October Falls
A Collapse of Faith


4.0
excellent

Review

by Kyle Ward STAFF
May 27th, 2010 | 57 replies | 12,553 views


Release Date: 2010 | Tracklist


The trick to the effectiveness of A Collapse Of Faith lies in its composition. Instead of the ambitious, daunting undertaking that the album appears to be upon first glance, it is a powerhouse of grace and fluidity. The riffs evolve and grow as a singular cohesive unit, and don’t go out of their way to impress but instead aim to build upon the progression of the album. In other words, the musicianship is neither flashy nor wandering, but instead it is focused and concentrates on building and building upon itself until all comes crashing down in a crescendo of tremolo-picked riffs and spewing vocals, only to start all over again with a single acoustic guitar piece that begins the cycle anew.

It’s difficult to format an album like A Collapse Of Faith and not lose the listener to boredom halfway through. For all intents and purposes, A Collapse Of Faith is one track; they all flow together seamlessly and often one “part” carries riffs over to the next. The raspy vocals of Letho work flawlessly with the atmosphere of the album, as often times many of the electric guitar riffs are fast-paced and seem almost desperate, backed by the subtle plucking of a classical guitar. The integration of both acoustic and electric guitar leads is key to the overall structure of the album, as both are fused together at the hip and are used like they are one entity. It’s worth noting, also, that the drumming of Marko Tarvonen (of Moonsorrow fame) adds another dimension of rhythm to the album, but also an essential atmospheric touch with his chaotic fills that help transition from one riff to the next.

The real beauty of the album, though, lies in its simplicity: it takes only a handful of core riffs and throws in countless subtle variations to make the forty-two minute running time seem like half that. It is a culmination of what October Falls has composed over the past few years, from the running piano melodies and atmospheric folk of Marras to the seamless integration of black metal influences in their previous album The Womb Of Primordial Nature. Some may see A Collapse Of Faith as simply a repeat of their last album, but that would be both naïve and completely false. A Collapse Of Faith is the most enjoyable, most focused, and most well-written album October Falls has put out to date. The potential which was shown on The Womb Of Primordial Nature has begun to break through, and the future of October Falls looks better than ever.



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Crysis
Staff Reviewer
May 27th 2010



16025 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Really impressed with how this album turned out.

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Foxhound
May 27th 2010



4570 Comments


You writing is fantastic. pos

and I'll go find this.

jingledeath
May 27th 2010



7104 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

great album this

Crysis
Staff Reviewer
May 27th 2010



16025 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Thanks Fox, definitely go listen to this if it even sounds remotely interesting because it's worth it.


6666

Relinquished
May 27th 2010



22421 Comments


don't comment ever

Crysis
Staff Reviewer
May 27th 2010



16025 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

ok i wont







shit

Relinquished
May 27th 2010



22421 Comments


****
THAT'S ONCE IN A LIFETIME

Metalstyles
Staff Reviewer
May 27th 2010



8223 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

nice job Crysis. Dunno if I'll get this though - not too big a fan of these epic one-song albums

Crysis
Staff Reviewer
May 27th 2010



16025 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

It's actually three songs that are more or less one song if that helps ;)

Relinquished
May 27th 2010



22421 Comments


there are so many good one-track albums

verdun
zozobra
i
ghost
dopesmoker
el mundo frio
etc.

Metalstyles
Staff Reviewer
May 27th 2010



8223 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

@Crysis
Well, I'm still pessimistic haha. On the other hand though, you did give this a 4 and those cool summer nights are coming where I like to listen to such dark folkish metal so maybe I'll still get this based on your reccomendation

Crysis
Staff Reviewer
May 27th 2010



16025 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

cool summer nights are coming where I like to listen to such dark folkish metal

Honestly dude this is the perfect album if that's what you're looking for.

Metalstyles
Staff Reviewer
May 27th 2010



8223 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

ok fine then, but only because you strongly recommended it :P

Ponton
Emeritus
May 27th 2010



5775 Comments


Good review

Was wondering when this would finally get released, heard they had some problems or something

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Crysis
Staff Reviewer
May 27th 2010



16025 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Yeah it was delayed a month because of printing issues. It came out on the 21st of this month.

TheSpirit
May 27th 2010



16666 Comments


Awesome review, i was wondering if you were going to do this

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Dryden
May 27th 2010



12820 Comments


i wasnt wondering, i knew he would

Crysis
Staff Reviewer
May 27th 2010



16025 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

dryden you know people better than they know themselves its scary

BallsToTheWall
May 27th 2010



44164 Comments


Kosher review.

lobby
May 27th 2010



1251 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

i was waiting for this to drop, finding now



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