The Duskfall
The Dying Wonders of the World


3.5
great

Review

by Magnus Altkula STAFF
August 17th, 2009 | 18 replies | 6,449 views


Release Date: 2007 | Tracklist


After the somewhat disappointing Lifetime Supply Of Guilt, the boys in The Duskfall rallied themselves together one more time to make their last effort The Dying Wonders Of The World. The band had already suffered from their weak last album, it was nothing like their other two great efforts and soon after the release, the original vocalist of the band, Pär Johansson, left for good. Since Pär was such a big part of the band and its image, one would probably assume that The Duskfall would be finished. Well, after this album here, they pretty much were, but before breaking-up, the band decided to create their last opus. They recruited a new vocalist Kai Jaakkola (and also a new bassist, Matte Järnil, who replaced Kaj Molin), went to the studio and started working their asses off.

This band tried, they tried really really hard and they did manage to finally pull it off. The Dying Wonders Of The World (I wonder if there is a glimpse of irony thrown into the album title) is nothing like The Duskfall's previous efforts, but it is a rather fitting closer for their career.

This album, like already mentioned above, is a fair bit different then the rest of The Duskfall's albums. First-off, the guitar sound is a lot crunchier than before, especially in the verses. The guitars almost completely shadow the bass because of that, but that’s ok since the crunchy guitar sound is a novelty on its own. Second-off the production is different than on The Duskfall's other albums. While on their other records the production was more clean and was clearly aimed to bring out the melodies, then on here it is much more atmosphere orientated. This album quite literally has a evil vibe to it and at times the music displayed here sounds downright chaotic. The third difference is naturally the new vocalist Kai Jaakkola. He has a very similar vocal style to Pär Johansson as he also, during 95% of the time, prefers a raspy shout. For older fans of The Duskall Kai’s vocals may (while being very similar to Pär’s) take a while to sink in, but for newer listeners, that really isn’t much of a issue since Kai is a decent vocalist as well, albeit maybe not just as good as Pär was.

Now what about the album's sound itself? Well, it is a lot better than on Lifetime Supply Of Guilt. The Duskfall have thankfully dropped the thrashy riffing that did not suit them at all. They haven't completely returned to their roots either though, the guitar sound displayed on here is like old-school melodeath with a modern raspy/crunchy touch. Also, thank god, the solos are back, and they do impress on this album. There aren’t too many of them but when there is a one, it certainly fits the context perfectly. The melodies found on this album are also great, but they really aren’t much like they were on The Duskfall’s first two albums Frailty and Source. They are more coeval and don’t resemble bands like At The Gates and In Flames any more.

The Dying Wonders Of The World is also a very consistent album, there isn’t a single filler track on it (just like on Source). If to bring out some highlights, then the best three tracks would be “Paradises Into Deserts”, “ Shadows And Cancer” and “I've Only Got Knives For You”. The first is a very solid opener that sets a great mood for the rest of the album; “Shadows And Cancer” is the most epic song the band has ever done. It has an amazing solo and is a sure contender for the best song The Duskfall has ever recorded while “I've Only Got Knives For You” is an eerie closer that has a haunting, fulgurating melody. It’s a rather perfect song to end a career with. The rest of the songs are good too and none of them become repetitive or boring, making The Dying Wonders Of The World great as a whole. It is not a compilation of songs, it is a real album.

The boys in The Duskfall really pulled themselves together to make a great final effort. I believe they already knew before releasing this album that they won't be together as a band for much longer and so they put all their effort into this album. And it shows. This is not a casual half-assed melodic death metal album, this is a worthy closer for a worthy band who showed us that with effort and willpower, everything is possible.



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Metalstyles
Staff Reviewer
August 17th 2009



8318 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

damn i soooooooo want to give this a four, but I am still not certain if this really deserves it. Might bump it to a four later on this year if it survives the time test

charlesfishowitz
August 17th 2009



1794 Comments


sup metalstylie

Nagrarok
August 17th 2009



8169 Comments


You bumped my review. Again. Good work one more. You're finished with these guys now, I was already wondering when this review was coming up. Congrats on completing it, even though the effort was not so great.

One might even presume that the production is done by Satan himself.

And nah, I would leave this out.

Just some sentences I didn't like apart from that, but a pos from me.

Metalstyles
Staff Reviewer
August 17th 2009



8318 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

sup Charles

And Nagrarok, what's wrong with that sentence, I like it hahahahaha. And yeah, sorry for bumping it, I don't usually look at the front page before posting.

Nagrarok
August 17th 2009



8169 Comments


I like the joke element, but it makes the review look less convincing. Just saying.

charlesfishowitz
August 17th 2009



1794 Comments


nm u

Willie
Moderator
August 17th 2009



15876 Comments


the guitar sound is a hell-of-a-lot more crunchier then ever before
I think a little more proof-reading would have made this review flow much more better. ;)

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Metalstyles
Staff Reviewer
August 17th 2009



8318 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

@ Charles
well since i finished this, i'll go and look if I can make this flow a bit better. After that it is just pure wanking, how 'bout you?

@Nagrarok
alright, if it bothers you that much, then i can delete it

@ Willie
actually, i agree with you, I had too many ideas on my mind and so, some of my sentences may look a bit weird, i'll go and look over it

Nagrarok
August 17th 2009



8169 Comments


Nah, it doesn't bother me that much, but it's just the convincingness that goes down a bit. I really don't care what the hell you do with it.

Metalstyles
Staff Reviewer
August 17th 2009



8318 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I am already in the process of editing so it's not really a problme to take that part out

Metalstyles
Staff Reviewer
August 17th 2009



8318 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

ok done. You were right Willie, there were a couple of awkward phrases, it is much better now

Willie
Moderator
August 17th 2009



15876 Comments


I was just being a smartass based off of the sentence I quoted. The term "more crunchier" to be specific.

Metalstyles
Staff Reviewer
August 17th 2009



8318 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

fuck I still have it hahah. So is the term " a lot more crunchier" gramatically wrong? Educate me haha

Willie
Moderator
August 17th 2009



15876 Comments


"crunchier" implies that whatever you're talking about is more crunchy than something else. So to use both "more" and "crunchier" together is redundant. Use "crunchier" or "more crunchy" but not both.

Metalstyles
Staff Reviewer
August 17th 2009



8318 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

alright thank you for clearing that up. looking at my sentence then i'll go with just "crunchier"


Metalstyles
Staff Reviewer
August 17th 2009



8318 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Done. Glad we got that settled, you satisfied now or do u have more complaints? If you have, throw 'em at me

wierd, all of my Duskfall reviews have lost one pos, I wonder why is that.

asylum667
March 1st 2011



141 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

This album kicks ass.
Great review!

CaptainDooRight
August 23rd 2012



28329 Comments


solid rev bro pos, it's been a while since I heard this

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