OCTOBER FALLS – A Collapse of Faith CD
Like all of this Finnish band’s releases it’s always recommended to listen while alone. Their dark yet hypnotic sound is not something you wish to share with guests. You’re better off just letting them borrow it or burn them a copy. I’d warn you because giving this or any one of their previous releases as a gift is akin to handing a gun to someone who is obviously suicidal. This band’s music is so miserable and weighty but yet so lush with that post Black Metal ambience that dances around your psyche. You can’t do anything when the music is playing except sit there, listen and contemplate life’s bleak outlook. M. Lehto’s vocals sound like some forest beast whose foot is caught in a trap, has lost his life long mate to a hunter and hasn’t eaten in a week. We’re talking some serious pain here people. Even when the acoustic guitar passages intertwine with the sheer electric intensity of melodies there is no breaking from the sorrow. A Collapse of Faith is simply the title track cut into three pieces lasting over forty minutes. I think of them, actually it’s mainly M. Lehto who handles everything with two other guys on bass and drums, as a more Doom like DRUDKH.