Fell Voices
Fell Voices


3.5
great

Review

by Hawks USER (71 Reviews)
January 11th, 2011 | 113 replies


Release Date: 2009 | Tracklist

Review Summary: A solid debut from an atmospheric black metal band that has better days to come.

Fell Voices and Ash Borer are two bands that can be seen in pretty much the same light. Up until their split album in the year 2010, nobody really knew who either band was. Each respective band is from the California area of the United States, not really the place you think of when you think of black metal. However, they have shed some light upon all fans of atmospheric black metal and this album, Fell Voices' 2009 debut full-length, is a prime example. While it's not anything original and has been heard many times before when it comes to atmospheric black metal, Fell Voices are still a very talented up-and-coming band and their work has shown that they have better days to come.

One thing about this album is that it's only two songs and clocks in at just under 40 minutes. The first track, As Air to Flame, So Time to Oblivion, is almost 19 minutes long and the second track, To You I Call, That I Better Know My Solitude, is a few seconds over 21 minutes. Now to some people, this might not sound appealing at all. If you get turned off by long, repetitive songs, then this album isn't for you. As I sort of touched on earlier, Fell Voices opts for the more atmospheric and even drone-esque type of black metal. That means slow, repetitive riffing that is meant to put you in a trance, and the band definitely succeeds in doing that. There's also parts where they slow it way down to give you just pure ambiance, take for example about 9 minutes into the first track. Drumming here is very slow and doom-like as well. That's where the drone aspect comes in. There's some faster, blast beating parts, but for the most part it's just slow and agonizing. At the same time, the drums are technically proficient. Drumming reminds me a lot of the work from Panopticon. An example of that can be found around the 5-6 minute mark of the second track. Even some sound effects are put into use, such as birds chirping and rain falling. Anything to create that "Cascadian" atmosphere that they're going for.

The part about the album that holds it back from being a 4 is the vocal department, which is pretty insubstantial and absent. When the vocals do come along, they're very much distorted and in the background, similar to bands such as Xasthur and the aforementioned Ash Borer. Very well done when you hear them, but yes they're buried underneath everything else and to be honest, there's not a lot of vocal work on the album. Most of the time it's just the guitars and drums going and the vocalist kind of just shows up during a few parts of the album. That doesn't take anything away whatsoever from the quality that the instruments present, but if you like vocal work in your metal, like I do, then you may be disappointed by the lack of vocals here.

This isn't the best material that this band has put out. Their work on the Ash Borer split as well as their most recent release, which is the 2010 Tour CD-R, showcases better the skills of this band. With that being said, this was only their debut and they have shown that they're only taking steps forward from here. Still, this is a quality atmospheric black metal album for a debut. If you're one for being put in a haze and sort of losing yourself in the music and the instrumentals, then this is an album that you'll definitely want to pick up. There are plenty of fantastic riffs throughout and technically, Fell Voices succeeds in doing what they want to do with this album and that's all that matters.



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Hawks
January 11th 2011


35824 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Solid album. Needed a review.

Hawks
January 11th 2011


35824 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Alright I'll edit. Thanks man.

Tyrael
January 11th 2011


20883 Comments


He shoots and... he scores! Again very solid review Hawks. Pos.

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Hawks
January 11th 2011


35824 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Haha thanks bro. I'm sure you would like this, if you haven't heard it yet. And also the Ash Borer demo.

Tyrael
January 11th 2011


20883 Comments


Actually I did but my rating dissapeared for some reason, weird...

Hawks
January 11th 2011


35824 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

That's happened to me before too haha. Have you heard the Ash Borer demo as well?

Tyrael
January 11th 2011


20883 Comments


As a matter of fact, no I haven't! I could use some black metal recs since I'm a total black metal noob(except for Mercyful Fate) so thanks for that.

Crisis
January 11th 2011


169 Comments


I agree with the rating and with the fact that they got better as they went along. I like their side of the split with Ash Borer a lot.

Hawks
January 11th 2011


35824 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

As a matter of fact, no I haven't! I could use some black metal recs since I'm a total black metal noob(except for Mercyful Fate) so thanks for that.

No problem man. I prefer Ash Borer out of the two bands.
I agree with the rating and with the fact that they got better as they went along. I like their side of the split with Ash Borer a lot.

Definitely man. Their 2010 Tour CD-R is probably the best material they have produced. The stuff on the split is ace as well.

wyankeif1337
January 11th 2011


6739 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

good review. their other work (the split, the tour demo) is better than this

Darkvoid67
January 11th 2011


383 Comments


Holy balls, yet another Hawks review. This was yet another good stride. You seem to have hit a flow, keep it up dude. Pos

Defeater
January 11th 2011


5782 Comments


when is ash borer going to release something on a legit label?

Hawks
January 11th 2011


35824 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Thanks to both of you guys. And I agree this is the weakest of all of their stuff, but it's still damn solid.

wyankeif1337
January 11th 2011


6739 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

they're too kvlt and shit. i actually prefer them to Fell Voices, but they're both great.

Hawks
January 11th 2011


35824 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I definitely like Ash Borer better. Their demo is fucking great. Fell Voices hasn't released anything bad though so I can't complain.

Xenophanes
Emeritus
January 11th 2011


10594 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Congrats on your 70th, bud. Nice work as usual!

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Hawks
January 11th 2011


35824 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Thanks brother. Man 70, I'm getting up there!

Xenophanes
Emeritus
January 11th 2011


10594 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I know man, you're up there with me now!

Hawks
January 11th 2011


35824 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I didn't even realize you had that many reviews and I also had no idea you've been here since 2009. Only really came into contact with you a few months ago haha.

Xenophanes
Emeritus
January 11th 2011


10594 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I only had about 700 comments and 20 reviews a few months ago. I've been a lurker/user since 2008 but have only been really "active" since about late september 2010 haha.



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