(8/10) For some it‘s noise, for others it‘s chaos and for metalheads it‘s a treat for their ears – Fallujah‘s new album.
Now, as you might know this kind of metal is not exactly where my roots are. However, it‘s this kind of records that are challenging and like a musical curveball. And as not being a musical encyclopaedia either I had Fallujah on my radar but never paid a lot of attention to them in the past. The moment I received their newest album ‚Undying Light‘ was in my case more like expect the unexpected and I must say that the album carries great music. Listening to ‘Undying Light’ challenges ears and mind.
Fallujah is certainly rooted in extreme metal. It‘s Death Metal, Deathcore and Technical Metal being the pillars of their sound and also the new album‘s build on this foundation. Brutal riffs are omnipresent and it‘s the new frontman Antonio Palermo that screams ones head off. This might be a reason for fans of more traditional metal to steer clear of this album but also these readers of this review should give the album a chance.
As said, Fallujah is extreme metal and it‘s complex, but this is only one side of the coin. The album also features calmer and almost fragile passages, which are a perfect contrast to the harsh outbursts. By having this contrary sounds on the album things shift from relentless brutality to an interesting and varying mix. The two kinds of sounds support each other in perfection and intensity with ‚Last Light‘ being good example where all elements come together.
I must say that each spin of this record made Fallujah‘s music more exciting to me and in the meantime the longplayer belongs to my faves this year. Maybe you would like to give this album a chance too. It’s very worth it.
- Glass House
- Last Light
- The Ocean Above
- Eyes Like The Sun
- Distant And Cold
Label: Nuclear Blast
Genre: Technical Death Metal
Release Date EU: March 15th, 2019