Dopamine
Dying Away In The Deep Fall


4.0
excellent

Review

by Angel STAFF
August 15th, 2011 | 81 replies | 11,085 views


Release Date: 2011 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Someone finally got it right.

The fusion of black metal and post-rock isn’t exactly new. In fact, it’s been attempted by numerous bands over the past several years. On paper, it sounds like a match made in heaven - a blissful marriage of crystalline tremolo riffing, passionate vocals, and climactic song structures. However, this theoretical juxtaposition of immense beauty against primal aggression almost always seems to fall short of being realized to full potential. Instead of being an enveloping ride of emotion and atmosphere, these efforts at musical alchemy usually turn out to be just plain boring. Fortunately, one small band (from China, of all places) finally found the Philosopher’s Stone. However, just as hope was redeemed, Dopamine disbanded. They can now best be remembered through this unofficial release, a collection of their best material originally featured on demos and splits.

Dying Away in the Deep Fall opens with the jangly riffing that can be attributed as the hallmark of guitar-driven post-rock not unlike Explosions in the Sky. Soothing passages build and release their energy like a Venusaur’s Solar Beam. This ebb and flow draws the listener in to an attractive aural word tinged with palpable lament. Subtle dynamics in riff composition keep things fresh and interesting while the effectively executed rhythm components offer anchoring support. Just over fifteen minutes in, shrieks and accompanying blasts take hold and add a further tormented and more aggressive component to the portrait as the vocals go on to be contrasted against a backdrop of more serene guitar work. The fourth track opens immediately with a brief but frenzied metallic assault before fading back into gentler territory only to erupt once again. The emulsion is complete. The lighter opening tracks, complete entities themselves, help to transition the greater design from commingling to a more homogenous sonic union. The simple thoughtfulness in track arrangement allows for tracks that weren’t originally intended to poise one another to do exactly that.

While the prospect of what Dopamine could have achieved given a larger span in which to hone their sound is tantalizing, Dying Away in the Deep Fall is a lovely remembrance of success already actualized. And while the band itself may never produce more material, its works remain to offer a glimpse at a formula that produces results surpassing its peers. One can only hope that this obscure group reaches a high enough pedestal for the already acclaimed acts of this persuasion to take notes, because this is how it should be done.



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AngelofDeath
Staff Reviewer
August 15th 2011



16134 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

FMA reference: check
Pokémon reference: check

> Alcest, Heretoir, etc.

Blindsided
August 15th 2011



1871 Comments


Greatest review ever because of references. pos.
I'm just about halfway through Brotherhood ironically.

Blackbelt54
August 15th 2011



4268 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

lol at first I thought this was The Dopamines

still I should check this out

BigHans
August 15th 2011



26455 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Pos for the use of the word juxtaposition

AngelofDeath
Staff Reviewer
August 15th 2011



16134 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Conversely, I pos'd your review for use of the phrase "slaughtering wooly rhinos".

BigHans
August 15th 2011



26455 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

yesssssssssssss

iFghtffyrdmns
August 15th 2011



7047 Comments


that first paragraph had some golden fucking sentences in it, very well articulated and thought out. way to go angel.

doesn't sound like something I'd like

Hawks
August 15th 2011



34422 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Nice review man. Guess I need to hear this.

Digging: Equilibrium - Erdentempel

BigHans
August 15th 2011



26455 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

would I like this? cause you know what I like by now.

psykonaut
August 15th 2011



3913 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Instead of being an enveloping ride of emotion and atmosphere, these efforts at musical alchemy usually turn out to be just plain boring. Fortunately, one small band (from China, of all places) finally found the Philosopher’s Stone.

hahaha, i wonder who they sacrificed in order to make this album.
i downloaded this a long time ago but still haven't listened to it, should probably get on that. good review etc.

AngelofDeath
Staff Reviewer
August 15th 2011



16134 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

You liked Ecailles de Lune, right? Still has some harsh vocals, but I think you'd still somewhat enjoy this.

BigHans
August 15th 2011



26455 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

love Escailles de Lune

AngelofDeath
Staff Reviewer
August 15th 2011



16134 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

This is pretty firmly on the post-rock side, but there are still hints of that "blackgaze" sound or whatever it's being called.

eternium
August 15th 2011



16304 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

You're awesome for reviewing this.

Tyrael
August 15th 2011



20727 Comments


Fantastic review, you should consider running for contributor.
That said, I'm not sure if I would enjoy this...

fsharptrit0ne
August 15th 2011



4814 Comments


I'm pretty excited to hear this, nice review

eternium
August 15th 2011



16304 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Give it a shot.

psykonaut
August 15th 2011



3913 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

this is pretty fucking awesome. post-rock climaxes and blastbeats...a match made in heaven.

Acanthus
August 15th 2011



9537 Comments


A great read, pos'd

Digging: The Cure - The Head on the Door

ctaxxxx
August 15th 2011



222 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0 | Sound Off

YES!!! Finally this got a review! Great band, great review. Pos'd



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