When I hear of bands that have progressed to the point of being completely new and unique sounding bands, I wouldn't have even thought to blink an eye when I heard a technical death metal band could be capable of this. While the genre itself can still be very enjoyable, most of it is riddled with poor songwriting and monotonous structuring. That being said, the technical death metal band, Fallujah, have progressed to the point where a genre tag is kind of hard to uniquely decipher and, oh wow, what a difference this has made.
I never would have even thought that the same band that made the album The Harvest Wombs
, would be able to create something as unique and equally technical as they have done here. Stylistically everything on this album has been ramped up to the 11th setting. Nothing on this album sounds as if it has been done before or conveyed in the same way that Fallujah have done. The riffs are much more highly interesting, the songwriting is much more mature and bright, the atmosphere is euphoric and the brutality of this is pummeling. The production on this album, while it may sound a little polished, brings a fresh new and angelic light to the side of technical death metal. Its aesthetic is something that I've been hoping to hear and experience for quite some time and with their EP Nomadic
, they've finally shed some spotlight on it. Bringing in immensley harmonious, progressive, atmospheric and at times almost post rock or metal textures, like maybe late ISIS, to the signature style of modern technical death metal is something that needed to be brought to the listener's expense. Songs like "Starlit Path" and "Sapphire" carry this very beautiful and pleasurable aesthetic and combine it with very pummeling and furious death metal, while other songs like the ending to "Levitation", "The Flesh Prevails", and "Allure" are just beautiful progressive metal pieces akin to the like of say Scale the Summit, Chimp Spanner or Cynic. The only band I can even conjure that could come close to a sound as this is Augury and even then that is a slightly poor comparison.
While the album does sound very modern and clean, the sheer amount of emotion that's shown on this album is simply overwhelming. The riff's are absolutely pummeling and the atmosphere is completely devouring of any negativity. The blending of these two very contrasting nuances was something that needed to happen and I, for one, could not be more pleased with the results. It might sound silly to say, but modern metal may see a new face in the upcoming months with this release. A few tears were shed and an applause was in order for these gentlemen.