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Fall Of Carthage
Released: 2015, MDD Records
Fall of Carthage is a new band featuring members of Perzonal War and, inexplicably, Suidakra. Indeed, none other than Suidakra main man Arkadius is the guitarist here. That said, fans of those bands shouldn’t go into listening to BEHOLD with the expectation that it will sound anything like their heroes. To Fall of Carthage’s credit, they’ve made obviously gone to great lengths to make this a different beast from the members’ “day jobs” and have the music stand on its own.
So what does that mean for the music on BEHOLD? Basically, it means the album is full of metalcore circa 2005-2010. I’m sure the band would disagree with that somewhat glib assessment of the album, but as I’ve listened to the music multiple times, that’s what I keep coming back to. It’s heavy, it’s catchy, and certainly more musically refined than your average metalcore band, but if I had to boil it down, that’s what BEHOLD is. Obviously then, your tolerance for that genre will weigh heavily into your interest in Fall of Carthage. Personally, every time I wanted to write off the band and move on, I’d recall some catchy riff or vocal that kept me coming back. A perfect example of this is “Upon the Small Things” which quietly builds before exploding in the metallic fury expected from an opening track. Standard stuff, but within the song there’s this melancholy & hypnotic melody that just adds something different to the music.
Unfortunately, that’s the exception to the rule with BEHOLD. Like so much metalcore, much of the worthy bits are buried under standard shouted vocals and breakdowns. I’d be curious to hear more from these guys though, as they obviously have ideas that go beyond the constraints of the genre. Right now though, BEHOLD is not the revelation I was hoping for but it’s definitely worth checking out.
1. Upon the Small Things
3. Dawn of the Enemy
5. Home in a Wasteland
6. Menace to Myself
8. Means to Be Alive
9. Leave Them Behind
10. More Than Nothing
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