Fallujah - Undying Light - Album Review
Fallujah - Undying Light - Album Review 7
Fallujah - Undying Light - Album Review 7
Fallujah - Undying Light - Album Review 7
Fallujah - Undying Light - Album Review 7
Fallujah - Undying Light - Album Review 7
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The fourth album from San Fran outfit Fallujah is an interesting one to say the least, typically technical/prog death metal but with added twists namely in new singer Antonio Palermo. His higher pitched range at times is a far cry from his more guttural predecessor but is nothing to fear as it gives the band a more dynamic sound and is a natural progression to take it to the next level. As good as it is there are one or two things that may throw some diehard fans, new vocalist aside, and it would be the fact that while each song is its own, it is hard to escape the fact that no song sounds discernibly different.

Scott Carstairs’ guitar playing is phenomenal but at times here it seems as if he has gotten lost in his own thoughts and things seem to go a bit wayward. Tracks like the opener “Glass House”, “Last Light” really stand out and play to Fallujah’s strengths, fast and with a hint of their old school hardcore days. “Dopamine” is a slower grinding track that has a haunting clean vocal break that gives it a nice twit before launching back to form. “The Ocean Above” goes from full on deathcore to a meandering minute and a half instrumental interlude to deathcore on a rather intriguing if not confusing track, but not really out of place. “Hallow” starts out strong with Palermo giving it socks, midway through it goes instrumental with some nice guitar work before Palermo comes back to close out a pretty decent track. “Sanctuary” is a ripper from start to finish, screaming vocals, massive drum and bass with brilliant guitars, one of the bet tracks here. “Distant And Cold” is one of the oddities on the album that make it stand out, a slow chugging beat with near clean and whispered vocals that just burn into your brain. “Departure” closes the album much like it started, kicking and screaming, a nice way to tie things up.

As good and as well produced as this album is, and it is a strong album, there just feels to be something missing and it is hard to put a finger on what it is

 

Connor

 

Tracklist:

1. Glass House 4:04
2. Last Light 4:34
3. Ultraviolet 3:20
4. Dopamine 5:27
5. The Ocean Above 4:48

6. Hollow 4:37

7. Sanctuary 4:23
8. Eyes Like The Sun 4:42

9. Distant And Cold 4:03

10. Departure 4:56

 

Fallujah are:

Scott Carstairs                  Lead guitars

Andrew Baird                  Drums

Rob Morey                  Bass

Antonio Palermo         Vocals

 

FALLUJAH online:

www.facebook.com/fallujahofficial

https://twitter.com/fallujahbayarea

www.nuclearblast.de/fallujah

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