False
Untitled


3.5
great

Review

by zaruyache USER (24 Reviews)
July 23rd, 2015 | 70 replies


Release Date: 2015 | Tracklist

Review Summary: “Untitled” continues where “Dead as Dreams” left off, fifteen years ago.

While False play keyboard-heavy atmospheric black metal they seem to play it like few others, favoring an emphasis on song structure and frequent riff changes to straight-up atmosphere building. While keyboards are often used by similar acts to provide a melodic framework to support guitars of usually slower tempos (Summoning, Midnight Odyssey), False more frequently use them as a constant melodic contrast to their ever-shifting cold riffs and frantic tempos. The result on their debut is five tracks that twist and turn through a gamut of black metal aesthetics from creeping doom to epic blasting Emperor worship and beyond--always with that distinct melodic edge.

As Untitled mostly barrels through its five tracks and sixty-minute runtime the raw recording quality often gives you that sense of half-missing something, yet still weirdly experiencing it--like a ghost in your memory. Recorded completely live by the band, the countless melodies, leads and keyboard lines often become buried under one another to the point where the listener occasionally can’t totally be sure if they’re there or not, they become so subtle. It’s like when you listen to a song you’ve heard before but background noise makes it hard to hear completely; your brain fills in the gaps from memory and you feel as if you can really hear it--the melodies, the beats--without actually experiencing it all consciously. While moving much of the melodic work on the album from “main focal point” to “subtle detail” in the mix might sound like a horrid idea, it actually mostly works to False’s benefit. This inadvertent moving of melody to the background actually gives the record a much more consistently suffocating atmosphere and allows the record to more easily retain its cacophonous energy, while still leaving enough room to simultaneously be “pretty.”

In terms of songwriting, False for the most part seem to be heavily concerned with keeping a frantic atmosphere through sheer song dynamics, using sudden changes of riff or tempo to keep the listener on their toes for much of the album. No single idea seems to overstay its welcome, instead being replaced by the next at just the right moment. While this doesn’t necessarily make False a progressive act, Untitled definitely shows a band willing to go against the grain and utilize a much more complicated route to songwriting than that usually employed by its contemporaries. While many atmospheric black metal bands often utilize repeated chord progressions to create a hypnotic atmosphere to suck in the listener, False often seem intent on doing the opposite, using quick changes in riffs with little impact on tempo to give many of these changes a sort of stop-start, “whiplash” element. Which is to say, instead of fully hypnotizing the listener through repetition, False use their black metal aesthetics to lull their audience just enough before violently shaking them into wakefulness, again and again.

While the songwriting is excellent, though, the recording style does seem to rob the album of some of its potential power--because individual instruments tend to get buried underneath everything else at times, many of the fantastic leads and keyboard lines end up not having as large an impact on the sound as they could--and arguably should--have had if they were recorded individually, with a more traditional setup. That being said, the much more “raw” sound also has its appeal, giving the record a distinctly “claustrophobic” black metal feel which most listeners probably won’t take as an entirely as a bad thing, even if it does rob the record of some of its potential.

In the end, False have crafted a mammoth of a record with their debut, filling it with an hour’s worth of ever-shifting, raw atmospheric black metal. Traversing everything from doom to blistering Emperor-inspired crescendos, Untitled seems to showcase a band well on it’s way to becoming a top contender in the burgeoning American black metal scene.

3.7/5



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zaruyache
July 23rd 2015


21606 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0 | Sound Off

A little late to feed off the Bandcamp hypetrain, but this is still a pretty significant black metal record from this year.

Stream: http://gileadmedia.bandcamp.com/album/untitled-2015

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YakNips
July 23rd 2015


19902 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

gr88 albumm

Wizard
July 23rd 2015


20232 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Well done with the review. I simply don't agree, this is stupidly average bm that feels thrown together. They don't pull the whole pseudo-raw thing off very well either.



“Untitled” continues where “Dead as Dreams” left off, fifteen years ago.



No! Given this ample chances and they couldn't be further away in terms of quality.

zaruyache
July 23rd 2015


21606 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0 | Sound Off

i will fight u wiz don't push me bra

Evreaia
July 23rd 2015


5132 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

I rather like this album

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hansoloshotfirst
July 23rd 2015


1419 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

good review. a great album which has grown quite a lot on me.

zaruyache
July 23rd 2015


21606 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0 | Sound Off

Comparing this band to Weakling is offensive because this band is infinitely better than Weakling.



don't act like i'm afraid to take wiz and you both on for your respective heresies cus i ain't, suckah

Balerion
July 23rd 2015


1038 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

I might write my first ever review to this

zaruyache
July 23rd 2015


21606 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0 | Sound Off

Do it. Anything to get the hype train going. This was #1 on Bandcamp for bm for a surprising while, yet everywhere else it seems to be ignored :-[

Insurrection
July 23rd 2015


24735 Comments


weakling fucking rules

Balerion
July 23rd 2015


1038 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

I'm considering it. I think you wrote a fantastic review and I agree with you on a lot of points, but that might be the only thing holding me back. I definitely agree that this release needs more exposure

TheBarber
July 23rd 2015


3849 Comments


didn't get much out of this tbh

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zaruyache
July 23rd 2015


21606 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0 | Sound Off

Try their demo? The production works much better and Rachel uses more screams and snarls than continuous growling like she does here. It's not as proggy, either, so you might like it even if you didn't like this.

TheSpirit
Contributing Reviewer
July 23rd 2015


26211 Comments


Why did you make the Weakling reference in the summary and then go on to not to expand on that thought at all in the review?

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zaruyache
July 23rd 2015


21606 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0 | Sound Off

Because i suk

TheBarber
July 23rd 2015


3849 Comments


will do!

feanaro
July 24th 2015


1055 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

album is so tight. band murders live too.

Wizard
July 24th 2015


20232 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Comparing this band to Weakling is offensive because this band is infinitely better than Weakling.



No way you just said this.



As for comparisons, Dissection and old Satyricon.

zaruyache
July 24th 2015


21606 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0 | Sound Off

Someone wants martyr'd

Evreaia
July 24th 2015


5132 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

I'm starting a lynch OvDeath party,



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