October Falls
Tuoni


4.0
excellent

Review

by Kyle Ward STAFF
December 21st, 2007 | 20 replies


Release Date: 2003 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Sheer brilliance, you will be mesmerized by this masterpiece.

Folk has always been one of those genres which tends to find it's influnces shown in metal, so I have developed a taste for it outside of the metal world. Given, I haven’t really dived deep into it; I certainly keep my ears open for something new to try out. With the help of a fellow sputnik user, I stumbled across a band entitled October Falls. Playing an extremely somber, acoustical blend of folk, October Falls has really driven a spike to the depths of my heart, my mind and my soul. It’s so hard to imagine that the recordings of a guitar, flute, and piano can have such a lingering effect on my mind, but this right here is certainly proof enough that it is possible. Like autumn in a dark forest, in the mysterious light of the full moon, October Falls’ EP Tuoni stirs something deep inside oneself.

It is this feeling that drives the listener to all ends with their sanity and perception of songwriting ability. It can make a person scream in agonizing rage or weep with a sorrowful joy, and it will most certainly take charge of your attention for its 25 minute run time and force you into this place which is shrouded in mystery, death, and darkness. There is just something so amazingly entrancing about this album that I cannot help but write such deep descriptions of it.

The tools which are used to carefully weave a web of such daunting emotional complexity are nothing more than an acoustic guitar, a piano and a flute. The acoustic guitars are at the forefront and all times, and constantly pick away riff after riff of quite possibly the best acoustic guitar passages I have ever heard laid down onto an album. While they aren’t overly complicated or quick-paced, they add immeasurable magnitudes of emotion and atmosphere to the music which simply cannot be put into words. Ever so often, a piano will creep its way into the music, underlying the already dark ambiance of the acoustic guitars and often grinding out songs to a slow, depressing halt. The echoes of flutes work their way into the distant background in songs such as “As The Mist Unfolds”, emphasizing on the overall “beautiful death” type atmosphere of this album.

Speaking of atmosphere, something like this comes along once in a great while. If I though that Ulver’s Kveldssanger was as atmospheric as you could get in terms of loneliness and depression, I had no idea what was recorded on this album. The first time I listened to this album I was alone in my bed, late at night just sitting there looking at the moon outside the window. In the pitch black of the night sky, I found beauty and serenity in the bleakness, I found emotions I never knew I had, I found an unearthly sense of desolation, and I found what is quite possibly the most moving album I have ever heard.

Pros
+ Amazing Atmosphere
+ Excellent Songwriting
+ Awesome Production
+ Unparalleled Emotion
+ Extremely Smooth To Listen To
+ Excellent Instrumental Talent

Cons
- May Become Repetitive



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Comments:Add a Comment 
Crysis
Staff Reviewer
December 21st 2007


16440 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Short but right to the point. Nothing more needs to be said about this album.

Digging: Swallowed - Lunarterial

Slaytan
December 21st 2007


1186 Comments


Nice intro. Good review. /pos

BallsToTheWall
December 21st 2007


44644 Comments


Short but to the point indeed. Another solid review. Great descriptions showing the emotion. I'll be checking this out for the same reason as the folk and metal kick started it for me.

Digging: Mare Cognitum - Phobos Monolith

Crysis
Staff Reviewer
December 21st 2007


16440 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

This has almost nothing to do with metal really though, so don't expect heaviness.

BallsToTheWall
December 21st 2007


44644 Comments


No, I know that. Just restating from the second paragrgh. Anywho, i'll be checking this out.

Tyler
Emeritus
December 21st 2007


7926 Comments


Intro is silly, pretentious and really unnecessary. I didnt want to read on after I read it. This is a review site, not Grade 7 Creative Writing. This Message Edited On 12.21.07

plane
Staff Reviewer
December 21st 2007


6094 Comments


Cocaine is right. It really throws off the rest of the review.

Tyler
Emeritus
December 21st 2007


7926 Comments


Got past the intro. Then this happened:
Folk has always been one of those genres which borders very closely with metal, so I have developed a taste for it outside of the metal world.
And I stopped again.

Aficionado
December 21st 2007


1027 Comments


Usually I enjoy deep and introspective introductions like that, but it honestly had no connection with the rest of the review and you didn't even explain it.

Slaytan
December 21st 2007


1186 Comments


I seem to be alone in liking your intro...all well.

Tyler
Emeritus
December 22nd 2007


7926 Comments


I don't see how it was deep or introspective. It was random and pretentious. And the line that starts the actual review is just ridiculous.

McP3000
December 22nd 2007


3941 Comments


Im with cocaine

mynameischan
Staff Reviewer
December 22nd 2007


17920 Comments


This review is Avenged Sevenfold's "A Little Piece of Heaven" in textual form.

rasputin
December 22nd 2007


14550 Comments


The intro is a bit silly

Crysis
Staff Reviewer
December 22nd 2007


16440 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

The tribe has spoken, the intro goes.This Message Edited On 12.22.07

Willie
Moderator
December 22nd 2007


16051 Comments


I missed the intro???

SynGates
December 22nd 2007


2467 Comments


The tribe has spoken, the intro goes.
ah, that answers a few questions.

Zoo
December 22nd 2007


3759 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Regardless of whatever intro was there or not, this is an excellent album that you all should look into.

Nostalgia
December 22nd 2007


64 Comments


Definitely should have never namedropped this project. Retards.This Message Edited On 12.22.07

Mahavidya
December 22nd 2007


99 Comments


Pretty funny review.



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