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Release date: 10 March 2012
Style: Black doom metal

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01. My Body Glows Red
02. The Insistance's Wish
03. Tempest
04. The Clouds Are Burning

Staff award for the best Extreme Doom album of 2012

Review

Staff review by
BitterCOld

Rating:
9.0
When is epic fail epic win?

When it's Faal's epic four track full-length The Clouds Are Burning.

Many moons ago, my Doom Pusher, Marcel, sent me a package with a bunch of t-shirts, promo materials, and disks. Faal's Abhorrence - Salvation was probably my favorite of the goodies inside.

A couple years later, they have finally followed up the EP with the monstrous album, The Clouds Are Burning. While early in the year, I imagine this will still be near the top of the ridiculous musical goodie bag that is 2012.

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published 27.04.2012 | Comments (40)

Staff pick by
BitterCOld

26.04.2012 To steal a line from my forthcoming review:

"When is epic fail epic win?"

When it's Faal's epic "The Clouds Are Burning".

Four tracks of unforgiving doom punishment that shifts up tempos from glacial to epic swagger to full on headbanging, all while the members of the band assault you, your family and the girl you took to prom with tons of sonic cold fuzzies.

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Troy Killjoy - 26.04.2012 at 22:52  
  Really hoping this turns out to be as good as the debut.
BoxCar Willy - 27.04.2012 at 02:27  
  Checking it out NAO.
!J.O.O.E.! - 27.04.2012 at 15:14  
Rating: 8 Superb stuff. Very dynamic and varied for the style.
Chobo_jokeR - 02.05.2012 at 03:55  
Rating: 9 Fantastic album. Really enjoyable.
InnerSelf - 02.05.2012 at 15:22  
Rating: 9 Only heard the song they have on their Bandcamp and it was awesome.
omjaimes - 27.05.2012 at 00:22  
Rating: 8 Very good album, it has all this kinds of things that you find in a funeral doom metal of today. The psycho intentions and emotional harmonies are very enjoyable
Draugen - 28.05.2012 at 17:52  
Rating: 8 This is one of those albums that required numerous listen-throughs before I could get somewhat of a grip on it. That it was good, excellent actually, was evident from very early on however.

The Clouds Are Burning has got a lot of interesting ingredients and is surprisingly diverse despite its rather short duration. There is no shortage of melody and luckily those details are incorporated in a nice way as to not get too prominent. In addition, the shifts in tempo and atmosphere work great, creating a pleasant(?) symbiosis between the slower sections and the more up-tempo ones.

The production could have been slighty clearer in my opinion and it would not have hurt with an additional track but in the end that are just minor gripes for one of my favorite albums of the year so far.
Apatheria - 21.12.2012 at 02:39  
Rating: 9 Magnificent! There've been some excellent doom releases this year, with Faal definitely belonging amongst the upper tier of those releases. Faal do an excellent job of injecting a powerful aura of mystery, granting the album an archaic atmosphere. There are tempo shifts and a lot of dynamics involved, and overall, this is an excellent outing. One of my top 10 this year.
tea[m]ster - 09.02.2013 at 23:14  
  I was having a good day, life was enjoyable, smiles everywhere, laughter abundant, just in a good mood...then I played this for the first time...now I want to hang myself. God life sucks. I am cranky. How sad. I put this up there with Arcana Coelestia as the most depressing music I've ever heard.
Uldreth - 09.02.2013 at 23:25  
Rating: 9
Written by tea[m]ster on 09.02.2013 at 23:14

I was having a good day, life was enjoyable, smiles everywhere, laughter abundant, just in a good mood...then I played this for the first time...now I want to hang myself. God life sucks. I am cranky. How sad. I put this up there with Arcana Coelestia as the most depressing music I've ever heard.

Weird, this album never depressed me at all.

It does have a suffocating atmosphere for sure but it always uplifted me instead.

If I bothered to listen to the extreme doom candidates, I'd probably end up voting for this anyways since this is one of my favourite doom albums altogether but I don't feel very dooming right now so I am not sure if I'll ever bother.
Pazdzioch - 10.02.2013 at 02:24  
  For me it's always an advantage, that music evokes such a extreme emotions...
Alex Fenger - 11.02.2013 at 17:24  
Rating: 8
Written by tea[m]ster on 09.02.2013 at 23:14

I was having a good day, life was enjoyable, smiles everywhere, laughter abundant, just in a good mood...then I played this for the first time...now I want to hang myself. God life sucks. I am cranky. How sad. I put this up there with Arcana Coelestia as the most depressing music I've ever heard.

Not really depressing to me, actually a bit uplifting. I guess it's not odd for people to get different emotional reactions to music
Lit. - 31.08.2013 at 07:46  
  Soon as I started this album, a heavy thunderstorm brewed outside.
Should I be concerned or what?
MELANCOHOLIC - 14.09.2013 at 17:39  
Rating: 9 Great album. The atmospheric stuff is amazing though i find it a bit short or maybe i am wrong :/

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