The Duskfall
Frailty


3.5
great

Review

by Magnus Altkula STAFF
August 2nd, 2009 | 39 replies | 5,133 views


Release Date: 2002 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Old-school-like melodic death metal from Sweden. For fans of older In Flames and At The Gates.

The Duskfall was a melodic death metal band from Sweden who was active during the years 1999-2008. The style Duskfall played is old-school melodeath that had good production. Their works resembled old In Flames and At The Gates but had enough originality to mark The Duskfall on the legendary Sweden metal-map. Frailty - being Duskfall's debut album - brings us a punch of melodeath that is like a mix between old At The Gates and The Jester Race by In Flames.

Frailty starts with a track called "The Light". Mid-paced offbeat drums and crunchy melodic guitars dominate the track along with strong, raspy vocals. The track is a solid start for the album and actually is one of the best on the whole record, but it is followed by arguably THE best track on the album titled "Age Of Errors" which does a superb job on mixing In Flames-like melodies and the aggression of older At The Gates. The crunchy melodic guitars are once again at its best and the chorus is just pure addictive. Next songs, titled "Agoraphobic" and "Poison The Waters" continue in the vein of first two songs, blending strong melodies and aggression. While all the band members do a good job, the guitars are always on the forefront, shadowing the drums and vocals just a bit (which are both really good). After "Poison The Waters" though the album falls into a small gravel-pit because the next few songs, while not bad being bad in any manner, aren't just as memorable as the first four songs were.

Not to worry though, the title track "Frailty" puts things back on track again, and while the verses of it could be a bit more diverse, the chorus is truly epic-sounding. "Tune Of Slaughtered Hearts" isn't a bad song and has some pretty neat spots, but that song could definitely be more technical because exept a small solo, the guitarlines on it are way too simplistic. "Just Follow" and "Deliverance" are a fitting closer duo for the album, showcasing The Duskfall's songwriting ability once again, since both song have interesting build-ups that are a bit simple, but effective.

This album only has one flaw and that is most of the songs are very similar. The melodies do vary quite a bit but essentially this album, after the first four tracks, sounds like a one big song. Thankfully this big song is effective enough, and since the album is also quite short, ten songs in 40 minutes, it never becomes boring.

The Duskfall's debut doesn't bring anything new to the table (surprise, surprise) but it combines old-school melodeath and good production nicely and so is a very nice listen every once-in-a-while. Fans of melodeath should easily eat this up, but this album is also a very good gateway into melodeath in general. Good guitar melodies, harmonized leads, strong vocals (although the vocalist doesn't use death growls very often, he prefers a raspy shout) and steady, somtimes offbeat drumming. For a casual metal fan who likes melodic metal, there is only one question, what's not to enjoy about this album?



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Metalstyles
Staff Reviewer
August 2nd 2009



8317 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

decided to do another one of my easy-and-simple-to-read reviews.

rasputin
August 2nd 2009



14512 Comments


i would have liked this 4 years ago

Nagrarok
August 2nd 2009



8169 Comments


Easy-and-simple-to-read indeed. To the point, and therefore good. I will probably not look into this even though I do enjoy some melodeath. Pos'd.

Metalstyles
Staff Reviewer
August 2nd 2009



8317 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

thanks Nagrarok, btw how may Pries reviews left? I think I missed your last one

Nagrarok
August 2nd 2009



8169 Comments


Demolition is going to be submitted right after I write this comment. If you missed my last one, you can always find it in my profile.

BallsToTheWall
August 2nd 2009



44164 Comments


Good review, alright band from their latest album but sounds way too much like In Flames. I prefer Lay Down Rotten as my favorite modern melo-death band.

Metalstyles
Staff Reviewer
August 2nd 2009



8317 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

have you heard this one? If not I suggest you could give this ago, but I warn you that it is definitely not as aggressive as Lay Down Rotten

BallsToTheWall
August 2nd 2009



44164 Comments


I guess i'll youtube it... Just noticed the artowrk, kind of reminds me of that weird children eating creature from Pans Labyrnth.

Metalstyles
Staff Reviewer
August 2nd 2009



8317 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

heh you are right, it does haha

jingledeath
August 2nd 2009



7104 Comments


awesome possum, will listen to a few songs and see if they pique my interest

Metalstyles
Staff Reviewer
August 2nd 2009



8317 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

thanks man, I rec you to check out the first 4 songs, they give a good idea about the whole album

BillEco
August 2nd 2009



67 Comments


I remember listening some songs of it on lastfm. I didnt even bother to let them finish. Perhaps I'm too mean

Zip
August 2nd 2009



5312 Comments


definitely not as aggressive as Lay Down Rotten


Bummer cuz I'm really digging that stuff right about now. Also Magnus, meet deathstars in 98:
http://www.sputnikmusic.com/album.php?albumid=39527
If you don't have that album by tomorrow I swear I'll kill you.


Metalstyles
Staff Reviewer
August 2nd 2009



8317 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

hahaha you are the first person in Sputnik ever to call me by my real name. Kinda cool

Yeah I don't think you would like this all that much, I think it is a bit too melodic for your tastes, but I'll get that Swordmaster album, because I haven't got anything other to do today then to check out new music. Better be good or I'll be negging on you for the rest of the week

Zip
August 2nd 2009



5312 Comments


Dude it's the best thing since sliced bread.

Metalstyles
Staff Reviewer
August 2nd 2009



8317 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

well i do like my sliced bread hahaha. Dl-ing Swordmaster atm

Zip
August 2nd 2009



5312 Comments


I promise many hours of unholy enjoyment.

Metalstyles
Staff Reviewer
August 2nd 2009



8317 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

we'll see. Goddamn rapidshare, fucking slow-ass dl speed

Zip
August 2nd 2009



5312 Comments


How did Rapidshare ever become the most popular? Mediafire rapes it.

Metalstyles
Staff Reviewer
August 2nd 2009



8317 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Rapidshare has the most files on it, I prefer 4shared myself, but it has waaaaaaaay less files then rapid or mediafire



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