Soulfallen
World Expiration


4.0
excellent

Review

by Irad USER (6 Reviews)
January 5th, 2009 | 34 replies


Release Date: 2007 | Tracklist


Soulfallen are a four piece Melodic Death/Black Metal band from Finland, formed around 2003 and previously known as Blacksmith. The band released 2 demos which got them signed to Off Records and through them they eventually released their debut album World Expiration in 2007.

Band Lineup:
Kai Leikola - Vocals/Bass
Marko Cieslak - Guitars
Aapeli Kivimäki - Guitars
Jimmy Salmi – Drums

The band’s lyrical theme being about tyranny and the fall of man, they try to paint an image of darkness and with darkness they bring emotions such as sorrow, hatred, grief and despair into their music. Bearing in mind that this is just a debut, I must say that the band has done a more than excellent job of mixing their dark lyrics with their even darker music.

One thing that definitely stands out about the band is the varying vocals. Kai Leikola provides both deep death metal growls and black metal screams, usually interchanging between them in songs but keeping mostly to his death metal growls for the closing track, No More Than Thieves, one of the highlight songs of the album.

Kai Leikola is definitely a very talented vocalist but the same cannot be said about his bass work as you won’t be hearing much of it through out the album. As for the other music, what the band does is that they use their guitars and keyboards each to inject different emotions into their songs. The keyboard works in all of the songs helps set the stage for the guitars to take the center whilst the mid tempo drumming is there to compliment the other instruments in the background. As you can tell from their genre, the guitar works are very melodic but they are also what help set the dark tone for the songs. Say for example in the song, Death of the Tyrant, the keys are used to set a haunting mood whilst the riffs blaze through out the song filled with anger and hate accompanied by the lead coming in with melodies both sad and full of despair until the solo comes in which is like a release of all their pent up musical aggression.

Although, they are Melodic Death/Black they show us that they can be more than that with what is one of the best tracks on the album. In No More Than Thieves, the band almost completely leaves out the black metal screaming but in place of them there are female vocals, there to bring a soothing nature to the song. The riffing in the song is slower than usual, any slower and they’d be walking on doom metal territory, and also the piano in the background along with the female vocals make the song sound very gothic.

With their debut the band set out to make music that plays with the darker side of human emotions and they did just that using some excellent guitar leads and solos accompanied by some nice vocal work. Not only did they accomplish what they set out to do but they also showed us that they have the ability and craftsmanship to progress further with their sound which will definitely leave listeners, who like the album, eagerly anticipating their next release.

Recommended Tracks:
No More Than Thieves
Death of the Tyrant
Third Day Of The Eclipse


“Lay down and embrace the deathlong sleep
For time has come for this crop to be reaped”




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jingledeath
January 5th 2009


7104 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I'm quite surprised this wasn't in the database, reviewed already.Excellent album.
And yes advice and constructive criticism would be appreciated.

BallsToTheWall
January 5th 2009


44323 Comments


Good review. Myspacing...now. Soounds like a better Shade Empire, but by how much remains to be seen. Check out TotalSelfhatred for amazing Finnish black/doom. It reminds me of this a bit but lacking the death.

Digging: Tiamat - Clouds

jingledeath
January 5th 2009


7104 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Thanks Balls I'll check them out and yeah now that you mention it they do sound a little like Shade Empire in some parts.

Wizard
January 5th 2009


19395 Comments


they try to paint an image of darkness and with darkness they bring emotions such as sorrow, hatred, grief and despair into their music.


Awkward sentence. There are a few others like this is in the review as well. Overall though, the content was good and you seem to know what your talking about (even though I've never heard these guys before).

Digging: Katatonia - Night Is the New Day

jingledeath
January 5th 2009


7104 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

aah well my English isn't the best so could you please advise me on how I could correct the sentence?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CtlDa2HsgkM

Hawks
January 5th 2009


35824 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

That video was awesome. So was the song,

Digging: Engraved - Before The Tales

iamthenightmare
January 5th 2009


754 Comments


awkward video, but the song was amazing.
especially that part where the preacher comes in and starts speaking

getting this now

DeathThrashProg
January 5th 2009


500 Comments


I thought you would review this, ive seen you listening to it loads on Lastfm. Now you've convinced me to check them out.

jingledeath
January 6th 2009


7104 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

yeah I've been digging this quite a lot lately and reviewing this was the only way to get people to notice it.

xarius
January 6th 2009


6 Comments


Havent heard of them anywhere except from you, now a review. Nice work, i will try to get the album.

Another thing check out Inner Aggression, same genre, awsome band.

Essence
January 6th 2009


3585 Comments


meh

and rofl at video

jingledeath
January 8th 2009


7104 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

meh you, Jacktiger

Just raised my rating for this.

Zoo
January 15th 2009


3759 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

This is pretty awesome stuff. Reminds me a lot of Hermh but with more emphasis on melo death. The guitarist definitely listens to a lot of Arch Enemy.

AngelPhoenix
January 15th 2009


2764 Comments


I'm actually with jack on this one.

Essence
January 15th 2009


3585 Comments


That vocalist just gave me a bad vibe.
Not a "woah, that guy is creeepy" bad vibe. Just a "he looks STUPID" bad vibe, if that makes any sense.


Zoo
January 15th 2009


3759 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

The last four songs of the album just do it for me. They're basically what made this turn from a 3 into a 4 for me.

jingledeath
January 15th 2009


7104 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

The last four tracks along with the 2nd track are quite excellent and I've been listening to them a lot lately so I'm finding it hard to down rate this.

That vocalist just gave me a bad vibe.


are you judging him by his vocals or his appearance?This Message Edited On 01.15.09

Zoo
January 15th 2009


3759 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

His vocals are pretty solid and I couldn't really care less what a member of a band looks like.

jingledeath
January 15th 2009


7104 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

yeah if we judged musicians by their looks we wouldn't be listening to more than half the bands around

BallsToTheWall
February 3rd 2009


44323 Comments


Acquiring this now. I hunger for eternal darkness with my granola bar.



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