Patterns In Mythology
Review by Adam M on August 12, 2019.
Falls of Rauros have a unique sound that traverses the likes of post-black metal and folk to good degree. They have a number of dynamic changes that makes them a constantly interesting act to follow. Beyond the second track on the disc there are not many outright harsh segments and this is a huge plus for those of us that don’t like the rawest of black metal.
The band aren’t afraid to be stylistically different and this will attract fans from a number of different sub-genres. The feel good element of the disc will bring post metal fans to the disc, but then the authentic acoustic portions will bring folk fans to the fold. The constant change in direction made this a fun and unpredictable album. Yet, things are not perfect. Some bands like Alcest that emphasize post or shoegaze elements do so more convincingly than the band tries to accomplish here. The sum of the parts is greater than the individual portions, however, and that’s what makes Falls of Rauros so fun to listen to. Their music has a majestic flavour, but also a very distinct black metal one and it’s this contrast that is so compelling. They aren’t sure of their whole identity, however, and the fragmentation prevents this from being an outstanding disc.
If the band came out a bit more focused, they would be even stronger than they already are. There is no doubt in my mind that this is one of the strongest releases from the month of July, however and it needs to be heard by a variety of listeners. The feeling of being unsure of what will happen next is strong and makes this release such an enchanting one. Patterns in Mythology gets a fairly strong recommendation to post-black metal fans along with folk ones.
Rating: 7.4 out of 10