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Band: Various Artists
Album: Falling Down IIV
Release date: April 2012

Disc I
01. Hopewell - This is This
02. Year Of No Light & Mars Red Sky - Green Rune White Totem
03. Ocoai - Mère de la Lumière du Matin [live]
04. The Flying Eyes - Apollo Creed
05. Vanessa Van Basten - Got To Say
06. Dyskinesia - Tra I Ghiacci
07. Planning For Burial - Friendship
08. Aidan Baker - Instrumental B
09. Julie Christmas - Scalps
10. The Winchester Club - Burn It All Down (Pt.1)

Disc II
01. Black Sun - Syntax Error
02. Rorcal - Világvége V
03. Terra Tenebrosa - Apokatastasis
04. Monarch! - Daggvrs
05. Syndrome - Now And Forever
06. Ayahuasca Dark Trip - Manantial
07. Ethereal Riffian - March Of Spiritu (Rise Of Sheol)
08. Sendelica - Ingrid Cold [remix]
09. Vespero - Flight Of The Lieutenant
10. Mouth Of The Architect - How This Will End

This. Is. This. Is. This is happening.

A couple years ago that magnificent asshole Thryce reviewed the Falling Down II compilation, referring to it thus:

"Basically the idea behind the Falling Down Compilations is that of a fancy wine and cigar gala for a forward-thinking alignment of musicians."

Not only was this very well stated, this sentiment remains dead on two years later for their 2012 comp. Particularly the "forward-thinking alignment of musicians."

While there is (a lot) of metal on this, this is not a metal comp. It's a music comp. You have 20 songs from 20 artists spanning some two-and-a-half hours and covering a lot of musical ground. There is, more or less, a trippy disk and a metal disk. But it is not entirely that straight forward.

Disk I kicks off pretty much the same as this review. Hopewell starts things off with the college/indy rock friendly "This Is This" which announces, well, "This is happening." From there the journey begins with an awesome, jaw dropping, trippy collaboration between Year Of No Light and Mars Red Sky. Occoai continues with a sonic homage to the Dark Side of Pink Floyd. It's all relatively smooth cosmic sailing until they punch you in the danger zone with "Friendship" by Planning For Burial.

"Scalps" by Julie Christmas is an unsettling nightmare of a track combining horribly discordant guitar and plodding drums set against the vocal stylings of Julie Christmas - who tries to conjure the best aspects of Kat Bjelland (Babes In Toyland) and crank the "nails on a chalkboard" aspect to a Spinal Tap 11.

Disk II charts a reverse course, with a flurry of metal. A track with a crushing metal groove by Black Sun gives way to the very abrasive Rorcal, who start things slowly before pushing to Ludicrous speed. Creepy Terra Tenebrosa gives way to the 10 minute slow bruising of Monarch!. Just as you're reeling from all this the floor drops out from under you with a mellow and slightly creepy minimalist piece by Syndrome and more odd chill courtesy of Ayahuasca Dark Trip. The album picks up again, and includes an awesome stoner doom track by Ethereal Riffian, and a couple guitar driven instrumentals before we learn, from the Mouth Of The Architect "How This Will End".

The effect of the sack tap and the trapdoor on these two disks is definitely worthy of note. The sudden change in direction and break in mood sort of resets your listening experience a bit. Even if the general line-ups of "trippy rock" and "metal" already vary significantly from one song to the next.

I realize I basically almost song-by-songed this in an effort to compress 20 different tracks on two disks into a relatively concise review, but this thing would read like The Economist if I adequately explored and reported on each track, and no one wants that. While there were a couple tracks that didn't sit well with me (*cough* Julie, I'm looking in your direction here *cough*), the vast bulk of the two disks were really cool tunes. If forced to pick three faves, I'll give out stars to the Year Of No Light/Mars Red Sky collaboration, Ayahuasca Dark Trip, and Ethereal Riffian.

If anything I've said sounds vaguely intriguing, it's probably worth your while to check these tunes out. Individual mileage will vary, especially given the nature of the bands selected for the comp.

The two French hommes behind this project have a bright future ahead in the Le Ministre De L'Excellente Musique.

As with prior versions, this comp is limited to 1,000 copies with some flashback-inducing packaging. They can be found here.

Written on 06.06.2012 by BitterCOld has been officially reviewing albums for MetalStorm since 2009.


Comments: 13   Visited by: 290 users
06.06.2012 - 01:34
Definitely checking this out. Ocoai blows my mind, then there is Year Of No Light and Mars Red Sky teaming up? Shit son.... can't wait to hear the rest.
"A life all mine
Is what I choose
At the end of my days"
--The Gathering "A Life All Mine" from Souvenirs
06.06.2012 - 03:52

I'm checking this out.
06.06.2012 - 03:52

The artwork is enough to make me want to buy this. Sounds quite interesting.
My lo-fi synth project:
06.06.2012 - 04:15

Ayahuasca Dark trip is an awesome name
06.06.2012 - 14:19
proofread free
Mucho interested in both CD's, will try to listen to it in some sort of way
He who is not bold enough
to be stared at from across the abyss
is not bold enough
to stare into it himself.
06.06.2012 - 19:03
Troy Killjoy
IIV? What does that even mean? 14? 115? An alternate version of III? I'm so confused...
"Wise men talk because they have something to say; fools because they have to say something."
06.06.2012 - 22:17
X-Ray Rod
Written by Troy Killjoy on 06.06.2012 at 19:03
An alternate version of III? ...

Most probably...

It looks retarded though but I don't mind considering how interesting this looks.
Written by BloodTears on 19.08.2011 at 18:29
Like you could kiss my ass
Written by Milena on 20.06.2012 at 10:49
Rod, let me love you.
06.06.2012 - 23:11
The Ancient One
Meh. metal (and music) are chock full of bands who use alternate spellings.
get the fuck off my lawn.

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08.06.2012 - 05:15
Edmund Fogg

That sounds like another episode of A music lovers wet dream
You cannot sedate all the things you hate - MM
The Observer is the source of reality - Bloom
God damn it!! What did Diddy didn't do? - Satan
09.06.2012 - 15:35

Nice review approach. I'd like to add two points: even though the tracks on the cd's can differ hugely from each other, the order of the tracks is set up very carefully so that there really is a nice flow and no big turns (except maybe between Ethereal Riffian and Sendelica).
Secondly, all the tracks are unreleased. So if you're into even one or two of the bands on this comp, it's worthwhile to check out the whole thing. I discovered some great new bands on all three Falling Down compilations.
09.06.2012 - 20:05
Au Pays Natal
Unreleased tracks from YONL and MOTA? Sooo in...
10.06.2012 - 03:34
Mr. Blonde

Out of 20 bands, I'm only familiar with one... Mouth of the Architect. I dig them, but as for the other 19 bands, is there any relation at all? Or is it a total smorgasbord of different sounds? From the review I would guess the latter. The review was well written but I just don't have much knowledge about many of the bands listed at all, even then I am somewhat intrigued by this album.

I caught a reference to the mighty Pink Floyd in there, I'm going to start by checking out this Ocoai.
21.07.2012 - 17:13

If you dig MoTA then you'll probably enjoy the direction of everything on here, if you check the tracklists of the other Falling Down compilations they're basically coming from the whole post metal direction anyway.
Got mine today, anyone got a translation of the quotes in the booklet? Je ne parle pas francais.

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