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  • Sean Sky

    3.5 is actually exactly where I was placing this album. Maybe it’ll grow to a 4 over time but a solid 3.5 feels right. There are some very solid tracks on here, and I really like the opener for this album. I don’t think this will ever become my favorite FoR record but it’s a nice offering.

    In terms of the mix: I think FoR always has excellent mixes.

  • André Snyde Lopes

    I like their last one better than this one (it was in my top 10 of 2014) but there’s a lot of atmosphere and a lot of juice on this one. Shore was a bit more forlorn and black than this one, which I find a lot more chill. I like them both in different ways.

    • Same. However this one sure does sound sweet. Another victory for dynamic metal.

    • Matthew

      I still adore their split with Panopticon as well.

  • Chris

    Speaking of Agalloch, are you guys just going to ignore the new Pillorian album?

    • Sean Sky

      I think that Pillorian album was really good but not necessarily great. I’d rank it lower than most Agalloch albums (granted, that’s a really high bar in my eyes). A couple tracks sound super Agalloch influenced but most of it is much more “pure” black metal. Gonna have to give it a few more listens but I’m probably putting it at 3.5 right next to this FoR album.

      • Chris

        That’s about where I’d put it as well. Didn’t blow my socks off, but it wasn’t a bad debut either. If it didn’t have the Agalloch comparison to live up to, I might rate it higher.

        I’m actually more excited to hear what comes from Khorada, which is the rest of Agalloch plus a guy from Giant Squid.

        • Sean Sky

          Yeah, they’re on my radar too. Curious to see what that turns into.

    • El_Cuervo

      While we generally operate a “no promo, no review” system there are exceptions where someone particularly likes a new album. But I don’t think anyone was particularly into it. I wasn’t.

    • It’s a 4/5 for sure

  • pfk505

    Falls of Rauros’ last album was as close to 5.0 territory as just about any album could be, at least for me personally. It checks all the boxes, meaning it has a unique sound, a thematic presence which one can identify throughout the whole album, it mixes aggression and emotion in equal measure, and just plain sounds fantastic. VP is a more than worthy follow-up, but so far I’ve yet to become as personally attached to it. With time I expect that I will – it has all the same ingredients.

    This is a band I return to again and again, they are absolutely among the very best at what they do.

    • You wot m8?

      Really? That’s very interesting, as I’ve always thought of The Light Which Dwells… to be the crown jewel of FoR. Out of curiosity, what draws you more towards Believe in No Coming Shore?

      • pfk505

        Well it’s one of those albums which has an identifiable theme which runs through the entire thing and recurs at several different points (intro, halfway through Ancestors of Smoke, Spectral Eyes, outro) and for whatever reason it just hits the spot. I love the quiet moments on the album so much, but they mix perfectly with the aggressive ones. I also think Waxen Voices and Spectral Eyes are two of their best ever songs.

        Another thing that may explain it was that I saw most of the songs played live, which was a fantastic experience. I’ve been following the band since very close to the beginning (pre-2010 anyway) and I live in a town which sees very few good bands, so the nostalgia factor was there too.

  • Carlos Marrickvillian

    One of the better albums of 2014. They out Agalloched Agalloch with the last one.. I’ll be checking this out for sure.

  • You wot m8?

    How do I keep missing upcoming releases like this? These guys are one of my top ten bands, yet I somehow completely missed the memo. It’s starting to become a pattern…

    It’s okay, I’ll just self-flagellate and blast this shit ’til my ears shrivel. Fair?

  • Feytalist

    I’ve never been able to get into Falls of Rauros. This album is not the one to change my mind.

    That’s okay. I’ll just be spinning The Mantle even more.

    • You wot m8?

      What do you think of the remaster of the Mantle?

  • Drew Music

    It is such a relief to hear of Maine music that isn’t Howie Day or fucking Spose. I feel that I have sinned in my unfamiliarity with apparent Agalloch protégés from 20 minutes outside my hometown, but I’m excited at the prospect of a little faith restoration. Quite the compelling review, I’ll be exploring their discography ASAP.

    • Drew Music

      Follow-up: holy sweet baby Satan on a steak these guys are good, thank you for introducing these guys to me! I’m almost proud of this time-forgotten heap of poverty pretending to be a state now.

  • Reese Burns

    Falls of Rauros have been one of my favourite black metal acts for a while now. Looking foreword to hearing this one!

    • Sean Sky

      I’ll assume “foreward” wasn’t an accidental misspelling of “forward” but was meant to be a reference to the latest Disperse album. =)

      • Reese Burns

        Yeah, good catch. Thanks!

        • Sean Sky

          I love that Disperse album. So upbeat and catchy.

  • The Unicorn

    Really great CD from these boys, and a nice review to match.

  • Dudeguy Jones

    Love love love this record.

    I do wonder though… Is post black really a term worth using much? Its really getting blurred and seems to indicate any black metal song that has a non black metal element.

    While they do probably hit some Caspian / Explosions In the Sky tremolo melodies that scream post-rock, I feel that a lot of their elements aren’t post-anything, but rather blue grass, folk, rock (of the classic and blues variety). Sure, done with distorted guitars and racing riffs at times, but often not.

    Anyway, not a criticism of your review (the only criticism I had is that I definite put this north of 4.0, but thats all opinions), just actively trying to decide how I feel about this whole “post” thing. The term “Post rock” still hasn’t settled as a good term for me even after all these years, so to hear it so often in regards to metal is getting blurry.

    • Dudeguy Jones

      Also, I’ve never listened to Agalloch and not been impatient to put on something else. I see an awful lot of bands compared to them, and yet… I just don’t think its ever a comparison I can get behind.

      Opeth gets this distinction to. I guess I like a lot of bands that ape both bands style, but I literally have never enjoyed any of either bands work.