Many of you out there may have an inkling of the band in question here. Many of you may not, as I too have not been fortunate enough to come across October Falls in the past. I am delighted I have now.
October Falls formed in Finland in 2001 and was primarily a one-person act for several years before solidifying as a unit somewhere around 2007. The music then, as now, is heavily influenced by Opeth / Katatonia. As I played this release through for the first time, I would say for those of you who miss Opeth’s heavier days; you now have another option.
The album starts on an acoustic note for about a minute before the blazing sounds catapult you into another dimension. Sonically, what we have here is an epic, folk-inflected black metal done with such precision, speed, and achingly beautiful acoustics, all done with fire and fury. Painstakingly enough for their fans who had to wait seven years for this release, I can say without a doubt, it was well worth it.
The album may only have five tracks, but it does clock in at just under 48 minutes. And every single minute is accounted for with sheer excellence. A FALL OF AN EPOCH takes the band back to a more underground sound in regards to their production. I am not sure how this is as what I have been listening to the past few weeks could not have been done any other way. It turned out perfect!
Fans of early Opeth, Katatonia, Agalloch, Empyrium, and Nest will surely enjoy what October Falls has to offer in regards to their more metal offerings. It does seem that they do offer up some more traditional folk from time to time, which in turn has made them a name stay amongst the Finnish folk community. Good stuff!
Mikko Lehto – Guitars, Vocals
Marko Tarvonen – Drums
Sami Hinkka – Bass