Released: 2014, Nordvis Produktion
Reviewer: Metal-Rules.com UK Team
I’ve been reviewing metal albums for the best part of a year now, and I am now going to do something I’ve never done before. And that is award an album the highest possible mark. Why? Because it’s a masterpiece of Atmospheric US Black Metal.
Maine based outfit Falls of Rauros have returned with third studio album BELIEVE IN NO COMING SHORE – an album where the group’s sound has definitely matured to its finest. Opener ‘Blue Misshapen Dusk’ is incredibly comforting and makes you relax and unwind as a mix of psychedelia and traditional American folk takes you away from the stress and pain of reality.
On several occasions like ‘Ancestors of Shadow’ and ‘Ancestors of Smoke’ I was reminded of USBM comrade Panopticon, whom this band have collaborated with in the past. The uses of acoustic guitars are placed at the right points of every track and create a very bittersweet barrage of anguish laden blasts that will soothe all inner wounds and disgust. This album is best to listen to after a hard day of work or in the early hours of the morning as the atmosphere definitely fits the dawn of a new day.
By the time you reach ‘Waxen Voices’ it feels as if you’ve entered a nirvana and the drones here, reminiscent of Wolves in the Throne Room, will continue your journey on into a deep pool of psychedelic bliss. ‘Spectral Eyes’ and ‘Believe in no Coming’ shore round off the album by combining elements of shoegaze, folk and DSBM and Dark Ambient that will please fans from all over the Black Metal spectrum.
I could tell Falls of Rauros were really enjoying themselves here. All the right musicians are together in the same room to bring us the best mix of USBM and tell us it is getting stronger and more diverse by the day. If you want to know the direction 21st century black metal is going, you must pick up this album. One very good piece that is carrying the unholy light of originality above the roaring sea of middle-of-the-road metal.
Review by Demitri Levantis