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Fall of the Idols - Solemn Verses (IMPORT) (CD)

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Origin: Sweden
Released: 2012
Catalog number: IHRCD100
From its early days Fall of the Idols has been a talented and unique voice in the doom community. Their work is rooted in traditional doom, but their sound is anything but. The band’s always had a subtle psychedelic aura that’s not overbearing but definitely contributes to the Fall of the Idols personality. Central to that sound are the rich, distinctive vocals of Jyrki Hakomaki. He has a fantastic, muscular clean delivery, but also escalates into the odd roar, as well as a barbiturate-laced droning delivery that’s layered with accompanying vocal tracks to supply an almost blunted, bleary-eyed gloominess.

The band certainly hasn't collected any rust over the last handful of years, and Solemn Verses sees Fall of the Idols continue the directions on The Séance; namely to descend deeper into darkened despondent depths, yet also lashing out with uptempo, very un-doomish aggressive passages. Solemn Verses is a dark work of meditative doom, yet on occasion seems to transcend the genre with an almost rock-like spirit. It’s also the most dynamic album to date, as the band’s morose, haunting doom is draped with consistent turns into a subdued, hypnotic, and occasionally fragile psychedelia (“Genius Loqi” and stretches of “Hymn”) or an uncharacteristic cathartic belligerence, such as the coda of “Descant Deific Psalms” and the almost Celtic Frost-like propulsive staccato riffing and snarling vocals on “The New Crusade.” The centerpiece of the record is “Cycle of the Fallen,” a mostly slow-burning lugubrious doomster that touches on ‘70s rock and features some glorious, impasisoned vocal transitions from Hakomaki.

Solemn Verses is an evolutionary step for Fall of the Idols, and although immediately impressive, my early impression is that this album will also be a true grower. It’s more deeply textured and employs a wider breadth of mood and melodies than their earlier work while retaining the band’s distinctive personality. Another fantastic album from a fantastic band that has yet to receive the attention it deserves.