Winter Solstice
The Fall of Rome


3.0
good

Review

by Fapper USER (5 Reviews)
August 3rd, 2009 | 18 replies | 4,173 views


Release Date: 2005 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Refreshingly rough and tantalizingly fun, but there are too many toppings to fully enjoy the meal.

1 of 1 thought this review was well written

It's 2005. Metalcore is bombarding the music scene, and Winter Solstice decides to hop in and record their debut album The Fall of Rome, sharing the Metalblade Records tag with behemoths like As I Lay Dying; And now that Winter Solstice is no longer together, It's not surprising that this band and their only album have been overlooked.

You're introduced to The Fall of Rome with "Following Caligula", which serves as an adequate starter. Quick and catchy riffs with precise and loud beats will be sure to have your head bobbing in synchrony with the song. You will undoubtedly note that the production on this album is very rough, giving it an almost garage-band sound, but not in a bad way. It almost gives the listener a breath of fresh air after listening to the countless overproduced metalcore records.

Contributing to that disheveled feel is the vocals performed by Matt Tarpey. His screams are somewhat raspy and are very distorted, and can be best described as howling. They aren't entirely bad though; Matt has his share of lows and extreme highs, but the often monotone howling can wear down this release very quickly. Unfortunately, the vocals are so over-distorted that it is nigh impossible to make out what he is saying, which is a shame because the surreal lyrics have a lot of potential in them.

Beneath the vocals the music is not absolutely aspiring, but is remarkably addicting and fun. The guitars are always up to something catchy and exciting, and the unrefined qualities make it even more enjoyable. The drums on The Fall of Rome definitely produce a strong backbone for the rest of the band. Not only are they played very meticulously, but the sound is very crisp and powerful, making blast beats actually "blast" and making the double bass pedal interesting once again. The bass however is hardly audible.

The songwriting is not a terrible course, but they put way too much salt on it. Expect a plethora of breakdowns, some very witty and enjoyable, others just filler material. The Fall of Rome has many little surprises, like an overdriven guitar riff to pump listeners up before the breakdown in "The Hampton", or a very short double bass pedal showoff at the end of "To The Nines". Everybody loves surprises, but when they are presented to us as often as they are on this record, they become a little stale.

Through a first listen the songs may sound slightly similar due to the distortion on the guitars and vocals never changing, but each song really gives a different feeling. "Calibrate the Virus" gives you a very high strung feeling, while "Courtesy Bow" provides an easy going experience that you can't help but bump your head to. The title track "The Fall of Rome" is the acoustic song that Winter Solstice decided to toss in mid-album that drastically changes the pace. There are no vocals in the song, and it is a little too long for how uninteresting it is, but it flows so seamlessly into "Malice in Wonderland".

The Fall of Rome has lots of enjoyable material that is so easy to get sucked into, especially with their refreshing garage sound, but their is no question that they have overdecorated their album with breakdowns and little surprises that make this record become effete more quickly than it should.


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Fapper
August 3rd 2009



649 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

I smell something burning

fireaboveicebelow
August 3rd 2009



6837 Comments


didn't like this much but the review is pretty ok

CompanionCube
August 3rd 2009



977 Comments


lol badass pic of blastoise

Fapper
August 3rd 2009



649 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

He's a keeper

Pebster49
August 4th 2009



2991 Comments


Love the vocals to this band. "Calibrate The Virus" is such an intense song.

NocturnalEpitaph
August 4th 2009



50 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

meh, cool to see someone review them as I liked to see them live, but I was hugely disappointed by this back when it came out. I was a fan of their demos as well as their first two releases through Harvest Earth after seeing them live a few times years and years ago.

This album to me IS overproduced. To me, the appearance of a raw quality of this record was more of a calculated produced rawness than a natural raw quality. I also felt that this album was super generic and just didnt have much lasting value for me.

Well written review though even if we don't quite see eye to eye.

Wizard
August 4th 2009



19248 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

It's not surprising that this band and their only album have been overlooked.

With good reason too. They suck.

Good review.

Digging: Nachtmystium - The World We Left Behind

AbyssalCreation
September 9th 2010



2041 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Love this album, it's one of the better generic metalcore cds.

Vocalist was really original as well never heard anyone like him.

Bloodhail
October 14th 2012



1140 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

KALIBRAET DA VIIIRRRUUUSSSSSSS

Fluttertrank
November 17th 2012



17098 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

this is pretty good.

wacknizzle
November 17th 2012



12647 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Calibrate The Virus is the fucking jam.

Digging: Systems - Ghost Medicine

Fluttertrank
November 17th 2012



17098 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

yeah love that one.

title track is my favorite and so is Malice In Wonderland.

wacknizzle
November 17th 2012



12647 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

m/ I haven't listened to this in forever, I'll have to download it again.

Fluttertrank
November 17th 2012



17098 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

yeah its surprisingly good. came acrossed it on accident today on youtube.

wacknizzle
November 17th 2012



12647 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Sweet. @Fluttertrank Have you heard .Crrust before? They're a Russian metalcore/post-hardcore band. I think you'd really dig it man, I'm uploading it mediafire now, I can send you a link when it's done if you want it.

Fluttertrank
November 17th 2012



17098 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

i have not, but will check out.

wacknizzle
November 17th 2012



12647 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

I was literally watching a youtube video that had the whole Pain Is a Mere Sensation album and 2 hours later it's fucking gone, I was gonna send it to you. There's only vids of their first album now but Pain Is A Mere Sensation is pretty different.

voiceofresistance
August 25th 2013



53 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I completely forgot about this band. this is some killer music. Courtesy Bow and Calibrate The Virus are amazing songs



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