Falls of Rauros
Patterns in Mythology


5.0
classic

Review

by Robert Garland CONTRIBUTOR (287 Reviews)
July 22nd, 2019 | 554 replies


Release Date: 2019 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Beauty in music redefined.

When it comes to premium music there's few acts that deserve the highest of critical and personal accolades. Sure, there's a host of albums any one person can mention in any pertaining enjoyable category. But those that stand above, truly heads and shoulders above, stand amongst very few. Falls Of Rauros are in fact, one of these premiere acts, even if they're not the first to come to mind. It’s also fitting that their latest, Patterns In Mythology takes on everything this band has achieved throughout their career, but holds on dearly to a self-assured, surreal and grounded approach to expanding their hold on relevant black metal. Come 2019, Falls Of Rauros continue painting a lush soundscape that is equal parts arctic desolation and unending dizzying hope.

Patterns In Mythology essentially picks up where Vigilance Perennial left off, but it’s far from being that black and white. While the former relied heavily on grandeur and epic sensibilities, Patterns In Mythology lives in pure atmosphere. Right from the album’s more sensual beginnings in “Détournement,” Falls Of Rauros take their careers’ statement and build on the barreling lushness of the genre’s very stereotypes. Sure, it could be argued that all of this has been done before, but rarely at this calibre. Everything about Patterns In Mythology demands attention. From “Détournement”’s steady build of majesty to the Swarth-ly cold pummel of “Weapons Of Refusal,” listeners are catapulted from one emotion to the extreme of another. From wistful longingness to the raspy furor of isolation, Falls Of Rauros have mastered their art. It’s ambitious, not to mention insanely immersive, how this Maine act can draw in their listeners with any combination black metal aesthetic (tremolo guitar passages, blast beats, snarls and growls etc.) and lustful folk-y melodies without boring a listener over a moderate eleven minute run-time. It’s matured in its furious approach, like a landslide from above the descent is indiscriminate, abrupt and devastating. But it’s also complemented by some dancing melodies that hold the tumult and roar of Falls Of Rauros’ music together.

As the record progresses a few things become clear. First, Falls Of Rauros have been building towards this moment with little to no indication of slowing down. With a few gorgeous melodies in tow, they release their albums with increased proficiency. “New Inertia” stands to define this thought. Gentle notes dance across a wide portrait, more akin to airy brush strokes without clear purpose. It’s this almost contemplative theme that ties one song to another and the listener to the journey. In a record already filled to the brim with sheer quality, it’s a little harder to find a climax, but “Last Empty Tradition” is the apex of an already steep climb. An introduction filled with joyous virtuosity melds the emotive force with want, met with a gusto of on-point musicianship. It’s not flashy, and not at all innovative, but what is on offer here stands well above the need to push on stale boundaries. Instead, “Last Empty Tradition” transforms on itself, without forgetting that integral, all important melody line that carries the listener slowly to the Patterns In Mythology finale. “Last Empty Tradition”’s nine minute run-time may have a drawn out, wandering sense to it, but it’s far from a struggle to listen to. Its adulation, the self value of success, self-confidence and reinvigoration of soul that allows what comes next; full immersion, without trepidation or need for cautious hesitation. “Memory At Night” closes the album in the best possible way. Those bass lines you’ve been hearing for the album’s entirety help encapsulate every riff, support every drum passage take yet another step into frame. It bolsters the cleans, reinforces the gritty riff upheaval and adds a depth to music in a genre that sorely needed another hero to maintain its relevance. Falls Of Rauros’ 2019 effort is just enough of a black metal to keep the purists in line, but its foundation of atmospheric folk transcends the normal bounds of what is expected from the realms of atmospheric black metal. The wanderings of “Memory At Night” provide a sensual benchmark of quality, without the usual trappings of genre conformity.

There are those who find the likes of this years’ Saor or Cân Bardd ‘too’ epic, but the restrained Patterns In Mythology is clearly a story, told expertly by narrators who know exactly what they’re doing. It’s not conventional (for what conventional would normally require in such a soundscape) but neither is it outlandish. The guys from Maine highlight balance; whether it be musicianship, the balance of the album’s mixing or even the when needed approach of its vocal sections that prevents all manners of an overbearing, unwelcoming listen. For forty-five minutes listeners experience a masterclass of modern black metal that leans heavily on its folk-y atmospherics, joyful notes and artful mid-paced rhythms. Patterns In Mythology is an album full of successes, for fans and fans of music everywhere.



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Nocte
Contributing Reviewer
July 22nd 2019


9879 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Many thanks to Granitenotebook for his polite and gentle proofings.



AOTY Sput.

ramon.
Contributing Reviewer
July 22nd 2019


3262 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

press x to doubt



summary and last line seems like a cop out but otherwise a nice and lovingly wanky review nocte. cant love it til i try it i guess! gonna spin it today methinks

brainmelter
July 22nd 2019


6581 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Damn the hype is real

New Inertia bangs

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Nocte
Contributing Reviewer
July 22nd 2019


9879 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

summary and last line seems like a cop out




They were the most cringe-lines I've written in a while and the usual reason why you won't see me do too many 5/5 reviews.

ramon.
Contributing Reviewer
July 22nd 2019


3262 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

kudos lmfao, yea 5 reviews can be shithouse to write

AdolfChrist
July 22nd 2019


21929 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

"gargantuan eleven minute run-time."



Gargantuan is a bit of a strong word for an 11 minute song in a genre where plenty of bands have up to 15-20 minute songs. Nitpicking aside, good review.

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Nocte
Contributing Reviewer
July 22nd 2019


9879 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Point taken, I mean we could be listening to some 50 min funeral doom metal dirges. Might edit out later.

MiloRuggles
July 22nd 2019


79 Comments


Good review, I need to check this and recheck their discography.

Nocte
Contributing Reviewer
July 22nd 2019


9879 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

yeah, the last few are definitely good to revisit.

Egarran
July 22nd 2019


12063 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Great review.

What I often notice in their music is the lo-fi production concealing some real musical skill. I don't think I will ever get that sloppy drum sound for example. But he's good and unique. And often during a solo I feel this guy is almost too good for obscure nature bm.

But somwhow it all magically works.

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brainmelter
July 22nd 2019


6581 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

often during a solo I feel this guy is almost too good for obscure nature bm.


this is how I feel about Volahn



AdolfChrist
July 22nd 2019


21929 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

i'm liking this a lot, might be the first FOR album i really love.

AdolfChrist
July 22nd 2019


21929 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

the way Last Empty Tradition starts is just wow.

Nocte
Contributing Reviewer
July 22nd 2019


9879 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Agreed, most definitely

MarsKid
Contributing Reviewer
July 22nd 2019


9819 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

This is certainly some glowing praise! But at the same time it's hard to ignore that the overarching idea is that this isn't anything new, just the norm done better than others. Makes me a bit skeptical but I still look forward to hearing this. Nice writing

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zaruyache
July 22nd 2019


21209 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Album is very very good regardless of uniqueness agreed

SowingSeason
Moderator
July 22nd 2019


31903 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Damn Atari 5'd this too? My arm feels a little twisted.

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Nocte
Contributing Reviewer
July 22nd 2019


9879 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Atari has the elbow, I've got a finger or two. I am interested to know how a Yellowcard loving Sowing would rate this.

MarsKid
Contributing Reviewer
July 22nd 2019


9819 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Depends, are there refrains and violins?

osmark86
July 22nd 2019


9171 Comments


I love Yellowcard too, but that in no way hinders me from being a fan of this band. these guys are bloody great and this is sounding really good so far.



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