and don’t add this filler. Guys, you are talented, about this, and don’t need to do this. All that this filler does is stop the momentum that is gained from the first half of the disc. It’s slow, and doesn’t add anything…in fact, it takes away. Stick to the songs – they are killer.
FLH is an immensely talented band, and DARKNESS REMAINS is a great disc. With six songs coming in at 26 minutes, I can’t wait to hear what they come up with for a full length release. Keep an eye open for FLH, they are destined for great things
1. “Fallen Empire”
2. “Rule of Terror”
3. “Whispering Memories”
4. “D.U. (Depleted Uranium)”
5. “Primitive Nightmares”
6. “The Hunter”
Martin Prevost – guitars / vocals / bass
Jean-Marc Bienvenue – drums / piano
Sylvain Desilets – guitars
Gregoire Morency - bass
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