Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Single Review: THE DUSKFALL World Of Lies

The Duskfall’s Facebook community page announces the band’s return. This is encouraging news though I wasn’t aware they left. I read the Swedish band took a seven year hiatus following a demo, a compilation appearance and four full lengths from 2001 to 2007. In 2014 they released a new full length Where The Tree Stands Dead and in 2015 their latest single was made available for streaming. Their newly released track World Of Lies is for fans of Hypocrisy, Amon Amarth and God Dethroned, who appreciate Iron Maiden lead harmonies and deeply buried but notable hardcore undertones: all the elements that made melodic death metal worthwhile from 1996 to 2000. For my first impression of what the band does musically, they pull off carrying the torch for those bands cited with a vengeance. The production is so caustic, most expressly in Mikael Sandorf and Jakob Björnfot’s guitars, I suspect my face is going to be corroded by a sheet of acid-coated sandpaper. One song is little to go on when determining a band’s innate talent, but the Soundcloud link that this track appears on also features two others: pre-production clips of Meadows and Peacemaker. The lead harmonies are prominent in World Of Lies and ease the listener through a song that is an otherwise rough customer. As do the clean production in the drum and bass tracks (Sebastian Lindgren, Anton Lindbäck). Aki Häkkinen exhibits powerful vocals and sufficient range to handle the mood changes. Close to the end is a brief section with the leads providing some respite before the song is carried all the way home. -Dave Wolff

No comments:

Post a Comment