Pathogen
Nightfall


2.0
poor

Review

by rasputin USER (196 Reviews)
June 1st, 2008 | 11 replies | 3,844 views


Release Date: 1997 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Although getting closer to the mark with their next release, Pathogen ruins a solid release with absolutely awful production.

Nightfall was released in 1997, a year after their first demo Tyranny of Hatred and 8 years before their next release, the 2005 debut LP Bloodline. Nightfall is a lot more in line with Bloodline than Tyranny of Hatred, and shows the progression the band underwent. The demo showcases early versions of 5 songs that can be found on Bloodline, as well as Bleed My Soul (Part 2), which is an earlier form of the outro that can be found on Bloodline. This is unfortunate however, because the two and a half minute acoustic instrumental is absolutely beautiful, and is an excellent way to end the demo; much better than the newer version of it on Bloodline.

The first thing to note is the vocals. Cain Cressal is the vocalist on Nightfall (he was replaced with Mike Lenane for Bloodline), and he generally screeches a lot more than doing lows, which I'd say is a good thing. His lows are okay, but he's not incredibly accomplished at them. Even so, certain low moments on Nightfall are done very well , as opposed to the cookie monster with bronchitis he was on Tyranny of Hatred. His screeches are up the standard one would expect of him now, but Cressal is unfortunately let down by the biggest failure of the album, which I'll get to soon.

Musically, Nightfall is a huge step up from Tyranny of Hatred. Pathogen have discovered the sound that most people would associate with them now, and although haven't perfected it, still manage to incorporate a large amount of melody without becoming bland. As mentioned before, the songs are earlier versions of songs later seen on Bloodline, but have certain differences which are both good and bad. An example of a good difference would be the guitar solo in ‘My Little Cow’ (which is later known as C.O.W). On this earlier version, the solo is quite good, decent shredding at the very least. This is a big step up from the dumbed down slow solo the band played for the new version of the song. Still, the versions of the songs are relatively similar. The only major thing I have to say about this (and I already have once), is the strength of the closing instrumental, Bleed My Soul (Part 2). I can’t be sure of it, but Bleed My Soul (Part 2) seems to be an earlier work of Bloodline’s instrumental closer, but in all honesty I prefer the earlier version.

Well, so far in my review I’ve made out the demo to be quite good. You might be wondering why I’ve given it such a low rating, so I’ll explain why.

Production.

I find it quite interesting that Al Smith, who recorded their first demo quite well, could have made such a shoddy job of Nightfall. The entire demo is surrounded by thick, impenetrable fuzz, which only goes away (a little), during the acoustic interludes. Any distortion of guitars sounds horrible, Cain's screeches are mind-shatteringly fuzzed out, and all of this actually makes the demo un-listenable. Even the acoustic sections, however more listenable they may be, sound very bad. On headphones, no matter what the volume is, the production just hurts. It completely ruins what would otherwise be a decent release.

Overall, despite being quite good in most other aspects, the production of Nightfall ultimately brings it down. Still, it’s not a complete loss, because the songs on here can be listened to on Bloodline anyway (and you’d have a tough time finding this).



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rasputin
June 1st 2008



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re-submit

SHOOTME
June 1st 2008



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Oh... I thought this was new.

Willie
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June 1st 2008



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This one is a re-submit, but it seems rushed. Did you happen to update it after it was posted? Obviously, though, I trust your rating and won't be checking this out.

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rasputin
June 1st 2008



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I slightly re-worded the last sentence or two of the introduction, but the rest is all the same. Got any suggestions for the review?
And yeah, don't bother with this or even the other demo, but the album is quite solid melo-death.

Willie
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June 1st 2008



15774 Comments


I slightly re-worded the last sentence or two of the introduction, but the rest is all the same. Got any suggestions for the review?
Cause you asked and I'm drunk:
Second paragraph, third sentence:
Even so, certain low moments on Nightfall done very well
Missing "are" between the words Nightfall and done.
His screeches are of the standard they are now, but are let down by important failure of the album, which I'll get to soon.
Same paragraph. After comma maybe think about changing that sentence to something about failure of the music or at least add "the" between "by" and "important".
Musically, Nightfall is huge step up from Tyranny of Hatred.
Third paragraph, first sentence... "a" between "is" and "huge".
Other then that, some parts sound a bit weird, at least now under the influence, but it's good.



rasputin
June 1st 2008



14504 Comments


ohok, not sure how I missed all those, the review is the pretty much the same one that was posted a few months ago. I'll fix it up, cheers for that.

Essence
June 1st 2008



3556 Comments


Willie, you dare challenge my throne of complete grammar nazi-ism?
Sir, it is most definitely *on*.

Willie
Moderator
June 1st 2008



15774 Comments


Willie, you dare challenge my throne of complete grammar nazi-ism?
I always keep it to myself, plus he's usually really good anyway... but he asked! You can keep the throne ;)


SHOOTME
June 1st 2008



2393 Comments


Heil JACKTIGERHITLER!

Grammar Nazi

Heil SHOOTMEHITTLER!

Soup Nazi

Essence
June 1st 2008



3556 Comments


NOSOUPFORJOU!


By the way, the end of the first paragraph is missing a period.
Good work as always Rasputin, regardless of the age of aforementioned work.

rasputin
June 1st 2008



14504 Comments


haha well it's not that old of a review, it was posted after February 28th. Not my best, but it's an obscure demo of little known band so it's really no big deal. Cheers anyway



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