Fauna
Rain


4.0
excellent

Review

by BillEco USER (6 Reviews)
July 25th, 2009 | 18 replies


Release Date: 2006 | Tracklist

Review Summary: If you like Wolves in the Throne room, long songs and don’t have a short attention span then this one would be for you.

The woods of Cascadia have recently become a home for two reclusive bands which go by the names: “Wolves in the throne room” and “Fauna”. The former have managed to achieve a cult and place Cascadia on the “metal map”. To the annoyance of the wildlife “Fauna” have the ambition to send more genre defying shockwaves by releasing similar music with “WITTR”. Their debut was released the same year with Diadem of twelve stars but somehow stayed under the radar.

Don’t think this is a rip off of any short. This definitely has a unique twist that differentiates it from their peers. “Rain” only contains one (title) track lasting over one hour. It starts with (a field recording I guess) 5 minutes of mild rainfall which sets the mood. Afterwards acoustic guitars weave solemn soundscapes which work as a build up for what is to come. Around the 20 minute mark the black metal part kicks in. This is the first point in which the listener will inevitably compare these guys with “WITTR” as it is one of those powerful, fast outbursts that have become more or less a trademark of “WITTR” since their debut. The track slowly evolves as the pace changes and turns in some drony chords which are also (guess what) similar to the ones in Diadem of twelve stars. The song evolves at a snail’s pace and changes from mid paced black metal passages to the already mentioned outbursts and more drony chords. It is very repetitive but manages to stay interesting (except for the first drony passage) and leaves a very positive feeling at the end.

The drums are mostly on the background and are either blast beats or slower mid paces patterns depending on what the guitars are playing. They serve more as a backbone to the song rather than coming forward and stealing the show. The bass is unspectacular since it stays on the low end and is difficult to discern.

The vocals are the lowlight of the album. They sound as if a punk vocalist decided to try something between a scream and a growl. They are however much better than those annoying scratchy Varg Vikernes-esque shrieks others try to pull off. The lyrics are about nature (what a surprise) and I find them quite appealing and thought provoking. To appreciate them you have to read the whole thing but here’s a sample:

Hands blackened with my own blood
Piece me back together
Unburden the gutted beast
Fill the abyssal chest with leaves
I, great wound the wind whips,
Disappear.

This album/song is a good way to pass an hour. It would be great as background music when you want to concentrate or as something relaxing.



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BillEco
July 25th 2009


67 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Excuse the many comparisons with WITTR but since these guys live very close to each other and play similar music it was a bit inevitable

BallsToTheWall
July 25th 2009


44714 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Well, they're not any worse than Blood Of The Black Owl. This is a cool album, but ridicuoulsy long and a bit pretensious. However, the nature to neo-folk to black metal transitions are cool. Nice review. Glad to see one for this.

Digging: Reverend Bizarre - Return to the Rectory

BillEco
July 25th 2009


67 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Not really bad, I'm sorry if it came out like that. Somewhat average more like it

rasputin
July 25th 2009


14551 Comments


this doesn't sound very interesting. decent review though.

Essence
July 25th 2009


3586 Comments


I'm sorry, but 5 minutes of rain is just about the most retardedly pretentious thing ever.

CompanionCube
July 25th 2009


977 Comments


or is it


BallsToTheWall
July 25th 2009


44714 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Who doesnt enjoy listening to rain? Seriously, it's meditative.

Iai
Emeritus
November 7th 2009


3553 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

Yeah, but I live in England - I can listen to it 200 days a year for free.

Piglet
November 7th 2009


4659 Comments


Rainy.

MoosechriS
July 14th 2010


5038 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Just ordered this, love WITTR so have high hopes for this

MoosechriS
October 3rd 2010


5038 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

does anyone know if these guys are gonna bother their asses recording their 3rd and 4th pieces!? i've read a few things dotted around online that they've written to other pieces but seen nothing about recording :-s

brutebeard
November 4th 2010


1655 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Cool review. I'll be somehow acquiring this.

wyankeif1337
February 17th 2011


6739 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

i finally listened to this all the way through and it's a lot less boring than i thought it'd be. some great riffs here.

virfirnus
July 4th 2011


17 Comments


Only Fauna is Fo' Realz.

The riff after he screams "Disappear!" is so fucking amazing. I just love their riffs ever so much. Completely mesmerizing, especially live.

kitsch
July 16th 2011


5107 Comments


1. wish i could neg this review

2. this is pretty different, im really trying to not let the black metal parts ruin the rest of it tho.

3. thats right, a kitsch post, bitches.

DarkNoctus
Contributing Reviewer
August 25th 2011


8907 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

this is good but the vocals ruined it for me. first half hour is fantastic, though :] last 10 minutes are great too

zaruyache
September 9th 2012


6986 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Bump. Finally listening through this. The vocals definitely are the lowlight, but given their scarcity, they don't bother me that much.

And their new album is supposed to be out sometime this year. Last I heard there'd been a printing error and the vinyls had been delayed, but at least we know that the third record is definitely a real thing.

Digging: Ardour Loom - Demo

CosmicPie
August 25th 2013


1078 Comments


I dig this band.



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