OCTOBER FALLS is yet another one of those small Black Metal bands, consisting of one member and sometimes using a few guest musicians. This Finnish project has gone from an acoustic and ambient approach to Black Metal on this, the third, release. The EP, “The Streams Of The End,” is a quite anonymous Black Metal release with buzzing guitars played over drumming varying in speed and intensity, but mostly using blast beats. The three first tracks are Black Metal songs at different speeds and the title track is a fairly long acoustic outro.
There is one aspect of OCTOBER FALLS’s music that separates the band from the bunch, though. That is the fact that throughout the entire record, an acoustic guitar plays beside the Metal instruments. It is placed fairly high in the mix and makes sure that there is always a melody in the songs. It has a melancholy tone to it and doesn’t vary a lot, but at least it manages to keep the EP from being completely anonymous. This is, no doubt, still left in the music from the early days and could have proved successful.
I am not overwhelmed though. The Metal is too generic and the method of creating an own sound is overused, since that acoustic guitar never stops playing throughout the record. Some would maybe define this as a folk influence, but my definition of folk is a little narrower than “any non-electric instrument”. This EP works as background music and is in no way unbearable; it just isn’t interesting enough for me to recommend it.
(Online March 19, 2008)